Saturday, 30 November 2013

Dia 's Naomh Aindrea!

Today Carmel Books was running a stall at the annual Christmas Fayre established to raise much needed funds for the nearby St. Michael's School.

And today, of course, is also the Feast of Scotland's holy patron St. Andrew.

Fr. Alban Butler writes in Lives of the Saints for Every Day of the Year:

"St. Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, 'We have found the Messias,' and he brought him to Jesus.

It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes.

St. Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr's crown. After suffering a cruel scourging at Patrae in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross.

When St. Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. 'O good cross!' he cried, 'made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee'.

Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion".

Friday, 29 November 2013

Formally Revoked or Formerly Revoked?

On the subject of dictionaries, the page happened to fall open in the Carmel Books tea-room on the word

1.   officially cancel (a decree, decision or promise).
synonyms: cancel, repeal, rescind, reverse, abrogate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw, overrule, override.

In Evangelii Gaudium, 247, we read that "We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29)".

From the context of this section entitled Relations with Judaism it seems crystal clear that what's being referred to is not the shared Abrahamic Covenant of the New Israel which is the Catholic (meaning Universal) Church and the Universal Faith but the Mosaic or Sinaitic Covenant of the Old Law - "their covenant with God", "people of the covenant and their faith", "people of the Old Covenant".

Furthermore we read that "As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God... with them we accept his revealed word... the Church also is enriched when she receives the values of Judaism".

Denzinger's The Sources of Catholic Dogma is always a very useful book to have to hand. In it we read the solemn dogmatically-binding declarations of the Council of Florence:

"The sacrosanct Roman Church, founded by the voice of Our Lord and Saviour... firmly believes, professes and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosaic Law... ceased... All therefore who after that time observe the ... requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian Faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors"

And further:

"It firmly believes, professes and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart 'into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels' [Matt. 25:41] , unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock ... and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church".

Thursday, 28 November 2013

48,000 words and The Word

We thought it might be useful to offer readers A Catholic Dictionary to help them plough through the 48,000 odd words of the much-talked-about exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

But then we realised that A Catholic Dictionary wouldn't be of much use, and A Glossary of Sociological Social Psychology just isn't on our stocklist.

The only other alternatives we can offer are A Catholic Child's Picture Dictionary or A Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin but neither of these, although very useful books in their own right, would help in this particular case.

The pictures in the Catholic Child's Picture Dictionary are great to look at though, as are those in God's Alphabet: The ABC's of the Church.

Our recommendation is to stick with the ABC's of the Church. As it says on the back cover: "May I never forget to zealously fight for God's Alphabet".

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Damian Thompson's Christmas Present

"If this isn't a declaration that non-Christians go to heaven then I don't know what is".

One of our staff, having just spluttered out a mouthful of tea whilst reading this sentence from Damian Thompson's analysis of the newly published apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, has encouraged Carmel Books to undertake to send Mr. Thompson a charitable Christmas present.

We will send him a copy of Extra Ecclesiam Nullis omnino Salvatur.

If this isn't a declaration that non-Catholics do not go to Heaven then we don't know what is!

We haven't yet read the apostolic exhortation so can only take Damian Thompson's word that it says what Damian Thompson claims it says, but perhaps a kind reader or two might like to send the same charitable gift to the Vatican anyway?

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Supporting the African Missions

Another choice of calendar for 2014 is available from Carmel Books.

Produced for the benefit of the missions in southern Africa this calendar is themed with photographs and interesting information about famous crucifixes like that of La Salette, the miraculous crucifix venerated by St. Gemma Galgani, and the poisoned crucifix of Guadalupe.

Just a few days ago several dozen Catholic children in the destitute township of Soweto were invested in the brown Scapular of Mount Carmel supplied to the African missions by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

As well as supporting the missions by purchasing this calendar please also consider helping the good sisters who are only limited in the number of scapulars they can make and send to the missions by the lack of benefactors.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Meet the Publishers - The Kolbe Centre for the Study of Creation

One of the major thrusts of the Modernist attack on the Faith that's resulted in the rampant Liberalism and widespread apostasy seen and felt all around us today, was on Holy Scripture.

