I know the priest who is helping organize this. He’s one of those young priests so many of us have such hopes for. Another organizer I know well. I haven’t seen him as much as I used to, but he’s also a great young Catholic with a burgeoning family and who has been helping try to restore the Faith.
What is planned is an all day, 20+ mile pilgrimage from Downtown Dallas to the Shops at Legacy in Plano. The hike is scheduled to take 12 hours. Since a lot of folks may find such a long hike a bit beyond their capabilities, the organizers are asking people to fill 3 hour shifts. You can sign up here for one of those shifts. There are various stops along the way where you can join up with the group. At the Shops at Legacy end, there will be prayers and recitation of the Gospel of St. John. After that, the group is going over to St. Sophia Catholic Church for Jerusalem Matins.
That’s my friend J Schwartz you can contact there for more info.
For now, here is more from the Facebook page:
At 9am on Good Friday we will meet in Downtown Dallas (exact place TBA) and we are going to begin with reading the Scriptures, prayer and worship. Then we are all going to carry Crosses (life sized wooden crosses) from Downtown Dallas to the Shops at Legacy near Frisco! Google maps estimates “walking” this will take around 9 hours. We will also take 15-20 minute breaks every 3 hours to read the Scriptures on what happened to Jesus at that time, pray, eat, drink (12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm) and conclude by 9pm at the Shops at Legacy. Who knows whom God will bring into our path on this journey to share Christ with and pray for as we walk across the Metroplex?!
Now I KNOW that not everyone can do this all day because of work and other reasons. So we are asking people to sign up for either one hour blocks to do this or, what I would prefer is, to at least commit to a 3 hour block (9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm). Obviously, we as Catholics should take into account the different devotions at our parishes (i.e. Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross). However, I am asking everyone try to commit to some time block. For those of you interested in the 6-9pm block of time, we will end the walk portion of the pilgrimage at the Shops at Legacy pond, where we will pass out the Gospel of John and pray together. Afterward, we have been invited to join St. Sophia Catholic Church (a Byzantine Rite Catholic Church) to pray the Jerusalem Matins with them at their parish (5600 N Colony Blvd The Colony, TX 75056). What a great way to conclude a phenomenal day of pray and ministry!
In addition, we are asking for volunteers to bring water and food to the 4 rest stops throughout the day. Let me know if you would like to help with that. Here is where you can sign up: http://goo.gl/R2mgXh
We are going to be so involved at Mater Dei literally all day Friday I don’t think I can participate in this, which is a shame, because I’d love to.
This is exactly the kind of activity we need to engage in if we are going to not just evangelize the culture, but to show the world the Church is not going to slip quietly away, leaving the world in darkness and evil. Who knows what hearts might not be stirred to repentance by seeing this procession? It looks like some of the time slots have some pretty good coverage, others, not so much. So if you are not already committed to devotions at your parish all day Friday, perhaps you could try to help out with this. Note, you will be carrying a large cross. But that’s what makes it doubly awesome!
I do have to note, I did see on Facebook I believe this procession will have some ecumenical overtones. I believe some evangelicals are participating. I know that may rub some traddies the wrong way, but in this case, as a nascent effort requiring a substantial commitment, I am tending to overlook it. Hopefully there will be some evangelizing not only of the pagan culture with this procession, but also of any separated souls who participate. Knowing the priest and the other organizer well, I don’t have much concern that there will be any indifferentism or watering down of the Faith.
But just to make sure, you might want to make sure Our Lady is well represented.
Divine Mercy Conference this week in Dallas March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sanctity, Virtue.
Sorry for the late notice, the conference actually opens tonight. I’m a little unsure on Saturday attendance, I get the impression that while Friday and Sunday events are open to all, those on Saturday are only open to those who have made a donation to some organization. Anyway, here are the details via MJD:
Father Mitch Pacwa from EWTN will be giving talks. Mass, Confession, Holy Hour, Procession, Benediction, Veneration of First Class relic of St. Faustina.
FRIDAY- March 7, 2014 OPENING LITURGY (OPEN TO ALL)
at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church [Mesquite]
-7:00 PM- Opening Mass with Bishop Douglas Deshotel-
Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas (to be confirmed)
-8:00 PM- Exposition, Sung Chapel, Holy Hour, Benediction
and Procession (Fr. Zmudzinski, C.P.M.)
SATURDAY- March 8, 2013 CONFERENCE ON THE DIVINE MERCY
at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church
(WITH DONATION RECEIPTS ONLY) $25
AM -8:00 Praise and Worship Songs [Ummm.......]
