COVID-19 Pandemic: Catholic Resources

The following resources have been compiled to help Catholics and all people of goodwill to endure in prayer, repentance, and the works of mercy throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated with other resources and links. If you would like to submit an idea, please contact us on Twitter, Facebook, or our contact page.

Mutual Aid Door Drop

During the coronavirus pandemic, it is necessary to practice social distancing. However, this will only increase the intense isolation and loneliness of modern life. Many social and religious gatherings have already been canceled indefinitely. In the spirit of mutual aid and the works of mercy, this survey is created to connect those who can help and those who need help in your communities: Mutual Aid Door Drop Survey

We encourage friends of Tradistae to:

  1. Make a copy of the digital survey linked above.
  2. Edit the form to fit your community.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  4. Print or write a shortlink or QR code on small pieces of paper.
  5. Slip these notes under your neighbors’ doors or into their mail slots.
  6. Coordinate mutual aid between your neighbors using email, texting, or other digital communication.

Catholic Streaming Resources

The following Google Sheet contains a collection of links and scheduled times for the Holy Mass (in both forms), Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, and the Rosary: Catholic Streaming Spreadsheet.

We encourage friends of Tradistae to:

  • Create a holy space in your dwelling to reverently stream the Mass using cloth, candles, statues, holy cards, and/or a crucifix.
  • Watch and pray the Holy Mass daily for the duration of the plague.
  • Pray and receive spiritual communion for healthcare workers, the elderly, and the poor.

Blessings and Prayers in Times of Plague

The Pope’s Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Prayers in Time of Epidemic (Latin/English PDF) (extract from the Roman Ritual, Titulus IX, Caput X)
Reflection and Prayer of ++José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles (USCCB President)
“A Word of Hope”: Message from the CELAM Bishops in face of the spread of COVID-19

The Protective Cross of St. Zacharias

The Cross of Saint Zacharias of Jerusalem, approved by the Council of Trent, can be worn, affixed to your door, or drawn with blessed chalk for protection. The letters of the cross are an acrostic for a prayer against the plague, which is translated here and provided in several printer-friendly PDFs formats.

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Prayers Against the Plague: for Victims of the Coronavirus

Friends of Tradistae are asked to pray for all those afflicted by the coronavirus, especially all healthcare workers, the elderly, and the poor. The Cross of Saint Zacharias of Jerusalem, approved by the Council of Trent, can be worn, affixed to your door, or drawn with blessed chalk for protection. The letters of the cross are an acrostic for a prayer against the plague, which is translated below. A printable version of this page can be found here. Sharon Kabel has also created an excellent printable PDF with the Latin-English text.

Cross of Zechariah (2)

O Cross of Christ, save me.

Z. May zeal for your house free me.

 The Cross conquers; the Cross reigns; the Cross rules; by the sign of the Cross free me, O Lord, from this plague.

D. God, my God, drive this plague away from me, and from this place, and free me.

I. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit, my heart, and my body.

A. Before heaven and earth, God was; and God is able to liberate me from this plague.

The Cross of Christ is able to expel the plague from this place and from my body.

B. It is good to wait for the help of God in silence, that he may drive away this plague from me.

I. I will incline my heart to performing your just deeds, and I will not be confounded, for I have called upon you.

Z. I had zeal on occasion of the wicked; seeing the peace of sinners, I have hoped in you.

The Cross of Christ puts demons and corrupt air to flight and drives away the plague.

S. I am your salvation, says the Lord; cry out to me, and I will hear you, and I will liberate you from this plague.

A. Abyss calls to abyss, and you have expelled demons by your voice; liberate me from this plague.

B. Blessed the man who hopes in the Lord, and does not look upon vanities, and false extravagances.

May the Cross of Christ, which was once the cause of scandal and indignity, and is now in glory and nobility, be for my salvation, and expel from this place the demon, and corrupt air, and plague from my body.

Z. May zeal for the honor of God convert me before I die, and in your name, save me from this plague.

May the sign of the Cross free the people of God, and those who trust in him, from the plague.