And the way it was done was by appealing to 'The Age of Reason' and reinterpreting Holy Scripture under the lens of Rationalism and Scientism.

Its primary target was the Book of Genesis in an (very successful) attempt to destroy Catholic doctrines regarding Creation to replace them with an Evolutionary mindset - philosophical, historical and scientific Evolution.that would undermine and destroy Catholicism.

The Kolbe Centre for the Study of Creation was founded on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2000, bringing together a host of Catholic theologians, philosophers, apologists and natural scientists in an attempt to fight back and re-assert the traditional Catholic doctrines and belief in Genesis.

It's held several major conferences in Rome and countless seminars in parishes throughout the world, including in Britain and Ireland where it works in conjunction with the Daylight Origins Society, as well as publishing its conference proceedings and other materials defending the traditional Catholic doctrines of Genesis against the Evolutionary paradigm.

Catholic Assessment of Evolutionary Theory, A - John Wynne
Creation and Time - Dr. Dominique Tassot, Peter Wilders, Hugh Owen
Creation vs. Evolution - Eric Bermingham
Doctrines of Genesis 1-11, The - Fr. Victor Warkulwiz
Evolution As Seen by Modern Science (DVD) - Various Catholic Scientists
Evolution Theory & The Sciences: A Critical Examination - Various Catholic Scientists and Philosophers
Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome - Dr. John Sandford
Impact of Research on Race Formation and Mutations on The Theory of Evolution (DVD) - Dr. Maciej Giertych
International Catholic Symposium on Creation - Various Catholic Scientists and Apologists
On Creation and The Fall - St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church
Scientific Critique of Evolution, A - Various Catholic Scientists
Special Creation Rediscovered - Gerry Keane

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mexican Martyrdom

23rd November is also the anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, executed during what Graham Greene described at the time as "the fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth".

Ten years before Spain's heroic Catholic uprising against the Masonic and Communist persecution of the Church and Her faithful, the Catholics of Mexico arose in a defensive war against the tyranny of the Masonic and Communist regime that had launched a great persecution of the Church in Mexico.

Some 40,000 Catholic priests, religious and faithful lay down their earthly lives in defence of the Faith during the Cristero War.

A 14 year old Cristero martyr, Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio wrote a note to his Aunt. "I have been condemned to death. At 8:30, the moment I have looked forward to so much will arrive".

"At 11 o'clock Jose was taken to army headquarters a block away from the church where, without trial, his road to Calvary began. With barbaric cruelty the soles of his feet were sliced off. Then, hands bound behind his back, he was forced by Picazo's thugs and some soldiers to walk the stony road to the cemetery, about a mile away.

A small group of friends and relatives followed behind, including Jose's mother and some of the children who knew him. To this day, surviving witnesses remember the bloodstained footprints left by Jose Luis. In an effort to keep him from waking the town with his shouts, he was mocked, stabbed with small knives, and hit with the butt of a gun so hard that his jaw was broken.

Although moaning with pain he kept shouting loudly, 'Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe'!

The soldiers stopped him every so often, urging, 'If you say, 'Death to Christ the King, we'll let you live'. But his response was unswerving: 'Viva Cristo Rey!' "

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Have Books - Will Travel

Carmel Books is on the road today - a veritable travelling library of Catholic classics - for we've been invited to set up a bookstall at a conference in The Smoke (we did utter a feeble protest that it might damage the books and make us cough, but they insisted we come anyway)!

It's actually our second conference in as many months because a few weeks ago we were privileged to set up the bookstall for a brilliant series of talks on Catholic Social Teaching and its practical implementation given by John Sharpe, the Managing Director of IHS Press.

Today, we'll be eagerly listening to instructive talks on subjects ranging from the Spanish Civil War to Hilaire Belloc to the Catholic family. And, of course, we'll be bringing a wide variety of books reflecting the themes of the conference.

