Manly Chastity

  On a hot summer day, a teenager was tempted to drive the family van to Dairy Queen for some ice cream. He was too young to have a driver’s license and obviously did not have his parents’ permission. The young man consented to the temptation. As he arrived, the teenager was shocked to see his father there who was on his lunch break. When dad saw the van driven by his son, he told him to walk home while he pondered the appropriate punishment.

If each time a person sinned through lust of the eyes he was immediately punished, he would quickly amend his life.  You cannot disobey God’s commandments without bringing down trouble upon yourself, even if the consequences may not be immediate.  Our Lord was very explicit when He said, “Anyone who so much as looks with lust at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 

Lust of the eyes is a deadly sin because it is so easy to commit and is the cause of the damnation of countless souls.  Our Lady of Fatima said, “More souls go to Hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”  Habitual lust of the eyes leads to lifelong consequences including countless secret sins of pornography and self-abuse, the destruction of marriages and families, lies, and numerous other sins.  It often results in final impenitence.  

Young men and even older men frequently turn to pornography and lust to dull their pain and to give them pleasure.  These sins remain in the imagination and memory.  When tempted to lust of the eyes we must immediately close the door and deny entrance to impure thoughts and feelings.  If we do not do so, it can lead to hardness of heart.

Through hardness of heart, the soul just ignores God’s commandments or determines for itself what is right and wrong.  Satan tries to convince people that they won’t be punished for their sins because so many other people are sinning; it is considered the “norm.”  Their whole lives are centered around the forbidden pleasures associated with habitual sins of lust.  Sadly, even Catholics are addicted to this vice.  They rarely resist temptation, living habitually in the state of mortal sin while hoping to repent on their deathbed at the last moment.

Deathbed conversions are extremely rare.  A priest of 50 years mentioned that he never saw a deathbed conversion.  Anyone who thinks they can wait that long are dead wrong.  As you live, so shall you die.  If you live in habitual mortal sin and make little effort to improve, you will likely lose your immortal soul and suffer forever in Hell. 

You will stop praying; you will give up going to confession; you will be reluctant to put forth the effort to be good; you will habitually reject grace; you will miss Mass with regularity or make sacrilegious Communions; you will not avoid occasions of sin.  This sets up a pattern where you continually demand self-satisfaction, even when it’s sinful.  Your weaknesses and vices take over your life.  “It should also be noted that the sins which commonly lead to the breaking of the sixth and ninth commandments are gluttony, drunkenness, intemperance, idleness, bad company…, the neglect of prayer” [and watching pornography on your phone, computer and TV.]  (Rev. F. Drinkwater, Omnibus of Catechism Stories, p. 242.)  Sin compounds itself. 

The gift of sight is one of the noblest of the senses given to us by God.  It must be carefully guarded because its misuse can become a great danger to our salvation.  We remember Christ words, “If your eye is an occasion of sin…”  During the administration of the sacrament of Extreme Unction, the first sense to be anointed is the eyes because they are the source of so many sins.

Nothing is in the mind unless it has first passed through the senses.  Since we are faced with so many sources of temptation, it is extremely important that we mortify our senses, especially our eyes.  We must not stare at sinful and indecent images, nor if caught unawares, allow them to linger in the mind. 

Most of the images in our mind have entered through the sense of sight.  They enter our imagination and are stored in our memory.  The devil frequently tempts us with the sinful images we have seen in the past in order to bring about our spiritual ruin.  Although custody of the eyes is difficult for all of us, it is extremely difficult for young men and all men for that matter.  This is because they have natural tendencies within them that make them very interested in looking at the female body.  They receive a chemical high from looking at indecently clothed females.

It is difficult to live a pure life because society has eliminated any rules for decency and modesty, not only in mode of dress, but also in every fiber of its being such as music, art, entertainment, literature, the internet, TV, movies, fashions, education, etc.  Many television programs today are a serious occasion of sin and must be avoided.  They are not at all like they were in the distant past.  Nor is it safe to even leave your children in front of it during an apparently innocuous program.  If you happen to find what you think is an acceptable program, do not think you or your children are safe.