H. Will this foolish people return to the Lord? Make good on your vows, offering a sacrifice of praise and faith to him, because he is able to liberate this place and me, from this plague; for whoever trusts in him will not be confounded.

G. If I will not praise you, let my tongue stick to my throat and to my jaws; free those who hope in you; in you I trust; liberate me and this place, O God, from this plague, for your name has been invoked in prayer.

F. At your death, O Lord, darkness fell over the whole earth; my God, render the power of the devil tenuous and dim, for it is for this that you have come, O Son of the living God: so that you might destroy the works of the devil. With your power, drive out from this place and from me, your servant, this plague; and may the corrupt air depart from me into the outer darkness.

Defend us, O Cross of Christ, and expel from this place the plague, and free your servant from this plague, you who are kind, and merciful, and of many mercies, and true.

B. Blessed is he who does not look upon vanities, and false extravagances; on the day of evil the Lord will free him; Lord, I have trusted in you; free me from this plague.

F. God has become my refuge; because I have trusted in you, free me from this plague.

R. Look upon me, O Lord my God, Adonai, from the holy seat of your Majesty, and have mercy on me, and because of your mercy, free me from this plague.

S. You are my Salvation: heal me, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved.

Amen.

† The phrase “corrupt air” corresponds to the miasmic theory of disease, widely held in the 16th century. Given the advent of germ theory, and in the spirit of Gaudium et Spes § 36, an alternative PDF of this page which translates “aerem corruptum” as “corrupt germs” is made available here.

Spring Embertide

Spring Embertide

SPIRITUAL READINGS:

The Book of Genesis, Chapter 1: The first account of creation. The seven days.
The Book of Genesis, Chapter 2: The second account of creation. The Garden of Eden. 
Sirach 42:15 – 43:35: A contemplation concerning the works of God in nature. 
The Catechism on Creation: Excerpts on the visible world and on respect for the integrity of creation.

PRAYERS:

Psalm 148
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer in Union with Creation 
(from Laudato Si’)

The Catechism on Creation

Two excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, respectively on the visible world and on respect for the integrity of creation.

THE VISIBLE WORLD

337 God himself created the visible world in all its richness, diversity and order. Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine “work”, concluded by the “rest” of the seventh day. [1] On the subject of creation, the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our salvation, [2] permitting us to “recognize the inner nature, the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God.” [3]

338 Nothing exists that does not owe its existence to God the Creator. The world began when God’s word drew it out of nothingness; all existent beings, all of nature, and all human history are rooted in this primordial event, the very genesis by which the world was constituted and time begun. [4]

339 Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “And God saw that it was good.” “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.” [5] Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment.

340 God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other.

341 The beauty of the universe: The order and harmony of the created world results from the diversity of beings and from the relationships which exist among them. Man discovers them progressively as the laws of nature. They call forth the admiration of scholars. The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man’s intellect and will.

342 The hierarchy of creatures is expressed by the order of the “six days”, from the less perfect to the more perfect. God loves all his creatures [6] and takes care of each one, even the sparrow. Nevertheless, Jesus said: “You are of more value than many sparrows”, or again: “Of how much more value is a man than a sheep!” [7]

343 Man is the summit of the Creator’s work, as the inspired account expresses by clearly distinguishing the creation of man from that of the other creatures. [8]

344 There is a solidarity among all creatures arising from the fact that all have the same Creator and are all ordered to his glory:

May you be praised, O Lord, in all your creatures, especially brother sun, by whom you give us light for the day; he is beautiful, radiating great splendor, and offering us a symbol of you, the Most High. . .

May you be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very useful and humble, precious and chaste. . .

May you be praised, my Lord, for sister earth, our mother, who bears and feeds us, and produces the variety of fruits and dappled flowers and grasses. . .