Being reminded of the murderous Red and Anarchist Butchery and Terror in Spain this weekend seems Providential as it marks the annual Spanish (and Europe-wide) remembrance of 20th November which is the very day on which the two great Catholic Commanders of Spain's defensive war were called to their eternal rest, some 39 years apart.

Everyone knows the name of General Franco but few are familiar with Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange and the popular leader amongst multitudes of Spaniards of all classes. He was martyred in prison in 1936, aged 33, on the orders of the barely-disguised Communist government already then pursuing a bloody policy of persecution against the Church and Her faithful.

"It happened, by an amazing chance, that a fellow-prisoner was a priest, to whom José Antonio was allowed access that he might be shriven. At dawn on the 20th of November, he bade farewell to his brother and was taken out into a courtyard to be shot. Prophetically anticipating the future plenitude of the movement he created, he stood to face the rifles with two Falangists on one side and two Requetés on the other. He gave a lusty cry of Arriba España and kissed the crucifix in humility. A moment later his body was dead.

That body now lies in a tomb before the High Altar of the Basilica of The Escorial, to which it was conveyed by thousands of Spaniards who carried the coffin on foot from Alicante.

Franco has said:

'Spaniards: José Antonio has died, the news-criers say! José Antonio lives, the Falange declares!

What is death and what is life?... Life is immortality... The seed that is not lost, but day after day is renewed with new vigour and freshness... This is the life, to-day, of José Antonio' ".

Friday, 22 November 2013

Saint Cecilia

"In the nineteenth century there was a concerted effort on the part of liberal revisionists to undermine the Church's history by challenging the veracity of the Acts of the Martyrs.

Some miraculous events associated with the lives of very popular saints, whose names were canonized in the Roman Missal, were treated with ridicule by scholars more concerned with documents than the living evidence of common tradition.

It was righteous indignation that moved Abbot Dom Gueranger to defend the cause of Saint Cecilia, whose holy celebrity had spanned fifteen centuries. The abbot's strategy was to validate the traditional accounts of all the martyrs' lives by exonerating just one.

He achieved this in the holy virgin Cecilia's case by presenting in book form every morsel of factual evidence available, especially that which modern archaeological excavations offered. As a result of his labour, there arose a refreshing new devotion to the young martyr and, at least for a time, the cynical scoffs of the proud were silenced".

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Christmas Gift to Customers

In the run up to Christmas we want to say 'thank you' to all our loyal (and new) friends and customers, so we have started to give away packs of Christmas cards with orders.

Customers ordering items coming to £60.00 or more, including the postage costs, are receiving a pack of 12 Christmas cards worth £5.95 with their orders.

A pack of 10 smaller Christmas cards worth £2.50 is being enclosed with every order coming to £40.00 or more, including the postage costs.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Meet the Publishers - Tradibooks

Tradibooks is a small, but steadily growing, publishing house (miracle of miracles, it's run by an Englishman too!) that deserves to be far more widely known simply because of the excellent range of interesting and apposite titles that it brings back into print.

In the words of the founder of Tradibooks:

"I have worked in traditional Catholic publishing since 1983 but I launched the Tradibooks imprint only in 2007.

We have fifty books in print so far: mostly old titles back in print, some new titles, and covering all the aspects of Catholic life from a 100% traditional standpoint. My favourite moment is giving new life to a really great title that is insufficiently known, like Fr Leen’s What is True Education?

I make a point of ensuring that all my books are re-set in clear print – I resent the poor quality of many facsimile reprints currently coming onto the market.

The aim of Tradibooks is not to flood the Catholic market with thousands of titles but to ensure the availability of really worthwhile books: well-written, doctrinally sound, inspiring – only the very best!

I am also a professional translator and have translated some of our titles from French or Latin.

Forthcoming projects include (a) an English translation of the Lémann brothers’ work revealing from Jewish sources the identity and detailed machinations of the members of the Sanhedrin that condemned Our Lord to death, and (b) a detailed theological study of the actual errors (not all mere ambiguities!) in the documents of the Second Vatican Council".