Many commercials have become near pornographic.  A non-Catholic nurse mentioned just the other day that she was abhorred by one of the commercials she saw during a generally acceptable program.  She was appalled by the lack of basic morality so blatantly displayed today.   

In spite of the numerous occasions of sin surrounding us, especially pornographic websites, we must guard our eyes, our minds and our hearts so that we live according to the commandments of God.  Unless we take the necessary spiritual safeguards, we will live, think and act according to the standards of the world and commit numerous sins.  According to St. Alphonsus, “Nearly all the passions that assail us have their origin in the unrestrained liberty of the eyes, for as a rule it is our unguarded looks that awaken in us inordinate inclinations and passion…  St. Augustine says: ‘From the look proceeds the [bad] thought and from the [bad] thought the desire.’”  (The School of Christian Perfection, p. 124.)

We must practice custody of the eyes and turn away immediately from occasions of sin.  If we give them too much freedom, they will escape our control and cause our spiritual ruin.  St. John Chrysostom compares our eyes to a wild horse that is difficult to control.  If we do not keep a tight rein over them, they will run away with us and our will shall become enslaved to the desire for carnal pleasure. 

St. Basil has written, “If we desire our soul to direct its gaze to Heaven, we must keep our eyes fixed on the earth.”  If we pray to God for assistance, have a good intention and practice mortification of the eyes in our day-to-day life, we will not be conquered by temptation whether at the mall, the grocery store, when with friends, and when dealing with persons of the opposite gender.  We can even help discipline our eyes by willingly avoiding even what is not sinful, but pleasurable as a penance.    

When assaulted by temptations against purity, we must immediately turn our mind away from the evil thought and pray the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary until it is overcome.  St. Francis stated, “As wax disappears before the fire and as dust is scattered by the wind, so the entire army of evil spirits flee away at the simple invocation of the name of Mary.”  These prayers supply supernatural strength and have special efficacy to conquer temptations. 

“A vivid faith is the strongest bulwark of chastity, even as a chaste life is an unfailing support of faith,” said Fr. Fulgence Meyer.  (Safeguards of Chastity, p. 79.)  In addition, we must humble ourselves because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (1 Peter 5:5.)  The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.  You need to build a line of defense with your eyes, in your mind and in your heart.
 
In order to amend our life, we must have the will to change and daily strive to conquer our evil passions.  We must lay the ax to the root and be ruthless in overcoming our predominant sin, starving our sinful desires.  When unruly, we can’t deal gently with our passions or slowly back away or try to tame them little by little.

Frequent confession and Holy Communion strengthen us against temptation.  “It is of the greatest importance to reveal our temptations to our confessor.  ‘A temptation revealed is half overcome’ says St. Philip Neri.”  (St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, The School of Christian Perfection, p. 123.) 

According to The Catechism of the Council of Trent, “There is… such power in the… [Holy Eucharist] as to preserve us pure and unsullied from sin, keep us safe from the assaults of temptation, and, as by some heavenly medicine, prepare the soul against the easy approach and infection of… [sin, like a strong immune system.]  It also restrains and represses the lusts of the flesh, for while it inflames the soul with the fire of charity, it of necessity extinguishes the ardor of [sinful passion.]”  (p. 244.)  Our Lord heals all the wounds of the soul, adorns it with His choicest gifts and unites it to Himself.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great aid to practice chastity because she is our loving Mother and crushes Satan’s head.  How many souls have preserved purity by practicing devotion to the Queen of Angels!  Recite three Hail Marys morning and evening and the daily rosary for the grace of purity.