Praise and bless my Lord, give thanks and serve him in all humility. [9]

345 The sabbath – the end of the work of the six days. The sacred text says that “on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done”, that the “heavens and the earth were finished”, and that God “rested” on this day and sanctified and blessed it. [10] These inspired words are rich in profitable instruction:

346 In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant. [11] For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation, and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it.

347 Creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore for the worship and adoration of God. Worship is inscribed in the order of creation. [12] As the rule of St. Benedict says, nothing should take precedence over “the work of God”, that is, solemn worship. [13] This indicates the right order of human concerns.

348 The sabbath is at the heart of Israel’s law. To keep the commandments is to correspond to the wisdom and the will of God as expressed in his work of creation.

349 The eighth day. But for us a new day has dawned: the day of Christ’s Resurrection. The seventh day completes the first creation. The eighth day begins the new creation. Thus, the work of creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. The first creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in Christ, the splendor of which surpasses that of the first creation. [14]

RESPECT FOR THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION

2415 The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. [15] Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man’s dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation. [16]

2416 Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. [17] Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.

2417 God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image. [18] Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing. They may be domesticated to help man in his work and leisure. Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is a morally acceptable practice if it remains within reasonable limits and contributes to caring for or saving human lives.

2418 It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.

Footnotes:

  1. Gen 1:1-2:4.
  2. Cf. Dei Verbum 11.
  3. Lumen Gentium 36 § 2.
  4. Cf. St. Augustine, De Genesi adv. Man. 1,2,4: PL 34,175.
  5. Gaudium et Spes 36 § 1.
  6. Cf. Ps 145:9.
  7. Lk 12:6-7; Mt 12:12.
  8. Cf. Gen 1-26.
  9. St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Creatures.
  10. Gen 2:1-3.
  11. Cf. Heb 4:3-4; Jer 31:35-37; 33:19-26.
  12. Cf. Gen 1:14.
  13. St. Benedict, Regula 43, 3: PL 66, 675-676.
  14. Cf. Roman Missal, Easter Vigil 24, prayer after the first reading.
  15. Cf. Gen 128-31.
  16. Cf. Centesimus Annus 37-38.
  17. Cf. Mt 6:26; Dan 3:79-81.
  18. Cf. Gen 2:19-20; 9:1-4.

The Tradistae Podcast – Episode List

Tradistae is creating a political podcast for Catholics and all people of goodwill about issues that matter for the God-fearing working-class. Topics include Catholic Social Teaching, the Catholic Worker Movement, distributism, integralism, environmentalism, tradition, social justice, and more.

We are trying to put out a new, free episode every week, but we don’t yet have the support to make this a guarantee. If you’d like to help cover the hosting cost and editing time it takes to make this podcast (and access patron-only content), you can support us on Patreon.com/Tradistae.


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All Episodes:

#6 God’s Wrath, Capitalism, and the Coronavirus Plague
#5.5 The Embertide Forest (Full episode on Patreon)
#5 The Medieval v. Modern View of Nature
#4 Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Origins of the Catholic Worker Movement
#3 Manufactured Consent

#2 March for Life Reflections (Part 2/2)
#1 March for Life Reflections (Part 1/2)

Winter Embertide

Winter Embertide

Spiritual Readings:

Gaudium et Spes § 33-35: Human progress must honor and glorify God.
Gaudium et Spes § 36-37: Science must be purified by faith.
Gaudium et Spes § 38-39: By the grace of God, we can build a better world.

Prayers:

Laudes Creaturarum (“Canticle of the Sun”)
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer for the Earth
(from Laudato Si’)

 

 

Free Printable Pamphlets Available Now

What’s the reason behind the 47-year failure of the pro-life movement to end the legalized massacre of the unborn? Based on the teaching of St. John Paul II, we believe that it’s because of an attempt to serve both God and Mammon. By allying with the free-market capitalism of the mainstream GOP, pro-lifers have been supporting the same forces that turn a profit through destroying the family, exploiting the Third World, and commodifying sexuality.