Adventures of Owen Evans, The - Fr. W. H. Anderdon
Beatification and Canonization - Fr. F. W. Faber
Beloved Disciple, The - Fr. H. A. Rawes
Catechism on the Choice of a State of Life - Bellarmine Catechetical Centre
Catholic Fireside Companion, The - Various Catholic Writers
Christian of the Day and the Christian of the Gospel, The - Father Emmanuel
Chronicle of St. Anthony of Padua, The - Fr. H. J. Coleridge, S.J.
Commonitorium Against Heresies - St. Vincent of Lerins
Dates of the Birth and Death of Jesus Christ, The - General Hugues de Nanteuil
Defence of the Seven Sacraments - King Henry VIII
Delict of Heresy, The - Fr. Eric F. MacKenzie
De Valore Notarum Theologicarum - Fr. Sixtus Cartechini, S.J.
End of the Present World, The - Canon Arminjon
Father William Doyle, S.J. - Professor Alfred O'Rahilly
Hell Opened to Christians - Fr. G. P. Pinamonti
House of Commons and Monarchy, The - Hilaire Belloc
How Grace Acts - St. Alphonsus Mary Ligouri
Life and Letters of St. Francis Xavier, The - Fr. H. J. Coleridge, S.J.
Life of Father Ignatius Spencer, The - Father Pius of the Holy Ghost, C.P.
Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The - Louis Veuillot
Life of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, The - Fr. Antonio Maria Coltraro
Mercy of Allah, The - Hilaire Belloc
Money Manipulation and Social Order - Fr. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp.
Pope and the Antichrist, The - Cardinal Henry Edward Manning
Relations of the Church to Society, The - Fr. Edmund O'Reilly, S.J.
Role of Money, The - Professor Frederick Soddy
School of Saint Philip Neri, The - Bishop Crispino
Secret of Saint John Bosco, The - Henri Gheon
Tales of the Angels - Fr. F. W. Faber
Theology of Prayer, The - Monsignor Joseph Fenton
Truth of Papal Claims, The - Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val
Venial Sin - Bishop John S. Vaughan
What is True Education? - Fr. Edward Leen

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Carmelite Calendar for 2014

We are pleased to announce that another new calendar for the forthcoming year has just arrived in stock.

Produced in Australia by the traditional Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel this well-produced calendar is designed specifically to help Carmelite Tertiaries follow the Rule.

It contains the Carmelite Feasts and reminders of indulgences, rubrics of the Carmelite Office and just about everything a Carmelite Tertiary will find useful on a day by day basis.

Pictured on the right are the calendar page for September and the July facing page, above it.

The cover is pictured, below.

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Papal Monarchy

On the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul we would do well to remind ourselves of the sublime dignity and calling of The Papal Monarchy.

"When nineteenth century Christendom shifted its allegiance from a divine vertical authority to the horizontal revolutionary ideals of egalitarian democracy and false liberty, Dom Gueranger's erudite polemical masterpiece contributed more than any other contemporary work to uphold the papal monarchy in all of its divinely ordained prerogatives.

This labour of the holy abbot helped to restore in Catholic Europe the spiritual sword, as well as the magisterial cathedra, to the Vicar of Christ the King. And he did so, not by any clever manipulative abuse of language, but simply by appealing to the simplicity and clarity of the gospels, universal Christian tradition, and the common consensus fidelis".

A wonderful book published before the advent of new world religion paraphernalia of beach balls, kippahs and clown noses!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Love Peace and Joy

For some reason that goofy feel-good red-nose fever hasn't quite managed to catch on at Carmel Books yet.

So in its place we would like to recommend to our friends and customers that true Love, Peace and Joy that Saint Gertrude the Great, whose feast we celebrate today, found in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Disused Dominican Doctors - A Remedy!

Today is the Feast Day of St. Albert the Great, one of the great Doctors of the Church.

