Nomen Christi Apostolate
Nomen Christi Apostolate is a new Roman Catholic ministry dedicated to preserving the well-being of the Holy Catholic Church through emergency preparedness and sustainability.  In so doing, the Church will be better able to help others when a crisis arrives.  We will be serving Long Island, New York and the surrounding area.  We intend to create a model of assistance which others can in turn, duplicate in their own local regions. This ministry is still in its formation. 

Nomen Christi Apostolate news and progress will be posted below, along with useful and related information. 
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Nomen Christi Apostolate:  All Things in the Holy Name of Christ!

Founded and Directed by Chiara F. Mathews

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2/27/15 - Ember Friday in Lent


"Deliver me, O Lord, from my necessities; see my abjection and my labor, and forgive me all my sins.  To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul:  in Thee, O my Lord, I put my trust:  let me not be ashamed."

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Some good advice from  Tips for driving in icy conditions

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Food pantries on Long Island are experiencing larger demand this winter.  Please consider giving to your church's pantry.

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HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) opened November 17, 2014 and closes on March 16. The Low-Income program is a federally funded energy assistance program. HEAP consists of 2 components-  REGULAR HEAP:  benefits are available to low income-eligible households that pay directly for heat or pay for heat in their rent.
SENIORS: 631-853-8326
HEAP applications are accepted at any Dept of Social Services location.  HEAP applications may be filed online through Applications may be downloaded from the OTDA website at
EMERGENCY HEAP:  An additional benefit (after regular HEAP) which requires a utility termination notice and/or little to no fuel in the tank. Non-fuel related electricity is available for limited assistance. Same phone # as regular HEAP.

Project Warmth is a United Way of LI Emergency assist program to help families & individuals w/energy emergencies. Provides one time assistance for fuel & fuel related electricity. Program opened 1/5 & is available until funds are exhausted. Customer may use Project Warmth to pay for oil, gas, electric, propane, kerosene, coal, wood & electric bill if electricity needed to operate the heating source.
Basic Eligibility:  Residents of Suffolk, Nassau or Rockaway area in Queens.  Show a heating or fuel related electric bill in applicant’s name & address that is in termination, pending disconnect, or severely overdue or be financially unable to secure heating oil/propane/kerosene/etc when the tank is empty/near empty.  Demonstrate financial hardship.
Applicant may only receive one fuel and/or one fuel related electric assistance once within the program year. HEAP
eligible clients MUST apply to HEAP before Project Warmth.
Applications can only be processed by an approved agency. Some churches are approved.

(above info on energy assistance provided by St. Anthony of Padua Church, E Northport, NY)

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Stay tuned for "15 Ways to Live Simply......."

1/25/15 - Poem by Yeats / From My Emails

As we reflect on 42 years of abortion free-for-all throughout the US, the words of Yeats, written in 1919, seem entirely relevant and even prophetic:

The Second Coming   
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed
nd everywhere t
he ceremony of innocence is drowned
The best lack all conviction
hile the worst a
re full of passionate intensity
Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely the Second Coming is at hand
The Second Coming!
Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight
omewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun
Is moving its slow thighs
hile all about it
reel shadows of indignant desert birds
The darkness drops again
ut now I know
that twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle
And what rough beast, its hour come 'round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

W B Yeats

Lord, Have Mercy
Lord, Deliver Thine Innocent
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us at This Hour

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Like most of us, I get all kinds of email.  Some from friends and family.  Some from kindred spirits who follow this website.  Some from lists I've joined.  Some from who knows where.  As I skim my emails every day, I put the interesting ones into a folder for future reference.  I'd like to start a new series here, sharing some of these emails.  First I'd like to share a prayer a dear old friend sent me (slightly edited)....


Second, someone sent me an article with a list of ways to simplify your life.  It often frustrates me to see good advice that could be made better if coming from a Catholic, God-centered perspective.  So, I have taken it upon myself to use the same list, expounding on it with a Catholic twist.  What does this have to do with Nomen Christi?  Simplifying your life in this crazy culture has everything to do with being a good Catholic and a good prepper.'ll have to wait for my next post, because I'm still working on it.....

1/11/15 - End of Christmastide / Feast of the Holy Family / Baptism of Our Lord

Traditionally, the LIturgical Year divides into "The Cycle of Christmas" and "The Cycle of Easter."  The Cycle of Christmas celebrates the Mystery of the Incarnation and is divided into three parts:  Advent, Christmastide and Time After Epiphany.  Today is the last day of Christmastide, however, we still meditate upon the Incarnation until Septuagesima, where we enter into the Mystery of the Redemption.

I had the privilege to attend Christmas Midnight Mass once again at the all-traditional church "Mater Ecclesiae" in Berlin, New Jersey.  The pastor, Fr. Pasley, is a priest I happened to know (coincidence?) in my early 20's, when he ministered to the parish of "Queen of the Apostles" in Pennsville, NJ.  Mater Ecclesiae is surely one of the loveliest and holiest parishes in the country and I recommend that anyone who is able, visit it sometime.  Just before the celebration of Midnight Mass, a traditional custom was performed, the placing of the "Jesus Bambino" in the Creche.  A beautiful text is prayed during this ritual, which reads as follows:

In the year 5190 since the creation of the world, when God made heaven and earth,
In the year 2759 since the flood,
In the year 2015 since the birth of Abraham,
In the year 1510 since the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt under the leadership of Moses,
In the year 1032 since David was anointed king,
In the 65th week of the years according to Daniel's prophecy,
In the 19th Olympiad,
In the year 732 after the founding of Rome,
In the 42nd year of the reign of Octavian Augustus, when there was peace in the whole world, in the sixth era of the world's history:

Eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, desired to sanctify the world by His gracious Coming.  He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and now after nine months
He is born at Bethlehem in the tribe of Judah as Man from the Virgin Mary, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus in the Flesh

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As we begin this New Year, let us take this knowledge with us and live each day in the glory and sanctity which is worthy of such an extraordinary reality.