-8:40 Welcome and Orientation and Initial Prayers
-9:00 First Talk: The Love and Mercy of God in Human History
-9:50 (Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.) (Meditation Song)
10:00 Second Talk: The Divine Mercy Message to St. Faustina
10:50 (Dr. Bryan Thatcher) (Meditation Song)
11:00 Third Talk: Healing of humanity through the power of the
(Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M.) the Love and Mercy of God
11:50 Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving
PM 12:00 LUNCH (available from Cafeteria at minimal cost)
12:45 Praise Songs
-1:00 Fourth Talk: Talk on the Holy Eucharist, source and
(Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J) summit of Love and Mercy
-1:50 Meditation Song
-2:00 Fifth Talk: Daily Living experience of the Gospel of Love
(Dr. Bryan Thatcher) and Mercy, through the Cenacle
Practical Living of Love and Mercy
-2:50 Exposition and Holy Hour:
-3:00 Sung Chaplet, Holy Hour (Talk), Benediction and
(Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski) Procession of the Blessed
-4:00 Confessions (in the Classrooms) and Veneration of
St. Faustina’s Relic
-5:00 Mass for the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT-2014
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (OPEN TO EVERYONE)
SUNDAY- March 9, 2014- CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE CONFERENCE (Bilingual)
(OPEN TO ALL)
(at the Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, Tx. 75149)
-2:00 PM- Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross
and Consecration Prayers
-2:50 PM- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Deacon Bill Jasmin)
-3:00 PM- Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy
-4:00 PM- Solemn High Mass and Closing Ritual with [This means a sung NO - I'd love to hear a report of how this Mass was offered. I won't be able to attend. Key details would be Ad Orientem, any Latin, male servers, incense, communion rail (heh - unlikely), etc]
Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, D.D. Bishop of
Dallas, Texas (to be confirmed)
After my conversion, I attended a number of Fullness of Truth conferences, and they certainly helped guide me in a better practice of the Faith. I wouldn’t say they played a role in my embracing the traditional practice of the Faith, and while I might at present take issue with the direction of some of the presentations at these conferences, I would say overall they actually helped guide me towards a more traditional practice of the Faith. They certainly helped reveal the dearth of catechesis available at most parishes.
Check it out if you have interest/time.
Buy some nice Catholic art for Lent! February 18, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Art and Architecture, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Lent, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
This would help a local family in serious need out quite a bit:
Bridegroom Press sells attractive imagery for Stations of the Cross. All the fourteen stations are included, represented by Catholic artistic masterpieces dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Buy a set and place them around your home to do Stations without ever leaving the house! Glue them on cardboard. Make little wooden frames for them that could be used indoors or out, as I did. Just buy them to enjoy the art.
There are some really beautiful images.
Please consider helping this family out by buying some good art in time for Lent.
The god-father of “new age” was a sick anti-Catholic deviant February 18, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy.
Below I will excerpt some portions of Amchurch Comes Out, from pp. 225-232. They deal with the history and thought of Carl Jung, purported expert in psychoanalysis and founder of what is commonly called the new age religion. I haven’t blogged on new age in a while, but this is critical, critical information on the man considered the founder and intellectual guiding light of this false, perverse religion. New age practices tragically remain incredibly widespread in the Church, with numerous local parishes in the Dallas area hosting yoga, enneagrams, reiki, transcendental meditation, etc. All of these practices are impossible to reconcile with proper Catholic spirituality as they are oriented towards self-exaltation and finding “the god within.”
There is much explosive information below. How anyone could even remotely adhere to new age practices based on this man’s Church-hatred and perversion is beyond me:
In his 1933 classic, Essays of a Catholic, [eminent Catholic historian Hillaire] Belloc predicted that “when the gods of the new paganism come they will not be merely insufficient, as were the gods of Greece, nor merely false; they will be evil. One might put it in a sentence, and say that the new paganism, foolishly expecting satisfaction, will fall, before it knows where it is, into satanism.”
In that same period, the 1930s, Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung began sending out his anointed disciples from Zurich to Britain and the United States to spread his Jungian doctrines and establish what historian and psychologist Dr. Richard Noll described as “an anti-orthodox Christianity cult of redemption or Nietszchean religion [the same kind of sick false religion that powered Nazism, of which Jung was a big fan] ,” finding fertile ground especially among disorientated Catholics [though not until the 1960s].
……..Jung’s entire life and work was motivated by a desire to overthrow the Catholic Church, whose religious doctrine and moral teachings he considered the source of all the neuroses which afflicted Western man. In short: Jung hated the Catholic Church, and by his experience with occult forces, he believed he could destroy it by unleashing the power of disordered sex.