It probably says a lot about the feeble and fragile state of Catholicism in the modern era that it's impossible to find any of his works, like the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, readily available.

But at least Albertus Magnus still has a 'second-hand' fame of sorts in that people may have heard of him because he was the teacher of the much better known St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, whose works are more readily available, even if disastrously neglected.

It doesn't have to be that way. And it shouldn't be!

Carmel Books has stock of a quite brilliantly-written book that introduces the intellectual thought - and its application - of St. Albert's famed and trained student in a way that every layman can easily understand.

From the Foreword of St. Thomas Aquinas: Universal Doctor:

"This book was written firstly, to express the author's conviction that there is something distorted in Western society at the beginning of the third millennium; secondly, to analyse the causes of this imbalance; thirdly and principally, to offer a set of solutions. It is the author's opinion that these solutions are still to be found in the writings of the thirteenth century philosopher and theologian, Thomas Aquinas. It is hoped that the book will succeed in introducing Thomas Aquinas' philosophical thought to a new generation...

As this is intended to be no more than an introduction to Thomas Aquinas' philosophy those readers who are more academically-minded may find an irritating lack of exact references. These have been kept to a minimum as the book is meant to be for everyone, not only for the academic....".

Thursday, 14 November 2013

2014 Ordo Just Arrived in Stock

Ordos for the coming year are beginning to arrive in stock.

Today we received the first batch of Ordos for the 2014 Liturgical calendar.

 Ordo ou Calendrier Liturgique is based upon the rubrics promulgated in 1960. Although this Ordo is produced in France and written in French, it's proved to be the popular choice amongst traditional priests celebrating the 1962 Mass in the British Isles for many years.

The Latin Ordo for 2014, following the rubrics of the Roman Missal promulgated in 1939, is currently being printed and should arrive in stock very soon.

The Ordo Recitandi Officii Divini Sacriqve Peragendi contains the necessary information enabling those who wish to celebrate the traditional Divine Office and Mass to identify those variable parts for each day of the liturgical year.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A Simple Prayer Book: Traditional Edition Coming Back In To Print

Some good news!

The traditional version of The Simple Prayer Book will be back in print - possibly before Christmas, if not in the New Year.

This really useful little pocket-sized booklet has been an important part of Catholic life for over a hundred years and in its lifetime has sold copies beyond count.

It is cheap, but extremely valuable!

Cheap in price - it will retail at about £2.50 and is ideal to give to potential converts, as well as being something that can easily be carried around for personal use by the practicing Catholic. 

Rosary beads in one pocket - Simple Prayer Book in another!

Valuable because of its precious and timeless content that has helped to form countless souls for Heaven.

Its 80 pages contain the most basic prayers, including the full text of the traditional Mass (excluding the variables), Benediction, Summary of Christian Doctrine, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and much more.

This is a reprint of the 1957 edition that carries an imprimatur from 1951, before the prayerbook was mauled in the 1960's.

We will keep readers informed as to its availablity, and pre-publication orders can be made to Carmel Books now either by phone or email.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Meet the Publishers - Dolorosa Press

Dolorosa Press is a small publishing venture that primarily seeks to make better known the astonishing messages of Our Lady of Good Success in 16th century Ecuador, many of which relate specifically to the great crisis that we are living through today.

Related to Our Lady of Good Success and the country blessed by Heaven to receive and relay these miracles and prophecies for our times are books telling the story of the martyred 19th century president of Ecuador, Gabriel Garcia Moreno, and the 20th century miraculous picture of Our Lady of Quito upon which Pope Pius XII ordered the solemn Canonical Coronation of a crown of gold in 1956.

Another great achievement of this small publishing house is the academically acclaimed full translation and publication of St. Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.

Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew
Brief History of Our Lady of Good Success and Novena
Consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The
Garcia Moreno
Miraculous Image of the Madonna of Rimini, The
Our Lady of Quito: Queen of Ecuador
Story of Our Lady of Good Success and Novena, The

A Brief History of Our Lady of Good Success and Novena is also available in French, Polish, Italian and German language editions.