Mater Ecclesiae's website:

1/9/15 - Update

Happy New Year!  ....and it is still traditionally Christmastide, until this coming Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Family.  Sorry for all the delays.  A number of difficult things have been going on and I've also been visiting with my son, who is home from college for only a few weeks.  In order to do the Rosary Meditations, I need the ability to give it a very concentrated focus, which I simply have not been able to do for the past few months.  Thanks once again, for your patience and will resume posts within the next week....CM:)

12/6/14 - Update

Thanks, everyone for your patience.  I've been having some health issues lately, which have slowed me down a bit.  I will soon resume Rosary Meditations-being it is now Advent, I'll start the Joyful Mysteries and finish the Glorious after that.  In the meantime, have you read "5 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas" in "Catholic Life?"  (to the right>>>)  Please feel free to print and distribute this in your local parish.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and are enjoying a blessed and holy season of Advent.  CM:)  And also wishing you a blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception!  Pray the rosary!

9/20/14 - Feast of St. Eustace & Companions, Martyrs
(invoked against fire)

Meditation Series on the Glorious Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Ascension of Our Lord

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, has risen triumphantly from the dead, but the Story is not over yet.  He appeared to his Mother and the Apostles for forty days, preparing them to cross the threshold, the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth through the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  When this task was sufficient, as the Apostles looked on, "He was raised up: and a cloud received Him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9)  The Ascension of Our Lord is paralleled only by His Coming at the End of Time, wholly unique events in human history, singular in glory, majesty and wonder, perhaps rivaled only by the Transfiguration.  In the Old Order, the Father condescends to come to earth, as when He speaks to Moses in the Burning Bush and the institution of the Ten Commandments.  Now the Son, establishing the New Order, rises up to Heaven, showing us how real and attainable it is.  Our Lord opened access to Heaven on the Holy Cross and in His Ascension, He makes the leap Himself.  He wants us to follow Him there-that was the whole purpose of His life on earth and the whole purpose of our own lives.  To ensure we get there, He creates the physical, visible bridge to Heaven, the Church.

A number of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary involve the meeting of Heaven and earth.  The Ascension, the Assumption and the Crucifixion each traverse the distance from earth to Heaven.  The Descent of the Holy Ghost, the Annunciation, the Baptism of Our Lord and the Transfiguration each involve Heaven coming down to earth.  Heaven also meets earth in every private and public apparition.  Lourdes is unique in that the miraculous water stays with us to this day and Fatima was unique in the witnessing of the "Miracle of the Sun" by thousands of people.  Our Holy Church calls down the powers of Heaven in every sacrament.  Our Lord's Ascension was His final sign that we are free to enter Heaven with Him, through the Church that could be built only upon His departure.

Heaven and earth are not just places.  They represent the relationship between God and His children.  As any parent/child relationship, it is bound to be difficult.  Its difficult for the child to see the wisdom of the parent and its difficult for the parent to let the child go when it is time.  We can easily see the similarity here in how we perceive God.  But can we see how God perceives us?  As much as we love our own children and grieve over their absence, how much more does the Father love and grieve over us?  So much, that He sent His only Son to die for us.  The wrenching a parent feels when setting the child free to go on his own, is only a faint hint of what the Father feels over one lost soul.  That is why He cannot leave us alone.  That is why He keeps interfering.  From the manna in the desert to the Bread of Life in every consecrated Host, He cannot bear to leave His children starving.  How much longer will He allow the innocent to spiritually starve in this corrupt culture?  The Ascension tells us there is another world He has prepared for us, that Heaven is our true home, sainthood our natural state.

Though our Blessed Lord rose away from earth on that day when the Apostles saw him lifted up to the sky, He remains with us always.  He has established His perennial Presence in the Holy Eucharist, residing in every tabernacle throughout the world.  He has built His Church, preserving all His precepts.  What more could He have done for us?  The Gospel of Saint Matthew ends with these words:  "...teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." (Matt 28:18-20)  And in the first chapter of Acts of the Apostles, the angels say, "This Jesus who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come, as you have seen Him going into Heaven," foretelling the Second Coming at the End of Time. (Acts 1:11)  Dearest Jesus, Who ascended in glory to show me Heaven, may I always trust that Thou art with me in this world, even in my most difficult moments.  Amen.

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Some words about these Rosary Meditations:  The above meditation was very personal for me, since my only child was born on Ascension Thursday and I have also experienced the "letting go" part of being a parent.  In fact, all of these meditations are personal, since I draw on many of my own life experiences, including some of the most difficult.  The only research I do is the reading of Scripture, since I wish these thoughts to be as original as possible.  With each meditation, I am seeking to uncover a fundamental aspect or nature of the event and to show some practical application to our own daily lives.  There is no lack of heavenly ideas in the Church today, but there is a serious lack of teaching the concrete demands these truths place upon us in western culture.  It is my hope that these writings will help a few people in their journeys toward the Kingdom of Heaven and will encourage more praying of that great prayer, the Holy Rosary.

9/11/14 - 13th Anniversary of 9/11/01

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Never Forget

Pray for those who continue to suffer

PS  Will resume the Rosary Meditations ASAP

7/12/14 - Update

I hope everyone (in the States) had an enjoyable Independence Day and remembered to keep in prayer the unborn children who do not have freedom in this country.  Lord have mercy on us.

I feel it is time for a general update.  I have been very busy with a number of family obligations and will continue to be quite busy for the rest of the year. 

As for the Rosary Meditations, I will continue to post them as I have time and will try to keep posting on certain feastdays (generallly feasts of Our Lord or Our Lady).  If you would like to see these meditations published as a book, please email me and I will use these emails to convince a publisher that there is an audience.  Also, if you enjoy these meditations, please share this website with your friends.  Much thanks.

I realize this website seems to be becoming something like a blog, which was not my original intention.  However, Nomen Christi Apostolate is evolving more slowly and beginning to take a slightly different form from my original ideas.  I'm sure this is all in God's Providence.  For the time being, I will continue to post my theological writing and occasional topics related to the mission of preparedness and sustainability.  Behind the scenes, I will continue to network and lay the groundwork for a future new Catholic ministry.  Right now, my family obligations come first and when that lightens up, I will pursue this apostolate more aggressively.

Please share your ideas and thoughts with me and don't forget you can subscribe to email updates so you don't miss anything (see above).  If you live in Los Angeles, I'd be happy to meet with you next month when I am there (see previous post).