This is a part of capitalism that secular leftists don’t talk about. Unfortunately, you probably won’t hear about it from the pulpit at your local parish either. That’s why we need your help to spread the word. We encourage friends of Tradistae to help share links to Easy Essays and distribute pamphlets to friends, family, local political organizations, and throughout your parish. Starting a conversation about the social encyclicals with your local priest is an important first step. As Peter Maurin reminded us nearly a century ago: “Rome will have to do more than to play a waiting game; she will have to use some of the dynamite inherent in her message.” This is even truer today.

If the Popes are right about the relationship between liberal capitalism and abortion, then there’s only one way to destroy the “culture of death” and build a “civilization of love.” We need to reject capitalism and choose life.

Each pamphlet contains citations for all facts and statistics along with important quotations from St. John Paul II (primarily from Evangelium Vitae). By printing two-sided on a sheet of paper (flip on the short edge), they can be easily folded into a tri-fold pamphlet.

  1. From Margaret Sanger to Bill and Melinda Gates, Abortion is Racist Eugenics: Easy Essay / Pamphlet PDF
  2. For Capitalists, Pregnancy is a Disease, Abortion is the Cure: Easy Essay / Pamphlet PDF
  3. Sex Sells: Abortion, Capitalism, and the Sexual Revolution: Easy Essay / Pamphlet PDF
  4. The Billionaires are Pro-Choice. You Shouldn’t Be: Easy EssayPamphlet PDF

If you’d like to support our work, you can volunteer your time to format pamphlets by contacting us or donate to Tradistae on Patreon.

Thank you. And Godspeed.

The Billionaires are Pro-Choice. You Shouldn’t Be.

While it is true that the taking of life not yet born or in its final stages is sometimes marked by a mistaken sense of altruism and human compassion, it cannot be denied that such a culture of death, taken as a whole, betrays a completely individualistic concept of freedom, which ends up by becoming the freedom of “the strong” against the weak who have no choice but to submit. (St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae § 19)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows that capitalists are still using abortion as a tool for racist eugenics in the Third World. In the First World, capitalism’s relentless destruction of the family causes pregnancy to be treated as an illness that lowers female “productivity” in the labor market. Meanwhile the industries of sexual capitalism—from pornography to contraception—are worth tens of billions worldwide. Across all sectors, sexualized media churns out profits in marketing and advertising. No wonder 180 CEOs wrote an open letter stating that banning abortion is “bad for business” (WaPo, June 6, 2019). Sex sells, and it costs the lives of the unborn. 

In the words of capitalism.org: “there is no such thing as the freedom to live inside (or outside) of another human being as a parasite, i.e., against the will of that person… Under capitalism (a social system based on the principle of individual rights), abortion is an inalienable right.” In a system of pure individualism, a child in the womb is nothing more than a tenant who can be evicted by the mother, who is nothing more than a landlord. 

None of this should come as a surprise. The logic of consumerism and the market goes hand in hand with abortion: “You can have your personal preference, but you need to be pro-choice.” Capitalism exalts personal choice at all costs. But as usual in capitalism, lurking beneath this so-called “choice” is the cruelty of money-power and market logic. Just as the free market denies people their basic needs because they cannot afford them, the unborn are denied the right to life because they are deemed not valuable or useful enough to live.

The deceptive modern definition of freedom (“her body, her choice”) also defends abortion. This denies the traditional definition of freedom: freedom to do what is good. The “freedom” to use property rights to harm someone else—whether by aborting a baby in the womb or by denying workers a just wage—is not freedom, but slavery to sin. This follows the satanic confusion of those who “do what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6).

Finally, the logic of liberalism (“you can’t enforce morality on private individuals”) defends abortion. This rejects the true purpose of law: to lead people to virtue. Yet while it claims to be “neutral,” our capitalist economy and culture tells many pregnant mothers: “You must kill your child, if you want to be successful, wealthy, and happy.” Abortion is a sacrament of liberalism, a new sacrifice of children to idols of health, freedom, and prosperity—Moloch, Libertas, and Mammon. Any God-fearing person must reject these false arguments for what they are: capitalist idolatry. “Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows. /  I will not take part in their offerings of blood. /  Nor will I take their names upon my lips.” (Psalm 16:4)

The culture of death must be destroyed; the pro-life movement needs to look beyond conservatives to end abortion.

