Living Our Catholic Faith
...in the Absence of a Priest
In this day and age, there are very few true priests left. We
are left in a situation where getting the sacraments from a priest is at times
impossible. What is a Catholic to do? Firstly, we should never lose hope. In
times past, people lived without a priest for long periods of time, and kept the
faith. In extraordinary situations, God will provide all the graces necessary
for your salvation, if only you cooperate with His graces.
Look to St. Joseph, who lived and died before the time
Jesus established His Church. And yet, St. Joseph is one of the greatest saints.
Keep the faith -- God will provide.
There are things we can and should do even without a
priest. This page of the True Catholic website provides you with articles on
various aspects of how to practice our Catholic faith when a priest is simply
unavailable. There are 2 sacraments only which can be transacted without a
priest -- they are Baptism and Matrimony. Baptism is the most important because
it makes us God's children, and give us the right to heaven.
Without a Priest - by Fr. Demaris, 1801
- written during the French Revolution to Catholics who were left without a
priest. A direct parallel to the situation today.
New Vatican II Rite of Baptism - "Is it Valid?"
- shows why this new rite is defective.
a Lay Person is to Administer Baptism
- instructs on the matter, form, and intention necessary for any person to
administer the Sacrament of Baptism validly.
- "How Catholics may marry without a Pastor "
- instructs on the requirements and method for Catholics to marry, and discusses
impediments, mixed marriages, and dispensations.
Act of Perfect Contrition
- shows how to use this most precious gift. Use a seatbelt in your car because it
can save you life. Use the Act of Perfect Contrition because it can save your
to Make a Good Intention
- shows the way in which we should offer all our actions to God, through our
Morning Offering and throughout the day.
- Say the Rosary every day. It is a most powerful prayer and it is a sure sign of
- "Whosoever dies wearing this cloth shall not suffer eternal fire."
Need to Do Penance for Our Sins
- shows the necessity for us to do penance, including fasting, prayers and
alms-giving. An excellent review for Lent and for doing penance throughout the
for Death - by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
- instructs on the shortness of life, the vanities of this world, and the moment
on which our eternity depends.
Power of Holy Water
- from the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, 1562 A.D.
Dress Worn by Women
- Letter from Cardinal Siri on women who wear clothing of men.