God bless you all and your families and thank you for your support!  CM:)

6/1/14 - Ascension of Our Lord (some dioceses)

Meditation Series on the Glorious Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Resurrection of Our Lord

To reiterate the words of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, "Never think about death without thinking about the Resurrection."  The Passion has ended.  "It is finished."  Faith, Hope and Charity have prevailed.  The Three Theological Virtues were displayed by Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Faith when He said, "Thy will be done."  Hope that He would somehow have the strength to complete the work of our Redemption.  And Charity, first for the Father, and consequently for us.  Now He enters into His Glory, the true and final End.  If this is what its all about, what does that say about life?  What is the tree outside your window?  What are the stars in their celestial array?  What is the beating heart of the unborn child?

If Christ is important, we are important.  There's no way around that.  People reject Him because they do not want to be important.  In seriousness, there must be restraint.  In meaning lies the Cross, but also the Resurrection.  The alternative is a life of dismal mediocrity or worse.  In mediocrity there is less feeling, less responsibility.....less joy.  We reap what we sow.  If meaninglessness is what we want, that's exactly what we will get.  The tragedy is that if we ever wake up from this dream of vagueness and delusion, we'll find a precious crystal has been broken.  But this does not have to be the end of the story.  We can still write a different ending.  Through repentance and change, we enter into Our Lord's Resurrection and Glory.  He walks before us always.  Where He goes, we are meant to follow.

Christ calls us to a Heavenly Resurrection, but also an earthly one.  This transformation is not merely the cessation of sin, but reaching our full potential as members of the Body of Christ, one with Him in thought, word and deed.  We are powerful and power can be frightening.  Fulfilling the saintly vocation for which we were created has consequences.  Our Lord's greatest power was executed on the Cross as He stretched out His arms in yielding.  In that moment of weakness, the axis of the universe shifts and the tables are turned.  A world appears that we could not see before, a new dimension of reality...."and the darkness could not comprehend it." (John 1:5)  The caterpillar becomes the butterfly.

Being resurrected with Christ is a process of becoming.  The Father has written this message for us in all of nature, the butterfly being one of the most beautiful examples.  The snake sheds its old skin, the fragile sprout becomes a great tree bearing fruit, the oyster patiently builds its pearl.  No matter how long it takes, no matter how many setbacks occur, no matter how hopeless it seems....if we cling to the Three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity....we will see our Resurrection.  O Jesus, Whose Resurrected, Glorified Body walked upon this very earth, bring me back from my own countless deaths, that I may follow Thee to our Eternal Home.  Amen.

5/28/14 - Hurricane Preparedness Week

From Senator Carl L. Marcellino:

"The week of May 25-31, 2014 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening and can cause serious hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

You should have an emergency plan that includes a communication system, disaster supply kit, and an alternate meeting place if your home is unsafe. If instructions are given to evacuate, you will be directed to a temporary, emergency refuge that will provide a safe haven for the duration of the storm or you can seek refuge with a friend or family member located away from the affected area where you may be comfortable.

For more information on hurricane preparedness and what you can do to protect yourself and your family or to download American Red Cross Hurricane App, which allows you to monitor weather conditions and prepare your family and home if a hurricane strikes visit"

Carl L. Marcellino
250 Townsend Square
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

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I haven't forgotten about the Glorious Mysteries-I'm working on them and will post soon-thanks for your patience!  CM:)

PS  I had an interesting experience over the weekend and learned a lesson I should have already known:  Don't touch baby squirrels!  They apparently come into the world knowing how to bite very well.  (Please don't ask for any more details....okay, yes, I went to the emergency room and they simply gave me a tetanus shot-squirrels are not considered a rabies risk, but still best not to get bit!)

5/5/14 - Do You Live In Los Angeles?

I know that many of my readers are located in California.  I will be in Los Angeles this August and would very much value the opportunity to meet some of you.  If you would like to meet with me informally to share ideas and discuss ways to bring greater preparedness and sustainability to the Church in California.....please email me at:  

I look forward to my trip to the beautiful "Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion," which was its original name (see Los Angeles Almanac), and meeting some of my West Coast friends!


4/18/14, Good Friday

Lenten Meditation Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Crucifixion of Our Lord

The Carrying of the Cross was a journey-the Crucifixion, its destination.   In fact, the Crucifixion was the destination of Christ's entire life on earth.  From His very Incarnation, it was the only possible end, based on His Nature and His actions.  Our Redemption on the Holy Cross was the sole reason He came into the world.  Seeing the Crucifixion forces us all to ask:  "What is my own end and how is each day I live bringing me closer to it?"

Taking Our Lord as the example, how are we to get to the right end?  Quite simply, set a course to Heaven and don't deviate from it.  There may be deviation in some of the details, as when Jesus performed his first miracle at Cana on account of His mother, in spite of its premature hour.  We can expect such changes along the way as well, but the spirit and main focus of our lives will remain.  The only thing that can derail us is temptation.....

What was the meaning of Christ's cruel impalement to the Cross?  To show us how to let go of all the things we wish to possess which are unhealthy to our souls.  Our Blessed Lord could not possibly have been more helpless on that Cross.  He could not move, could hardly speak, could not reach for anything and probably did not even have the strength to close His fingers upon His hand.  He was open to all the universe, imploring us to come to Him and yet unable to grasp at anything.  We too, must open our hands when we are tempted to reach for, and take hold of sin.  On the Cross, Jesus shows us the very key to the Kingdom of Heaven.

But how are we to resist temptation?  We need the sacraments of the Church-especially the Body of Christ in Holy Communion-to help us yield, stretch out our arms, open our palms and let go.  This Body could not give us life until it tasted death.  We cannot receive that life until we taste the death of our temptations.  The more our will shrinks, the more beautiful we become.  The greater He becomes, the greater we become.

Our Lord never left His course toward the Holy Cross.  We must never leave our course toward the Kingdom of Heaven.  It will twist and turn and there will be frequent traps to ensnare us.  But if we continue to flee to the Holy Cross and the Victim upon it-we will one day hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."  Dear Jesus, whose death on the Cross has won my Redemption, show me in my moments of temptation, Thy holy arms unable to embrace and Thy sacred hands unable to grasp at anything.  Amen.