Here it must be noted that it is not enough to remove unjust laws. The underlying causes of attacks on life have to be eliminated, especially by ensuring proper support for families and motherhood… Governments and the various international agencies must above all strive to create economic, social, public health and cultural conditions which will enable married couples to make their choices about procreation in full freedom and with genuine responsibility. They must then make efforts to ensure “greater opportunities and a fairer distribution of wealth so that everyone can share equitably in the goods of creation. Solutions must be sought on the global level by establishing a true economy of communion and sharing of goods, in both the national and international order.” (St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae § 90-91)

Sex Sells: Abortion, Capitalism, and the Sexual Revolution

In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed. This conspiracy involves not only individuals in their personal, family or group relationships, but goes far beyond… In order to facilitate the spread of abortion, enormous sums of money have been invested and continue to be invested in the production of pharmaceutical products which make it possible to kill the fetus in the mother’s womb without recourse to medical assistance. (St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae § 12-13)

Contraception and abortion are capitalist tools. They are useful for both maintaining the size of the labor market and for racist eugenics, but they have another purpose: the incredible profit of the Sexual Revolution.

Though sexual morality has long been in decline, the Sexual Revolution was a dramatic upheaval that swept away many remaining social norms. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion throughout the nation in 1973, but not before Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972) legalized contraception for all Americans and Stanley v. Georgia (1969) established a “right” to the private possession of pornography.

How did such shocking degeneracy occur so quickly? The most powerful force was not the feminists and hippies who fought on the liberal side of the culture wars, it was multi-millionaire capitalists working with lawyers who followed the logic of liberalism.

To survive, capitalism must always create new commodities and markets. In the 1950s, a small band of capitalists led by Hugh Hefner tapped into the powerful desires of sexuality—previously contained by traditional family morals—and dragged them into the free market. In the words of Lyombe Eko, “Playboy was a classic sexual-capitalist venture. Hefner began the magazine in 1953 with a $600 loan and $8,000 from stocks that he sold to friends and family” (The Regulation of Sex-Themed Visual Imagery, Chapter 11). By taking entrepreneurial risks, capitalists amassed incredible wealth which they used to lobby politicians and judges, appealing to the liberal logic of the 1st Amendment and the Free Market.

In the words of the Financial Times, “in its effect, if not its intention, the 1960s were a gift to capitalism. Its emphasis on the individual reinforced the market, not the revolution, which is an innately collective act, requiring a groupthink and ascetic discipline that the 1960s blew away (mostly for the better). Individualism led to sexual freedom, artistic innovation and a questioning of authority, but also prepared the ground for the economic reforms of the subsequent decades.” (FT, April 13, 2018

Today, the industries of sexual capitalism—pornography distributed via magazines, video, internet, and cable, pay-per-view, strip clubs, fetish organizations, sex toys, contraception, abortion—are worth hundreds of billions worldwide. In the US, the porn industry alone was estimated to be worth $15 billion in 2018, larger than Netflix ($11.7 billion) or the NFL ($14 billion) (Source). Strip clubs in the US were worth $8 billion in 2019 (IBISWorld Report). Globally, the sex toy market is worth $29 billion (Source) and the contraceptive market $28.2 billion (Source). None of this factors in the profits produced by advertisements, marketing, and clickbait employing sexualized media.

Meanwhile, the U.S. “Family Planning” Industry (Planned Parenthood and the many independent clinics which provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion) is worth only $3 billion dollars (IBISWorld Report), yet it serves as the cornerstone of sexual capitalism. Abortion is necessary because condoms sometimes fail. Sex can only be completely separated from children if the “accidents” can be killed. And capitalism has always been happy to kill in the name of the market.

…contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree…. such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfilment.” (St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae § 13)