Monday, 11 November 2013

For a War Memorial

The hucksters haggle in the mart
The cars and carts go by;
Senates and schools go droning on;
For dead things cannot die.

A storm stooped on the place of tombs
With bolts to blast and rive;
But these be names of many men
The lightning found alive.

If usurers rule and rights decay
And visions view once more
Great Carthage like a golden shell
Gape hollow on the shore.

Still to the last of crumbling time
Upon this stone be read
How many men of England died
To prove they were not dead.

And some further profound wisdom from G. K. Chesterton:

The line breaks and the guns go under,
The lords and the lackeys ride the plain;
I draw deep breaths of the dawn and thunder,
And the whole of my heart grows young again.
For our chiefs said "Done," and I did not deem it;
Our seers said "Peace," and it was not peace;
Earth will grow worse till men redeem it,
And wars more evil, ere all wars cease.

The dreadful affliction of war is an horrific thing that carries within it a paradox of Chestertonian proportions.

Suffering often brings out the best in people; supernatural merit for those who believe and act accordingly, and natural virtue in the infidel which allows grace to act upon the soul.

During the First World War less than 15% of the British Expeditionary Force were Catholic, and many of them Irishmen who thought that by fighting Britain's war they would help gain Home Rule for Ireland. An astounding quarter of the BEF chaplains were Catholic priests. Many of these priests were, again, Irish and the Catholic priests became famed for placing themselves in the greatest danger to provide the Sacraments whenever called for.

This led to some 40,000 conversions amongst the British Forces on the Western Front - 40,000 precious souls who otherwise may well have been on their way to damnation.

The French lost 5,000 priests serving on the Front, so great was their thirst to provide the Sacraments. An incredible sacrifice to save as many souls as possible.

St. Martin of Tours, Roman soldier who refused to take up arms against the Gauls and later became Bishop to them, had been adopted during the Franco-Prussian War some 44 years previously as patron and protector of France. During the First World War special devotion to him found new and widespread vigour once again. St. Martin also has a widespread devotion in Ireland that can be traced back 1500 years to St. Patrick and St. Columba.

The Armistice was signed on 11th November, 1918 - the Feast of St. Martin of Tours!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

2014 Calendars: Saints and Feasts for the British Isles and Ireland

The end of the year is fast approaching - already! - and traditional devotional calendars for 2014 are coming on to the market.

We are pleased to be able to support the fund-raising efforts of Britain's only fully-traditional Catholic school, St. Michael's, which is situated just three miles up the road from Carmel Books, in the neighbouring village of Burghclere, Hampshire.

St. Michael's School relies solely for its funding upon the generous sacrifices made by its parents and benefactors. It's only a small school consisting of about 100 pupils and staff yet manages somehow, against all the odds, to provide not only a solid spiritual foundation but also to excel academically. This year it achieved an amazing 96.7% pass rate A*-C in its GCSE results compared to the national average of 63.7%.

For 2014 it has produced two versions of its annual calendar: one featuring Saints and Feasts for the British Isles, the other featuring Saints and Feasts for Ireland.

Both calendars are themed with scenes taken from the life of Our Lady and wonderfully illustrated by children from the junior school.

Pictured on the right are the two covers, part of a Celtic Cross can be seen on the Irish edition, and the narrative pages for the illustrations that are common to both calendars.

Please support traditional Catholic education in this country and consider purchasing the St. Michael School calendar. All of the monies raised through sales of this calendar go to the school to help maintain and ensure the future of true Catholic education

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Meet the Publishers - The Redemptorist Sisters of St. Joseph

The Redemptorist Sisters of St. Joseph (J.SS.R) are a small community of semi-contemplative nuns based in the West Country who provide great spiritual and practical support to the Carmel Books apostolate.

The sisters are entirely dependent on the small income they receive from making scapulars to the precise regulations that the Church demands for these important sacramentals. For example, the ecclesiastical law concerning scapulars insists that these Garments of Grace must be made from pure woven wool.