The Sorrowful Mysteries-In Closing

Holy Mother Church, through Saint Dominic, has handed the Rosary down to us as a spiritual aid.  The Sorrowful Mysteries take us through the Story of Our Lord's Passion and Death.  Yes, it is difficult to contemplate these things, but as Fr. Benedict Groeschel once said in a Good Friday sermon, "Never think about death without thinking about the Resurrection."

Stepping away and looking at the Sorrowful Mysteries as a whole, a cohesive meaning seems to emerge.  The Agony in the Garden represents the MIND.  The Scourging at the Pillar, the FLESH.  The Crowning with Thorns, the IDENTITY.  When we put these three things together, we get:  THE HUMAN BEING.  The Carrying of the Cross is our life's JOURNEY, what we do with our human attributes....and the Crucifixion is the RESULT.  So....within the Passion of Our Lord lies an imprint of every human life for which He goes to His death.

The Sorrowful Mysteries present the triumphant Story of the Messiah's Love for humanity and the Father's willingness to give His Only Son for this wayward race.  It is a Story which should bring tears to our eyes, more than anything, for this great Love which it gives testimony to.  In return, we are called not merely to a humanist virtue, but to the heroism of Sainthood and Life Everlasting.

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I hope you have enjoyed these meditations during this Season of Lent.  They have been very well received by our readers, so I will continue with the Glorious Mysteries.  Please allow a few weeks for my next post, as I am very busy right now and I think I need a break from these intense contemplations!

Happy Easter to all and you will be in my prayers...CM:)

4/6/14, Passion Sunday

Lenten Meditation Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Carrying of the Cross

The Carrying of the Cross stands out as the only Sorrowful Mystery to involve a “Point A” and a “Point B.”  It is a journey.  We are always rushing from one destination to another.  The destination is important, but often we forget the importance of the journey itself.  So what do we learn on this Journey of Journeys, a microcosm of every human being’s life path, the Via Dolorosa?

Like any journey, this one involves a series of events.  Holy Scripture confirms for us that Christ carries His own Cross.  Tradition tell us He falls three times under its weight.  Scripture also tells us He becomes so weak, Simon of Cyrene must take up the Cross.  Our Lord speaks to some sorrowful women and Saint Veronica wipes His Holy Face, a miraculous image resulting.  So, four basic events-the Taking Up of the Cross, the Fallings, the Giving Up of the Cross and the Message.  All sealed with a miracle.

Tremendously weak after the brutal Scourging, Jesus takes the Cross and begins to walk the "Way of Sorrow."  The One who is sinless takes on the burden of all humanity's sins, soon to be expiated on the very Cross He carries, when He arrives at the destination.  It is an example of courage for us, when we feel too burdened by life's difficulties.  We know He walks before us always.  It is not so remarkable that He falls three times under this heavy piece of wood.  What is remarkable, is that He gets back up two times to continue carrying it.  But the third time, He is all out of strength.  The Almighty God makes Himself weak so that we can be strong.  Another example and profound encouragement for His children.  When we fall, when we break-whether through suffering, weakness or temptation, all is not lost.  There is always hope for those who trust in God.  He will give us the strength to go on.  And just as Simon was provided to take the Holy Cross from His hands, He too, will take our own crosses from us when the time comes.  We are asked only to trust.

When Our Lord addresses the "Daughters of Jerusalem" who are following Him, He gives us a peak into His very mind as He carries the Cross.  He's thinking not of Himself on His final journey as He goes to His death.  He thinks only of us, only of humanity's final journey at the end of time.  "Weep not over Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say:  Blessed are the barren and the wombs that have not borne and the paps that have not given suck.  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains:  Fall upon us, and to the hills:  Cover us."  This is a message to humanity-a warning, an End Times marker.  It seems to describe well, our own times.  (This is why Nomen Christi Apostolate was founded!)

Every human life is similarly, a journey-some very short, some long, some privileged, some full of suffering.  But in the end, it all evens out, all is fair, all is just.  And upon each and every precious human life for which Christ suffered, lies the imprint of the Carrying of the Cross.  It is our joy, our hope, our consolation.  He did it all for us.  Good Jesus, give me strength when I begin to weary beneath my own crosses, that I may go on to reach that final destination, where Thou Art with the Father and the Holy Ghost, the Glorious Kingdom of Heaven.

3/30/14, Laetare Sunday

Lenten Meditation Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Crowning with Thorns

The Crowning with Thorns must be seen as part of a larger event, which we might call, the Mockery of the Kingship of Our Lord.  It is one of a three-part costume the Roman soldiers dressed Him in:  the Crown, the Scepter and the Robe.  When we look at this whole piece of theater, the one Act upon the human stage which emanates like lightning, putting asunder all man’s theatrical fantasy.....what reveals itself to us?

The Romans performed this mockery in response to Christ’s alleged crime, “The King of the Jews.”  What motivated them to play out this obscene insult?  The answers are as deep and complex as humanity itself.  It is perhaps a representation of every sinner’s response to God, the unwillingness to be subject to Him and give Him due respect as Creator.

One could not look at Christ without seeing His innocence, especially a non-Jew, with no personal investment in the matter.  We know that it was very clear to Pilate, which is why he “washed his hands” of it.  In order to punish so cruelly an innocent man, they had to disguise him-plunging themselves into the sin of committing the evil, whereas the Jews were guilty of ordering it.  It is common practice to dehumanize those you wish to kill.  Isn’t the same done to the unborn?  Didn’t the Nazis do the same?  And the list goes on and on.  Already broken from the Scourging, surely the blood streaming down His face from the sharp thorns of the Crown, they proceeded to deride Him and carry out the death sentence.

Woven thorns, a reed, a red cloak....the makings of a King.  Why go through so much trouble?  Looking for branches of thorns and weaving them together?  Finding a large reed and a red garment?  Why were all three components of the kingly garb so necessary?  Because they had to completely convince themselves and this can only be done by over-reaching.  We do the same with the unborn, with sexual immorality, with our quest to be Godlike in playing with every fundamental aspect of nature, whether it be biology, botany or physics.