The rosary is Our Lady’s favorite prayer.  We must pray the rosary devoutly every day to remain pure and overcome temptation.  In 1208, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave the rosary to St. Dominic, saying, “Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces.  I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who recite the rosary.  The rosary shall be a powerful weapon against Hell.  It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.”

The other sacramentals given to us by Our Heavenly Mother strengthen and protect us from sin.  She told St. Simon Stock, “Take this scapular.  Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.”  In addition to wearing the Brown Scapular, we should also wear the Miraculous Medal.  In 1830, the Mother of God told St. Catherine Labore, “Times are evil in France and in the world…  Those who wear this medal will receive great graces, especially if it worn around the neck.”  God has given us so many spiritual aids to strengthen us.  If we fall, it is only due to our own fault and stubbornness.

The following true story can be applied not only to those who are prone to sinful reading, but especially to those who spend much wasted and dangerous time on cell phone, computer, movies and television.  Think well before you say it is harmless. 

“During the course of a mission given at Marseilles, a lady came to see one of the Fathers who preached.   She saluted him affectedly, making use of silly, exaggerated words.  He easily knew from that, that the lady was in the habit of reading novels, and other books of the kind. 

‘I see you read novels, madam!’  ‘I do, Father, but then they do me no harm whatever; I merely read them for recreation.’  ‘It would be well for you in that case, madam, before reading one of these books, to kneel down and say to God; ‘My God, I am going to read this romance to please Thee; I know there are bad doctrines in it, bad examples, and bad advice; no matter I am going to read it to accomplish my baptismal vows, and to promote Thy glory and the salvation of my soul.’ 

‘But Father, I could never say such a prayer as that; it would be mocking God.’  ‘No madam, if the book be good, you can and should say such a prayer.’   ‘But-but, Father.’  ‘Ah! There it is—you begin to feel that the book is not so harmless as you thought at first.’

‘Tell me, were you more pious formerly, than you are now?’  ‘Yes, Father!’  ‘And did you read novels, then?’  ‘Oh no, Father, not at all.’  ‘Did you once prefer serious studies, useful work, grave occupations?’  ‘Yes, Father!’  ‘And did you then read novels?’  ‘No, Father!’  ‘Were you once wiser, more obedient, less addicted to luxury and foolish expense?’  ‘Yes Father!’  ‘And did you read novels?’  ‘No, Father!’  ‘You formerly frequented the Sacraments with more relish and with more exactness?’  ‘Alas! Yes, Father!’  ‘And did you read novels?’  ‘No Father!’  ‘Well madam, I have nothing more to say to you; you see yourself the danger of reading such silly productions.’”
(Rev. George Howe, The Catechist vol. 2, p. 515.)


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Prayer to St. Joseph:
O glorious St. Joseph, thou who, on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night, put fear aside to take thy Virgin Bride into thy home, show thyself today as my advocate and protector. Guardian of the Christ Child, defend me against every attack of the enemy, preserve me from the dangers that surround me on every side. Stand by when accused, stretch out they hand when I am tempted, comfort me when I am fearful, forsake me not when I am weak.

In thee God has given to me a model of faith, of obedience in adversity, of chastity in the midst of evil, and of hope in the uncertainty of these times, Thou art the terror of demons and the healer of those who fight the spiritual combat. Come, then to my defense. Keep me under thy gracious protection. Amen.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, California, is much like any Catholic church you might have attended before the Second Vatican Council occurred in the 1960's. This Council, supposedly intended to bring about a genuine spiritual renewal in the living of our Faith, inaugurated liturgical changes that broke drastically from the Church's sacred liturgy and traditions of nearly 2,000 years. It is because of these changes and the resultant universal loss of faith among so many bishops, priests, nuns and laity, that Queen of Angels and chapels like this one are drawing more and more interest from concerned Catholics all over the world.

The pastor of Queen of Angels is Father Dominic Radecki, CMRI, a priest belonging to the religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen . The bishop and priests of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) offer only the Tridentine Latin Mass in all the churches and chapels they serve. Remaining faithful to all of the Church's venerable teachings and traditions, Queen of Angels Church reflects the stability and endurance of truths and doctrines that will never change with the times.