With the financial backing of some of the wealthiest Americans, including the Rockefeller family, and teh support of Marxist ideologues, eugenicists, and sexual libertines in the media, universitis, and government, Jung’s program to deconstruct orthodox Christianity became the playbook for the managerial elite of the new planned society of the 1930s….. [referring here to the New Deal]
Jung’s influence cannot be underestimated…..
…..By 1912, Jung was totally absorbed by eroticism and entranced by the occult, particularly the ritualistic liturgies of Mithras. [Remember, modernist thought was at its height at this time. Pope St. Pius X had formally defined and anathematized the heresy a few years before. What is not widely known, is that many of these early adherents to modernism soon fell into the occult. Occult practices were rampant among academics, especially left wing academics, in the period from 1900-1940 or so] That year, he announced he could no longer be a Christian, and that only the “new” science of psychoanalysis – as he defined it – could offer personal and cultural renewal and rebirth [setting up "science" - even though it wasn't real science - as a false god. Very common. These men seek to overthrow God and replace Him with.......themselves. It is the very oldest heresy, it is satan's heresy]
To Jung, honoring “god” meant honoring the libido. Indeed…….”Jung offers the psychoanalytic term ‘libido’ as a mystical substitute for ‘vital force’ [vital force - that is a term straight out of the modernist heresy] or even ‘god.’ …….
…..”The experience of a god within was always a key promise of Jung, and his method of psychotherapy, and it is indeed a central part of Jung’s repudiation of traditional Christianity that offered a God that was distant, transcendental and absolute……..
……Having a “god within” could lead to the experience of becoming one with “god,” or merging with this god-force in some way. It is clear from his many statements that Jung felt that the central experience of transformation in the ancient mystery cults of the Hellenistic world involved just such a process or experience of self-deification. [And achieving "contact" or "union" with this personal, individual "god within" remains the sole focus of all new age practices. This is a god of the individual's making, in spite of occasional "Catholic" cover language to the contrary used by new age sisters like Joyce Rupp, and thus a false god, a competitor to the One, True, God. Little wonder, then, so many new age types wind up wandering further and further into paganism, the occult, wicca, etc.]
……..Jung’s drive to formulate a new religion was the result of trying to justify his own sins; the betrayal of his wife and the betrayal and seduction of his patient Sabina Spielrein. He needs to conceive a ‘better religion, one that wouldn’t condemn him for his sins. [All public heresy is driven by private sin]
At bottom, Jung betrayed his father, his wife, his patient, and, of course, Christ, in trying to ease the rebukes his conscience delivered. [Jung had been baptized as a protestant]
[Condensing some other disparate quotes: Jung began arranging orgies from among his female and male patients, he used these sex orgies to drive people away from their Christian upbringing and to introduce them into the occult, he defended infidelity and fornication, he got increasingly into witchcraft and other satanism, etc]
….Jung has been the driving force of the “quiet revolution” in the Catholic Church for the past sixty years, at least. His teachings long ago replaced those of Jesus Christ, St. Paul, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas in the “mainstream” of Catholic teaching in seminaries, convents, Catholic colleges and universities, retreat programs and spiritual formation courses in Western Europe and the United States – a revolution which most Catholics have not yet noticed. [Indeed, I started this blog in response to a scandalous series of Lenten retreats hosted by new age female religious.]
Even more peculiar is the fact that Jung, an “apostle for adultery,” who believed in (and practiced polygamy), who devoted his life to overthrowing patriarchal society and reviving ancient pagan gods of the libido, should have his “insights” into masculinity, femininity, and sexuality upheld by a woman – Dolores Leckey – who headed the US bishop’s marriage and family life office in their national conference for 20 years! [And, of course, these new age heresies have been widely promoted by numerous religious, like Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating, Joyce Rupp, etc. The vast majority of 60+ year old religious in this country adhere to new age practices in one manner or another. That is why their orders are already well past the point of collapse - they embrace a spirituality directly antithetical to the right practice of the Faith]
Jung’s obsession with overthrowing orthodox Christianity is detailed in Dr. Richard Noll’s The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of C.G. Jung.
[Regarding Jung's theories of masculinity, femininity, and "finding the god within", supposedly based on his psychoanalytical research, which have found wide acceptance in the Church in the US, and which featured in a book written by the aforementioned Dolores Leckey]……Those particular ideas of Jung’s have no scientific validity. Essentially, Jung borrowed this cluster of ideas from the Aryan spirituality and occultism of his day….