The Crown, the Scepter, the Robe:  three identifiers of a King.  Here we arrive at the crux of the Mockery, Our Blessed Lord’s Identity itself.  The words on the Cross were true, “King of the Jews.”  And King of us all, only Son of the Father, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.  This is His Identity, that the world must deny to commit its countless evils.  But the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith will never deny Him, the King of Kings.

The world will try to mold and shape us.  Our own pride will delude us-we sew our own costumes, make our own crowns.  But it is only in confessing the Kingship of  Our Lord and entering into His Crowning with Thorns, that we can ever know our own identities.  O my Jesus, just as Thou hast said to the Apostles, “Who do you say I am?,” I in turn, say it to Thee.  Amen.

3/19/14, Feast of Saint Joseph

Lenten Meditation Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Scourging at the Pillar

As terrible as the Crucifixion is, the Scourging of Our Lord is perhaps the part of His Passion that is most difficult to look at.  But we must, because it is part of the Story-His story and humanity’s story and there is no more relevant story.  Of all stories, this is the ONE we must pay attention to.  This is the ONE we may not fall asleep listening to.  The rest of the world may forget.  But we must never forget.

Its one thing to kill someone.  Its another thing to torture him.  Its one thing to subject the flesh to discomfort.  Its another thing to whip it and not just to whip, but to tear at it, to disfigure it.  Its one thing to shed blood.  Its another thing to cover with blood, to relentlessly rip open the vessels of blood, soaking it into the ground.  And what of that land upon which this blood has been soaked?  As rainwater hydrates the earth, the Blood of Christ creates some substantial change, which requires something of all who walk upon this earth.  It is ignored at one’s own peril.

Faced with such an unthinkable spectacle, we are moved to ask, “Why?”  We are moved to pity, not only for Christ, but for His mother and His Father in Heaven, who are forced to look at this and allow it (again, a withholding of Divine Power on the part of the Father).  And after we ask, “Why?” we ask, “What is this Story to me?”

This unabashed chastisement of the sacred Body of Our Lord seems to enfold within itself every sin of the flesh ever committed-whether it be sexual, over-indulgence or simply the desire for comfort.  This perfectly describes the current state of the western world, deconstructed Christendom-a miserable field of debris, from sparkling, glowing screens to the body parts of unborn babies.  We must all enter into Our Lord’s Scourging because we are all guilty.  Having passed through it, we are made pure again.  In Holy Communion, we receive this same Body, bloodied and broken for our Redemption.  The glory of the Passion of Christ is that we are resurrected with Him.  It is the Story with the happiest ending.

Images which stand in great contrast to the Image of the Scourged Savior, countless sacrilegious sacraments of matrimony, all manner of immodest dress....we must stand up and be a light to the world once again.  Indeed, it is an age for heroism.  O Jesus, cruelly scourged for my sins, give me strength to go against the tide of this culture of impurity and excess, to rescue those being drowned in the onslaught and bring them home to Thee.  Amen.

3/5/14, Ash Wednesday

Note:  The following has been edited for clarification since its initial posting.

Lenten Meditation Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries
by Chiara F. Mathews

The Agony in the Garden

It seems strange that even Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, would feel fear and trepidation at the prospect of being crucified the following day.  Why did He not approach His death with greater stoicism?  Why would He even suggest to the Father that this “cup” be taken from him?  What was the nature of this Agony and what do we have to learn from it?

Our Lord was not half God and half man.  He was fully God and fully man.  His Agony shows us how very human He was and how much He understands our sufferings.  It comes down to the two qualities of God that are wholly unique:  omniscience and omnipotence, the two things desired by Adam and Eve.  This is another Garden where the reverse struggle plays out, only now, the right choice is made.  Rather than man attempting to assume the qualities of God, God assumes the weakness of man.  And this right choice is precisely the moment which leads to our Redemption, secured on the Cross, reversing the curse of our first parents.  The moment before Our Lord was physically apprehended, presents the Mystery of the Agony in the Garden.  This is where the final yielding of his Spirit occurred, when He speaks the words,
“Thy Will be done.”  All work begins in the mind and our Redemption was no exception.  Once Our Lord was apprehended, having given His final consent, He was now fully prepared to enter into His Passion.

Our Lord possessed in that Garden, the complete knowledge of what awaited him.  Man’s ignorance makes it easier for him to approach fearful situations.  Complete knowledge made it excruciating for Christ.  He also possessed the power to run away.  At the very moment when humanity’s Redemption was held in the balance, surely all hell’s power was leveled against this one Man.  It must have been excruciating for Satan as well-never before or since would a task require more of him.  If the right choice was made, so many souls would escape his grasp.  So here may lie the nature of the Agony in the Garden:  to proceed in spite of Divine Knowledge and to withhold Divine Power.

What must I do in spite of my knowledge and how must I withhold my power?  It has been said that our age has no lack of virtue, only a lack of heroism.  Dear Jesus, make me stand firm in my own little agonies, that I may receive the Redemption Thou hast so grievously won.  Amen.

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This meditation series will appear in "Catholic Life," to the right, when finished.


Coming Soon......Meditation on the Sorrowful Mysteries....just in time for Lent!

Update 1/25/14

Please see "Meditation on Suffering," which has just been added to "Catholic Life."  >>> to the right >>>  This is a continuation on the meditation by Saint Francis de Sales, which is commonly called "Your Cross."

1/16/14 - Random Quotes

"1984 was a warning, not an instruction manual."

"Smart animals run when they see the headlights."

"As long as you are still trying, hoping and believing, you haven't really failed."

"The whole world is not Antarctica, like most penguins think."

1/10/14 - Our New Electric Co / Email Scam

The flyer from the mail says:

"Welcome To Your NEW Electric Company...Beginning January 1, 2014, PSEG will be the new manager of the Long Island Power Authority's electric system.

We are the parent company of Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), and a new member of our family of companies has been formed to serve LIPA customers on Long Island and the Rockaway Peninsula."

PSEG and LIPA have a 12-year contract.

Here's their link:

In addition.....Senator Carl L. Marcellino sent an email out today which warns of an electric company email scam:

"PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.

PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails.  The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.

If you receive a suspicious email, do not provide any personal information, do not download any attachments, and do not click on any links in the email.