The faithful receive Holy Communion on their tongues as they kneel at the communion rail in humble adoration of the Real Presence of God. Ladies wear head coverings and modest clothing out of respect. The reverent silence in the House of God indicates a living faith in Christ Who dwells in the tabernacle.

We have a full schedule of activities at our church. The Sacraments are administered exactly the way they were before Vatican II: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, the Holy Eucharist, Matrimony and Extreme Unction. Parish organizations who attend Queen of Angels, ranging from basic catechism instruction for the youth and converts to the Faith, to our Confraternity of Christian Mothers. For those who wish to lead a more dedicated spiritual life, we have the Confraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen. We invite you to check out all of our parish activities on this website.

We at Queen of Angels welcome visitors to our parish at anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas and Easter. Although the number of parishioners has outgrown our small church, newcomers are always welcome.

Each of our parishioners adds something unique to the family atmosphere we think is very special here at our church. Come and see it for yourself! If you have not been to a Latin Mass in many years, if you have never been to one at all, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at Queen of Angels. You will feel as if you have come home, as indeed you have.

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Prayer to the August Queen of Heaven

August Queen of Heaven, Sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent's head, we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen

O good and tender Mother Thou shalt ever be our love and our hope.

Holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen



Novena of Confidence
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(for family relations that have fallen away)

O Lord Jesus Christ, to Thy Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention (silently mention here the names you are praying for). Only look upon me, then do what Thy Heart inspires. Let Thy Sacred Heart decide. I count on it. I trust in it. I throw myself on its mercy, Lord Jesus! Thou wilt not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked Thee for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Thy open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father looks upon it, covered with Thy Precious Blood, He will not refuse it.s It will no longer be my prayer but Thine, O Sacred Heart of Jesus. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee. Let me never be confounded. Amen.



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The time may be delayed, the manner may be unexpected, but the answer is sure to come.

Not a tear of sacred sorrow, not a breath of holy desire poured out to God will ever be lost, but in God's own time and way will be wafted back again in clouds of mercy and fall in showers of blessings on you and on those for whom you pray.

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Baptisms: One parent and the sponsors must be practicing Catholics who attend only the Traditional Latin Mass. Call the pastor to make arrangements.

Confessions:
Sundays -
one hour before Mass. Weekdays - 10 minutes before Mass.
1st Friday and 1st Saturday - during the Rosary.

Communion for the Sick:
Inform Father if you are unable to attend Mass and wish to receive Holy Communion and/or Extreme Unction.

Marriages
For registered members of Queen of Angels parish only. Please contact the rectory at least six months prior to the wedding date for marriage instructions.

Mass Intentions:
If you would like to have Holy Mass offered for your intention, please use the envelopes provided in the back of the church. The customary offering is $25.00. Mass requests are honored in the order in which they are received. If you wish a Mass offered on a particular day, it must be submitted at least a month in advance. Mass requests for special days will be honored when possible.

First Holy Communion Classes:
Classes are held every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Confirmation Classes:
For the children: on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.
For the adults: on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.

Prayers For Rain

O God, in Whom we live, move and have our being, grant us seasonable rain, so that our temporal needs being sufficiently supplied, we may seek with greater confidence after things eternal.

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the gifts which we offer, and garnt us in season the blessing of sufficient rain.

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, beneficial rain and deign to pour out showers from Heaven upon the parched face of the earth. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost. God, world without end. Amen



Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located in Santa Clarita, California and draws parishioners to the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) from all over Southern CA and the Greater Los Angeles areas.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
24244 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, California 91321

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  Pastor: Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
Church: (661) 255-9849
Rectory (661) 269-4943
FAX: (661) 269-5134
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PO Box 220208
Santa Clarita, CA 91322