……People who say such things think they are speaking scientifically, but this vocabulary comes from an occult tradition prevalent at the turn of the century in Germany….. [a tradition prevalent because of modernist rejection of Catholicism, which was rampant in Germany at that time]
…Walk into a typical Catholic bookstore and browse in the “spirituality” section, and you’ll see the best-selling books of such popularizers of the Jung cult as priests Basil Pennington, Richard Rohr, and Thomas Keating.
Read the lists for “spirituality” programs and retreats in many diocesan newspapers, and you will see programs on Jungian dream analysis, discovering the child within, contacting your inner “god/goddess,” or similar such Jungian therapy programs predominate, even though they have nothing to do with Catholic spirituality, and are inherently antithetical to it.
And thus, new age errors have become, incredibly, one of the most prominent if not the most prominent approaches to spirituality abroad in the Church in the US today.
As I said, this blog got started as a response to a particularly egregious series of Lenten retreats given in the Dallas Diocese back in 2010. Since that time, there have still been retreats featuring female religious, but they have featured individuals without much of a paper trail, so that it is difficult to ascertain just what they present. But I know there are still numerous parishes in the Diocese that regularly promote and host new age spirituality practices, from yoga to reiki to new age/eastern meditation……the list is quite extensive. When I presented problems regarding these practices to some area pastors, the response ranged from silence to hostility.
I used to peruse parish bulletins to see what they had going on regarding these types of programs. I haven’t done that of late, but intend to get back to it. It will probably mean a lot fewer posts, but more focused. You, dear reader, could certainly help in that regard. Especially here in the Dallas Diocese (but I would consider posting materials from other nearby dioceses), if you find in your parish bulletin some problematic activity, you could certainly bring that to my attention, or you could contact the pastor yourself if you feel able. Always be constantly polite and thankful.
If you found something you thought worthy for me to pursue, you could e-mail it to me or leave a comment on the blog.
The reason for doing this is to protect souls from being exposed to destructive, diabolically-inspired new age practices. My personal experience with these folks, and Paul Likoudis confirms such in Amchurch Comes Out, is that they are almost impossible to convert. Once souls get lost in these very self-oriented, inwardly-turned practices, there is almost an addictive quality that leads them deeper and deeper into paganism and the occult, and turning them around takes a practical miracle. Prevention, in this case, is utterly paramount. You have to stop people being exposed to this entre’ into the occult.
Spiritually speaking, folks absorbed into new age are exposed to all kinds of dark spiritual forces. That, coupled with the great temptation to pride (making god unto oneself), makes new age a uniquely dangerous practice.
It is a spiritual nightmare and we desperately need to make souls aware of just how dangerous this new age stuff is. One of the major sources of the great spiritual weakness in the Church today, and the prevalence of very dark forces as witnessed in priest boy rape and all that, is this widespread dabbling in near-occult practices.
Mary of Nazareth movie…….looks good? February 12, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, family, fun, General Catholic, North Deanery, Our Lady, Society.
So I’ve seen ads for this movie for a while and finally watched the trailer last night. Has anyone seen a screening? It looks to have potential, but I’ve been disappointed before. This is produced by Carmel Communications and released by Ignatius? So…….have you seen it? Comments?
So this is specifically made for a Catholic audience? We won’t see Our Blessed Mother reduced to some protestant-acceptable side figure who just happened to birth her some good Messiah?
The endorsements for the movie are a whose who of conservative Catholics. All good, then?
I will say, from the trailer, they are either modifying Scripture for the script or they are using a somewhat funky translation of the Bible. It didn’t exactly sound Douay-Reims.
I guess no DVDs on this until late this year. That is probably how I will see it. However, I do see it is playing this Sunday and next (2:30 pm) at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas at Spring Valley and North Central Expy.
Go see it. Report back. Father said seeing a movie is OK on a Sunday.
Lead a rally group in defense of marriage March 22? February 11, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, Ecumenism, family, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
TFP and other groups are planning on turning March 22 into a nationwide day of protest in defense of marriage. They are looking for people to be willing to gather a few or many friends and family, and then stand on a streetcorner for an hour and give witness to the sanctity of marriage. They would do this by hoisting some banners encouraging people to accept and adhere to the traditional definition of marriage for one hour on Saturday, March 22.
They claim if you sign up – free of charge – you will be sent a 10 foot banner that says “God’s Marriage = 1 Man and 1 Woman.” I suspect it will also feature some verbiage for Tradition, Family, and Propert and/or America Needs Fatima. I really like the idea. I really think public witness, visibly challenging this culture’s self-destructive assumptions, is something we need to do more and more of. Whether that is done with a TFP banner, or just getting some folks together on your own on that Saturday, is probably immaterial. It would be quite a sight to see a group standing on the corner of, say Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn (Dallasites will know what I mean), advocating for marriage (although, I hear the homosexuals are departing that neighborhood as it now has too many regular folks for their taste – apparently, “phobias” run both ways).