'We take very seriously any attempt to defraud our customers,' said Dan Eichhorn, vice president, customer services, PSEG Long Island. 'We ask our customers to be wary of emails that demand immediate payment and threaten service termination. When in doubt, delete the email and call PSEG Long Island at 1-800-490-0025 to report the email.' "

1/3/14, Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Nomen Christi)

The following text, courtesy of "Our Catholic Prayers"

Here's the link:

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

"This litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus brings to mind the words of St. Paul: “whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Col 3:17). This tribute of supplication to our Lord is thought to have been composed by two 15th century champions of devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, St. Bernardine of Siena and his student St. John of Capistrano. It gives us a good opportunity to meditate on both our Lord’s attributes and His life, while asking Him for heavenly guidance and assistance.

The litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus received the Church’s approval for private use by Pope Sixtus V in 1585, and public recitation by Pope Leo XIII in 1886. (It is one of only six litanies approved for public use.) The Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd.

When this litany is prayed publicly, the congregation’s responses to a leader appear in italics below."

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Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the Living God,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, etc.
Jesus, Brightness of Eternal Light,
Jesus, King of Glory,
Jesus, Sun of Justice,
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Jesus, most amiable,
Jesus, most admirable,
Jesus, the Mighty God,
Jesus, Father of the World to Come,
Jesus, Angel of Great Counsel,
Jesus, most powerful,
Jesus, most patient,
Jesus, most obedient,
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Jesus, lover of chastity,
Jesus, lover of us,
Jesus, God of Peace,
Jesus, Author of Life,
Jesus, Example of Virtues,
Jesus, Zealous Lover of Souls,
Jesus, Our God,
Jesus, Our Refuge,
Jesus, Father of the Poor,
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful,
Jesus, Good Shepherd,
Jesus, True Light,
Jesus, Eternal Wisdom,
Jesus, Infinite Goodness,
Jesus, Our Way and Our Life,
Jesus, Joy of Angels,
Jesus, King of Patriarchs,
Jesus, Master of the Apostles,
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists,
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs,
Jesus, Light of Confessors,
Jesus, Purity of Virgins,
Jesus, Crown of All Saints,

Be merciful,
Spare us, O Jesus.
Be merciful,
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

From all evil,
Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, etc.
From Thy wrath,
From the snares of the devil,
From the spirit of fornication,
From everlasting death,
From the neglect of Thine inspirations,
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
By Thy Nativity,
By Thine Infancy,
By Thy most Divine Life,
By Thy labors,
By Thine Agony and Passion,
By Thy Cross and Dereliction,
By Thy sufferings,
By Thy Resurrection,
By Thine Ascension,
By Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,
By Thy joys,
By Thy glory,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Jesus.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast said: "Ask and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you," mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine Charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast fear and love; who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

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Let me also recommend the book where I originally found this litany (this is one my favorite books!), A Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies, published by TAN Books. 
Here's the link:  TAN Books

Update 12/29/13, Feast of the Holy Family

Today, first Sunday after the Nativity of Our Lord, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family (in the old Calendar, this was the first Sunday after Epiphany).  Our Lady and Saint Joseph, pray for us!  Infant Jesus, have mercy upon us!  Of course, we are also celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas and are anticipating the wonderful feasts of Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany. 

Let us also not forget the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Nomen Christi), which was celebrated January 2 in the old Calendar and is now celebrated January 3.  Most Holy Name of Jesus, we adore Thee!  I chose the name "Nomen Christi" for this apostolate, due to these Scripture verses:

"If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do."
John 14:14

"Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receiveth me."
Mark 9:36

When we help others, we will always let them know we are doing this in the Name of Christ.  The salvation of souls is always the primary concern and ultimate end of all charity.  Hopefully, Nomen Christi Apostolate will one day win many souls for Christ, in addition to alleviating their suffering on earth.

Yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  A friend of mine emailed me the following quote which I just had to share.  Let's not forget, as we contemplate these words, all pro-life intentions and those dear children who were taken so tragically last December in Connecticut, along with their families......

"Blessed are you, Bethlehem in the land of Judah! You suffered the inhumanity of King Herod in the murder of your babes and thereby have become worthy to offer to the Lord a pure host of infants. In full right do we celebrate the heavenly birthday of these children whom the world caused to be born unto an eternally blessed life rather than that from their mothers' womb, for they attained the grace of everlasting life before the enjoyment of the present. The precious death of any martyr deserves high praise because of his heroic confession; the death of these children is precious in the sight of God because of the beatitude they gained so quickly. For already at the beginning of their lives they pass on. The end of the present life is for them the beginning of glory. These then, whom Herod's cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers' bosom, are justly hailed as 'infant martyr flowers,' they were the Church's first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief."

St. Augustine

Update 12/26/13

I hope everyone had a Blessed and Merry Christmas!  And blessings upon your 12 Days of Christmas as well!

Belated by one day, here is Nomen Christi Apostolate's Christmas present to our your right is a new page, "Basic Preparedness," which contains a checklist and some valuable tips. 

God bless you all and your families in the coming New Year-may we all grow closer to Him in the year 2014.


Update 11/28/13, Thanksgiving Day

As I look around (The Macy's Everything Bad About American Pop Culture Parade, Stefani Germanotta Dragging the Innocents to Hell with the Muppets, Black Friday Who Will Get Trampled Today?...) and as I reflect on my recent research into what may be coming on the horizon, I am compelled to reiterate last Sunday's words of the Gospel (Last Sunday After Pentecost, old rite, from Matthew 24):

"And from the fig tree learn a parable:  when the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh.  So you also, when you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh at the doors."

I don't need any more warnings.  Anyone still waiting for some great warning is just plain foolish.  It is the hour to Pray and Prep!  I'm stepping up my own preparedness efforts and also my spiritual exercises.  However, Our Lord said we should not be troubled.  Be at peace and trust in Him.

A perfect rainbow was seen over Long Island just a few weeks ago.  I was fortunate enough to see it with my son, just a minute before it began to fade-the only perfect storybook rainbow I've ever seen, all the colors clearly visible, arching from one horizon to the other, awesome and majestic.  I feel I can die happy now, having seen a sight I always wished to see.  Everyone was talking about it for a few days and the social media was all abuzz about the amazing rainbow.  Yes, things may get difficult, but the rainbow is a sign of hope.  I believe Our Heavenly Father is telling us that His mercy is upon Long Island because of all the wonderful holy people here and He will see us through.