As well as the most popular of the Church sanctioned small scapulars the Sisters also make and provide Third Order scapulars, again to the precise requirements laid down by the Church.

One of the main fields of apostolate for the Sisters is the provision of thousands of scapulars for missions amongst the poorest of the poor in places like India, Africa and the Philippines. These scapulars are provided free to the mission fields and they rely solely on benefactors to enable them to conduct this Spiritual and Corporal Work of Mercy.

So if you can help them in any way, please do. Simply phone or email Carmel Books and we will pass on the details of potential benefactors to the Redemptorist Sisters of St. Joseph.

Carmelite Third Order Scapular
Franciscan Third Order Scapular
Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (The Brown Scapular)
Scapular of the Daughters of Charity (The Green Scapular)
Scapular of the Immaculate Conception (The Blue Scapular)
Scapular of the Most Blessed Trinity (The White Scapular)
Scapular of the Passion (The Red Scapular)
Scapular of the Seven Dolors of Mary (The Black Scapular)
The Five-Fold Scapular

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Feast of the Holy Relics

From Butler's Lives of the Saints, and in Lives of the Saints for Every Day of the Year we read for the 8th November - The Feast of the Holy Relics (before the liturgical calendar was changed under the influence of alleged Freemason Annibale Bugnini) that:

"Protestantism pretends to regard the veneration which the Church pays to the relics of the saints as a sin, and contends that this pious practice is a remnant of paganism. The Council of Trent, on the contrary, has decided that the bodies of the martyrs and other saints, who were living members of Jesus Christ and temples of the Holy Ghost, are to be honoured by the faithful. This decision was based upon the established usage of the earliest days of the church, and upon the teachings of the Fathers and of the Councils. The Council orders, however, that all abuse of this devotion is to be avoided carefully, and forbids any relics to be exposed which have not been approved by the bishops, and these prelates are recommended to instruct the people faithfully in the teaching of the Church on this subject. While we regret, then, the errors of the impious and of heretics, let us profit by the advantages which we gain by hearkening to the voice of the Church".

It is pleasing to note that even in today's Catholic wasteland the recent veneration of the relics of St. Anthony of Padua, that finished in London on All Souls' Day, could attract an estimated quarter of a million people across Britain and the Six Counties.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

An Urgent Prayer Request

We received an urgent prayer request from The Catholic Volunteer Movement, an apostolate that's dedicated to putting into practice both the Spiritual and the Corporal Works of Mercy for the benefit of the poor, the homeless and the needy.

"This prayer request is not for one of our guests, but a regular helper at the Canterbury soup kitchen. Fin is at every soup kitchen helping out and is particularly good at talking to and mixing with our guests.

Last week, when in London, he fell in to a canal and barely escaped with his life. His liver, kidneys and pancreas packed up and his lungs were seriously damaged. He has improved slightly but is still intensive care, and is still having trouble with his lungs so your prayers are urgently requested for his intentions and safe recovery".

Pictured on the right: CVM helpers attending to the needs of spiritually and materially destitute souls in Canterbury, Oxford and Winchester.

They are always in great need of donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, decent quality unwanted clothing and footwear, blankets, and, of course, cash! They can be contacted at
catholicvolunteermovement @ .

The Third Secret of Fatima - A Revealing Testimony

Yesterday Carmel Books received stock of an important new 16 page A5 full-colour booklet that presents a translated article - in fact a personal testimony - regarding the Third Secret of Fatima that first appeared in the Italian magazine Chiesa viva, no. 462, back in July of this year.

Starting today we are giving away these important booklets for free with every order until stocks run out.

The important testimony is presented by Dr. Franco Adessa who worked as the close collaborator of Father Luigi Villa, until the latter's death last year. Franco Adessa continues to produce Father Villa's magazine Chiesa viva.

Who Is Fr. Luigi Villa?

