Suggested Reading:

Liber Apocalypsis - the Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) — read in Latin

the Book of the

Read in Latin:

A Book for Our Times

Learn your Faith through this free series of  video presentations by
Dominican Friars

St. Thomas Institute

St. Thomas Institute

Boston Catholic Journal Home

Write us:

 Boston Catholic Journal


Pope Saint Pius V

Pope Saint Pius V pray for Holy Mother Church, for Heresies abound

Pray for Holy Mother Church,
for heresies abound




















































































































































































































































































Boston Catholic Journal - Critical Catholic Commentary in the Twilight of Reason



How much is enough?


Giving too little ...


e love people

Occasionally we even give them some money ... or clothes that we no longer want and would not be caught dead in; gifts (the least expensive possible, or better yet, those that had been given us that we consider useless or worthless and save for the occasion when a gift will be required of us ... or which we were ready to throw out anyway).

We give them much advice — in this regard we are unstinting and most generous.

We are less generous with our time; we express appropriate sadness and compassion but we invest nothing of ourselves in it; we are quick to empathize but quicker still to forget ... and we assiduously avoid the deeply needy.

We write out checks, tear them off and post them to some poor child in an impoverished country — and never remember their name ... only the deep, almost sensual sense of satisfaction that we are so good, so generous, so loving of ... “what’s her name ...?”

We give far, far less of ourselves, for that is the most valuable commodity of all ...

Even ... even if we give extravagantly of our money, generously in our time, amply of ourselves — the Saints and Church Fathers remind us of the greatest gift of all (and it is not ourselves ... sorry): The gift of God.  We hear an echo of this in St. Paul:

“And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.”  (I Cor. 13.3)

We keep our money from the poor at the peril of our souls (and we all have excuses ...), we give our refuse to Christ when we toss our useless clothing to the poor; we give “wise” counsel to the needy, but no bread. In a rare paroxysm of magnanimity we even give ourselves!

But do we give God? Do we give Him Who is most necessary to us, Who loves us above the loves of all others? We are made in His image. We can. We can be the face, the hand, the voice, of Jesus Christ to our brother, our sister, needy or not – all cry out for Him in the dark watches of the nights that leach into our lives from every shadow ... sickness, loneliness, grief, death ...

Your money, your clothing, your checks, will never bring them solace ... they will only find it in the face of God ... and you alone can bring it.

Imagine ... you can!

The two words — Jesus Christ — are the most beautiful in the world! And you are ashamed to utter them ... to give God to the world...? Jesus spoke of those who are ashamed of Him in this world ... or perhaps you have forgotten?

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”  (St. Luke 9.26)

"Whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven.” (St. Matthew 10.33)

Quite a sobering thought — no? In fact, it should literally scare the Hell out of you!


Boston Catholic Journal

   Printable PDF Version



Boston Catholic Journal

Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome

Scio opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum 
I know your works ... that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name. (Apocalypse 3.8)


Copyright © 2004 - 2023 Boston Catholic Journal. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise stated, permission is granted by the Boston Catholic Journal for the copying and distribution of the articles and audio files under the following conditions:  No additions, deletions, or changes are to be made to the text or audio files in any way, and the copies may not be sold for a profit. In the reproduction, in any format of any image, graphic, text, or audio file, attribution must be given to the Boston Catholic Journal.



The Face

The Face and the Culmination of Vatican II

and the
of Vatican II

Search the Boston Catholic Journal


Free Catholic Audio Library

Traditional Catholic 
Audio Books
and more

Listen to — or
download them

completely free



Baltimore Catechism - the most authoritative Catholic Catechism ever printed
Discover what
the Church

has taught for
2000 Years before Vatican II

Newly Formatted
with hyperlinks
for improved readability

Read online

Download the PDF

Pope Pius V Catechism of Trent

Catechism of the Council of Trent New Edition

New Edition (free)

Questions and Answers

Some Questions and Answers about Authentic Catholic Teaching

Authentic Catholic Teaching

A Primer for

A Primer for Catholic Symbolism

Catholic Symbolism

The Hammer
and the

Church Militant - Outspokenly  Catholic

Forging the Truth
of Catholicism

Dr. Taylor Marshall

Dr. Taylor Marshall, Catholic


The Practice
of the

 Brother Lawrence

Complete Audio Files

The Metaphysics of
Christian Mysticism

The Metaphysics of Mysticism - St. John of the Cross: Reason, Revelation, and the inexorable Logic of the Ascent of the Soul to God by Geoffrey K. Mondello

St. John
of the Cross
Reason, Revelation,
and Logic


Geoffrey K. Mondello

available at Amazon

The Beauty and Sanctity of Traditional Catholicism

The End
of Christendom

Archbishop Fulton Sheen - The Fourth Great Crisis in the Church - The End of Christendom

The Fourth Great Crisis
of the Church”

Why the  Church
— and the West —
are withering

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Saint Michael the Archangel

Prayer to Saint Michael
against satan

The Little Office

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Novena to
St Jude

 Novena to St Jude Printable 4-fold with one piece of paper
Printable Booklet
on 1 sheet
of paper, 4-fold, free

With Mary in the Rose Garden
With Mary Immaculate, Mother of God in the Rose Garden
Reflections on the Rosary
with a Poor Clare Nun and
Saint Padre Pio

Pope Saint Pius X
Pray for us

Pope Saint Pius X pray for us

“I shall spare myself neither
care nor labor nor vigils for
the salvation of souls”