So let us be truly thankful today for all our blessings, both spiritual and temporal and especially for the Bread of Heaven, the Body of Christ.  Our thankfulness should go hand-in-hand with contrition for our sins.  And let us look forward to a genuinely holy celebration of the Season of Advent, apart from the distractions and materialism of the emerging anti-Christian culture.  Now it is a faux pas to say "Merry Christmas," soon it will be a crime.  Please see "5 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas," in Catholic Life to the right>>>  Feel free to print and distribute.

In the spirit of thankfulness and contrition, here are some prayers....
Some of you will recognize this as The Common Preface from the Old Catholic Missal, followed by the glorious Sanctus.....

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, through Christ our Lord.  Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe.  The heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it.  Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

Act of Contrition

O My God,  I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee.  I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, confess my sins, do penance and amend my life.  Amen.

Update 8/10/13

Its been six months since I've posted.  I see my stats have been pretty good this week, so its obvious that its high time for an update, lest my audience concludes I have forgotten all about the ambitious concept described above.

We are laying the groundwork right now, which has proven to be more complicated than I originally thought.  Incorporation is not the easiest process.  People don't always respond to letters.  People are not anxious to empty their pockets or give you their very limited time...and why should they?  Just as those starting new businesses face challenges (2 of my friends recently went out of business), those starting non-profits face very similar challenges and it requires a lot of patience.  But if this is God's work, He will see it through to success-I have no doubt about that.

In the past six months, I have met with the Vicar General of the Brooklyn Diocese (very successful meeting!), established more of an involvement with the World Apostolate of Fatima, making several trips to their shrine and have been working at a local historic farm, which in many ways resembles what I wish to do with Nomen Christi Apostolate.  I have designed and managed an educational/therapeutic garden at this site.  This has given me more experience that I will eventually employ to start gardens in parishes and schools.

This website needs continued work and I will keep you posted on all our progress.  If you live in the NY Metro Area, please consider becoming involved.  The more people who express an interest, the sooner we can get all this off the ground!

Thank you for visiting this site and God bless you...CM:)

Blizzard in New York Area 2/8/13

Here's some emergency info I received by email from my local senator:

"As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of the approaching blizzard, it is important that we prepare for the storm’s potential impacts. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to monitor the storm and coordinate response efforts. In an effort to keep you informed below you will find important links and phone numbers:

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management has been activated and a hotline,

888-684-4274 has been set up. 

You can sign up to receive emergency notifications from the Suffolk County Code Red Emergency Notification System by clicking here:

National Grid announced that it is taking a series of advance steps to prepare the storm adding Call Center personnel and arranging schedules to allow extended coverage, and preparing all restoration equipment and inventories.

To report power outages or downed power lines-

LIPA Hotline: 800 - 490-0075

24 Hour Gas Emergency Service: 

National Grid 800-490-0045

Long Island Rail Road will deploy fleets of snow and ice-busting equipment to keep outdoor tracks, third rails and wires clear of snow and ice during the storm.   Track switches will be treated with antifreeze and switch heaters  will be turned on to keep switches moving freely so trains can continue to be routed from one track to another.

LIRR 24 hour travel information center:

718-217-5477 or  

NICE Bus travel information:

516-228-4000 or

NYC Transit travel information:

718-330-1234 or

NYS Department of Transportation has more than 1,270 plow trucks and 1,582 drivers standing by to pre-treat roadways with salt brine in advance of the storm and clear snow and ice once precipitation begins. Travelers are encouraged to check conditions before venturing out by   accessing NYSDOT’s free 511NY traffic and travel information system, which provides real-time travel information, by calling 511 or  visiting  The website features a winter travel advisory system, with real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are snow covered, ice covered, wet, dry, or closed to help drivers determine if travel is advisable. The system provides real-time snow and ice conditions for State roads."           

Be safe and pray for everyone's safety and wellbeing...Our Lady of the Island, pray for us!

Chiara M:)

Update 1/19/13

Just wanted to let you know about the new online group/forum I just started at "Catholic Answers," called "New York Metro Area Catholics."  Group description:

"Discussion of any and all local Catholic issues, such as: events (church, pro-life, conferences), specific parish offerings (Masses, devotions, meetings, etc.), ecclesiastical news, help for disadvantaged, education, shrines, Catholic hospitals, local religious orders and fresh ideas!"

I've posted some very basic local info on the March For Life, just to get started.  You can look at the posts here:

If you're not a member, you may want to consider joining "Catholic Answers."  Registration is free and easy.  Please spread the word!

Chiara M. :)

Update 1/15/13

We raised $200.00 over the Christmas Season, which was $800.00 short of our goal.  Let's choose to view this glass (or bank account) as 20% full, rather than 80% empty!  This just means things are going to take a little longer and we will have to begin embarking on new and interesting fundraising efforts.  Life is always an adventure!

We expect Nomen Christi Apostolate's progress to be slow through the winter, but more aggressive efforts will take place in the spring, after Easter.  Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.  We are still working on where we will be having regular meetings.  Please stay tuned for new developments and remember, you can always sign up for email updates so you don't miss anything!

Update 1/3/13

Feast of The Most Holy Name of Jesus

(Nomen Christi)

Holy Name of Jesus, we adore Thee!

Holy Name of Jesus, may we ever defend Thee!

Holy Name of Jesus, may You be upon our lips in all our works!

Christmas Season Fundraiser: 

There are still a few more days till Epiphany, when our Christmas Season Fundraiser ends (though you are certainly welcome to give at any time!).  We are trying to raise $1,000.00 to begin the incorporation process and continue to move forward.  Unfortunately, everything costs $ and even the simplest of activities requires funds, such as printing flyers.  Your help will be greatly appreciated and you and your family will be remembered in prayer.  In addition, you will be forever honored as one of our initial donors and will receive a letter to that effect.  Please see below, "Christmas Season Fundraiser," for more details.

A holy and healthy New Year to all!  Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, especially for Holy Mother Church at this hour of persecution.  Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy upon us.