Fr. Villa was given a mission from Heaven, a mission revealed and instructed to him by Padre Pio himself. That mission was, in the words of Padre Pio, to "dedicate your entire life to defend the Church of Christ from the work of Ecclesiastical Masonry".

After having the mandate given to him by Padre Pio endorsed by Pope Pius XII, Fr. Villa set to work under the direction - and the protection - of Cardinals Ottaviani, Parente and Palazzini.

In The Third Secret of Fatima - A Testimony, Franco Adessa reveals the text of the Third Secret as told to him by Fr. Villa and relates the story of the intrigue surrounding its publication.

Fr. Villa was called to his eternal reward on 18th November, 2012. Please remember him during what remains of the Octave of All Souls.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Meet the Publishers - A Treasure of Carmel Publication

Our second post in this series also seems rather appropriate considering the name chosen for our apostolate by its founder, Robin Pannell, 40 or so years ago.

In recent weeks Providence has introduced Carmel Books to a small but very dedicated Australian publishing apostolate by the name of A Treasure of Carmel Publication. It only has three publications under its belt so far, but we're sure you'll agree that they're very well chosen titles to republish and we look forward to many more to come.

The founder of the apostolate takes up the story of A Treasure of Carmel Publication:

"As a tertiary of the Carmelite Order, I have long been interested in the history and spirituality of our Order. In early 2007 I was asked by a Carmelite nun from the Monastery of the Child Jesus at Goonellabah, New South Wales, to read a book titled A Gem from the Diamond Mine which had been long out of print. This book is the biography of Ven. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, who was especially favoured by the Child Jesus and whom He called the 'Spouse of My Infancy'.

Sister wrote to me, 'If you feel inspired, would you put it into print'? As I have a devotion to the Divine Infant and had visited His Shrine in Prague the previous year, I was ‘inspired’ and felt compelled to do what I could to republish this book. And in 2009 A Gem from the Diamond Mine was published and A Treasure of Carmel Publication was established.

Frankly I thought it would be a one book business, however a priest gave me an old copy of Carmelite Devotions and Special Prayers for the Liturgical Year, and encouraged me to republish it which I did in 2010. And it was through the hands of a tertiary of Carmel that I received an excerpt on the extraordinary life Mother Mary Elias of the Blessed Sacrament OCD, who is principal of the most recent publication The Dove With the Scarlet Collar.

As Our Lady is Queen and Beauty of Carmel, it is the aim of A Treasure of Carmel Publication to continue to bring back into print those precious treasures of Her Order".

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November..... An Anti-Catholic Plot

Indignant at the annual display of 'No Popery' in southern English towns like Lewes, East Sussex, the southern softies amongst us tend to forget that in parts of northern England and Wales, and especially in parts of Scotland and the Six Counties, displays of hatred towards the Faith are, to greater or lesser degree, more par for the course.

But not withstanding overt 'cultural' displays in places like Lewes, nowadays it's quite common to hear a great many people joke - sometimes half seriously - that Guy Fawkes was the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions (they obviously don't know about Belloc)!

A growing number of historians are even concluding, according to the evidence, that there actually was no plot by Catholics and the whole thing was a fabrication, a set-up from start to finish.

So now might be a good time to dust off that old copy of Hugh Ross Williamson's enjoyable and entertaining The Gunpowder Plot, or pencil it in for someone's Christmas gift.

What happened almost 400 years ago in England when barrels of gunpowder were found under the House of Lords?

A plot was undoubtedly discovered, but what kind of plot? Was it a conspiracy of Catholics against the government, or the government against Catholics?

This is a fascinating story of intrigue and suspense, involving heroic actions, cowardly politics and unwavering faith. But even more fascinating is the fact that it's a true story.

Hugh Ross Williamson writes a clear account of one of the most controversial episodes of the English Reformation, but in a style interesting even to the casual reader. The author's careful attention in gathering the details of this historic event makes the reader feel he has been transported back in time. History at its most readable, with excellent documentation in its Notes and Bibliography.