Update 12/17/12


Let us pray for all the children and others who lost their lives in yet another massacre, on Friday.  For the families, the traumatized children and the injured as well.  Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.  O Lord deliver us. coming Let us be consoled by the fact that they are now in the arms of Our Lord and Our Lady.  Though they have been deprived of the celebration of Christmas on earth this year, they now will celebrate it with the Christ Child Himself.  Let us remember them especially on the coming Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28th.

It is consoling to read the following words of the traditional "New Marian" missal.  The times we are living in are probably not much different in spiritual significance.  Christmas of 2012 will be ever remembered as that which was ushered in by the blood of innocents.  What sign comes from the powers and principalities in the high places?  Let this Christmas be one of silence as the voices of those children were silenced.  May we make ourselves fitting offerings and meditate upon these things in our hearts.

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

"It is because Herod believed the words of the Magi and of the high priests whom he consulted that he sees a rival in the Infant of Bethlehem and with jealousy pursues the Child, born King of the Jews.  It is this God-king that the Innocents by dying, confess.  Their passion is the exaltation of Christ."

"Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings, O God, Thou hast perfected praise, because of Thine enemies."

"O God, whose praise the martyred Innocents on this day confessed, not by speaking, but by dying:  destroy in us all the evils of sin, that our life also may proclaim in deeds Thy faith which our tongues profess."

"...and in their mouth there was found no lie:  for they are without spot before the throne of God."

"Laudate, pueri, Dominum, laudate nomen Domini.  Alleluia."

"They have poured out the blood of the Saints as water, round about Jerusalem...Avenge, O Lord, the blood of Thy Saints, which has been shed upon the earth."

"A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning:  Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not."

One of yesterday's readings for the joyful Gaudete Sunday, seems to speak directly to the distressed soul.  There was plenty of reason for distress in the early Church, but St. Paul told them to rejoice and pray, and "the peace of God, which supasseth all understanding" would settle upon them.  The Epistle goes on to tell us the thoughts we should have in our minds, even in the midst of suffering and persecution-thoughts of what is holy and beautiful.  And as Fr. Benedict Groeschel once said, "Never think about death without thinking about the Resurrection."  The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4,1-8:

" stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved...Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice...The Lord is every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things."

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.  Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.  To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.  To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.  Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.  Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 



Please see "5 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas," in "Catholic Life."

Update 12/13/12

Christmas Season Fundraiser!

For the remaining days of Advent, along with the 12 Days of Christmas, we will be trying to raise $1,000.00 to begin the incorporation process and continue to get our new ministry "off the ground." 

These donations will not be tax-deductible and will go into a new bank account, which will be reserved strictly for Nomen Christi Apostolate donations.  We will not be accepting credit cards, only checks or money orders.  Please make checks payable to the Director, Chiara F. Mathews.  Please do not make checks payable to Nomen Christi Apostolate, since this is not yet recognized as a legal entity (that's the problem we are trying to fix!).  All donors will receive a letter of thanks.  Please send your donations to:

Chiara F. Mathews, Director

Nomen Christi Apostolate

PO Box 281

Huntington Station, NY  11746

If you would prefer to wait until we are incorporated to send your donation, you can still keep us in your prayers during this Christmas Season. 

Thanks in advance, to all our prayerful and financial supporters-you will remain in our prayers as well.  Please know that you are an enormous help in this new and important work that we are seeking to accomplish during these challenging times.  We cannot do it without you!

Merry Christmas and abundant blessings in the New Year!

Legal accountability will be provided upon request.

New!  Email Updates

If you would like to be updated on Nomen Christi Apostolate news by email, simply email us at: and type "Email Updates" as the Subject.

Update 11/30/12:

Please see "About-Mission" and "About-Director," which have now been completed.

Update 11/26/12:

Please check with your local parish to see if they are continuing to participate in the storm relief efforts mentioned below.

We have been working on preliminary efforts to become incorporated.  Donations cannot be tax-deductible if an organization is not legally incorporated.  It also lends credibility to the organization.  This will involve hundreds of dollars in legal and paperwork fees.  We would like to do an Advent Fundraiser to assist with these fees, but a few legal aspects must be worked out first.  Please check back soon if you would like to make an Advent contribution as part of your Christmas-time almsgiving (these donations will not be tax-deductible).  This way, you can help us become incorporated and be an important part of the establishment of this new, cutting-edge Catholic ministry, Nomen Christi Apostolate!

Continued Storm Relief Efforts:

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is seeking nonperishable food, hand sanitizer, bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, basic toiletries, toilet paper, warm clothing, towels, blankets, batteries, can openers, flashlights, etc.  Donations are being accepted at any parish.  The Diocese also is accepting monetary donations, which will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies.  For more info:

All Souls Day: 


Let us pray for all those who lost their lives in this devastating storm and for their families.  May we quickly recover and be filled with Christ's love through these trials. 


Let's all get together spiritually and pray the Holy Rosary for everyone's safety and well-being over the next few days.

This is a good opportunity to evaluate your general emergency preparedness and see where you need improvement.  As you go through the coming days, make a list of your preparedness deficiencies and begin setting aside one hour per week to work on the necessary changes.

As the saying goes, "Stay calm and carry on!"  Let's not worry and be filled with trust in God.  I wish you and your families safety and peace.

Our Lady of the Island, pray for us!  Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

Chiara M.

BTW, I had a wonderful time at the SCSS Conference at Kellenberg HS.  The 2 days were filled with amazing blessings and extremely fruitful.  Bishop Murphy's talk on the history of the USCCB was very interesting and the highlight was getting to meet Cardinal Egan-he was exceptionally gracious and inquisitive about our new apostolate!

Update 10/23/12:

Society of Catholic Social Scientists 20th Annual Conference- Uniondale, NY-10/26 & 10/27-Nomen Christi Director in attendance

Society of Catholic Social Scientists

Upcoming meeting with the Vicar General of the Brooklyn Diocese

We now have a PO Box:

Nomen Christi Apostolate
PO Box 281
Huntington Station, NY  11746

We're working on getting a phone line with Sienna Group, becoming incorporated and filling out the pages on this site.  Stay tuned for those developments!
Sienna Group

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