So here’s my proposal. I am sure I can drag my wife and kids out for this. However, it would be awesome to have some additional folks go. I was teasing about doing this in Oak Lawn – I don’t want to start a fight – but I would be good with someplace in Dallas or Irving. They also recommend making signs such as “honk for traditional marriage,” etc.
Anybody up for this? I think to be effective we’d need at least about 20 people or so. It’s Saturday, March 22. If you are local, either let me know in the comments, e-mail me if you have my super-secret batcave e-mail address, or talk to me in person.
If we do this, I don’t want to do it in a really “safe” location. I want to go where there will be lots of people including a fair assortment unlikely to be supportive of our views. If we are going to evangelize, that is the type we need to reach. So, maybe do this at Mockingbird and Inwood? Or somewhere like that?
If I get a positive response, I start to set up some details.
Why are pro-perverse sex groups given such free rein in the Church? January 16, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, Society.
I think we know the answer. But Michael Voris goes to town with another Vortex today:
I’ll just add real quick, aside from LBGTUVWXYZ groups and New Ways Ministry, there is also a group called “Outstretched Hands.” I’ve blogged on that in the past, and having an “Outstretched Hands” community at a Catholic parish gets them a rating as “gay friendly.”
I can say, in a nutshell, that Outstretched Hands seeks to normalize homosexual behavior, has frequently advocated for acceptance of so-called homosexual marriage, and in general encourages rather than discourages those lost in this lifestyle to remain within it.
So when I presented the problems with Outstretched Hands to local authorities (and reported on this blog), especially how their own flyers and guidance documents spelled out their agenda, was the response to squash the group? Oh no, the response was to squash the evidence - they pulled the materials off the Seton website, but continued using them in the “gay outreach” group.
And thus, the video above.
Local News on Carmel, Patrick Madrid talk January 8, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, North Deanery, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
A quick post with some local updates. Sr. Miguela Marie will make her First Profession of vows at the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph, 600 Flowers Ave, Dallas 75211 on Saturday at 10a. The Mass will be a NO offered Ad Orientem (as they all are, by the nuns specific design!) with a fair amount of Latin, if prior experience holds. The Carmelite Chapel is all decked out for Christmas, and it is really a sight to behold!
If you cannot attend, y0u could send sister a card at the address above.
In addition, Patrick Madrid is giving a talk tonight at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Frisco. Mass is at 6:30p, followed by the seminar at 7p. I’ve had dinner with Patrick Madrid due to the great largess of a reader, and he’s a great guy. He is not exactly traditional, but you get solid conservative Catholic views from Mr. Madrid.
I did not see a price for this event listed. Perhaps it’s a free will offering. Don’t know.
Not doing anything tonight? December 12, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
If you don’t have any pressing plans tonight, and want to partake of some good traditional Liturgy AND publicly witness to our Faith, you might consider assisting at the 6:30p Mass at Mater Dei in Irving and participating in the Procession in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe tonight. Our Lady of Guadalupe is, of course, the patroness of the Americas. I understand there will be a mariachi band after. We collectively missed the First Friday devotion at the Carmel this month due to the ice storm, so maybe this could be an alternative for some prayer, witness, and fellowship?
Just a thought for the locals.
Four years and 4285 blog posts ago……. December 10, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, silliness.
……Tantumblogo brought forth on this internet a new blog, conceived in naivete, and dedicated to the proposition that a blog might somehow make some small difference in the Church.
It has been four interesting years, filled with many twists and turns. I don’t know how long I will continue to blog. When I started out, I just wanted the blog to last some amount longer and have more content than the average for all blogs – 3 months, 11 posts. I think it safe to say I’ve surpassed that initial goal by a fair amount.
I have never had grand plans and designs. This blog started as a reaction to a scandalous conference featuring a new age sister scheduled for Lent 2010. I quickly overcame the naivete that said that simply bringing this matter to the attention of the local authority would result in a quick resolution. So, I started the blog in the hope that getting more information to more people might somehow make a difference. I wasn’t real clear how that would work. But I quickly found along the way that the biggest difference made was within myself – through the blog, I believe I have learned more and come to love more that which is great in the Church than would have ever been possible otherwise.
I hope – I pray – this blog has been of some benefit to you. My goal, after the initial crisis was passed, has always been to help souls grow in their love and practice of the Faith. If at times it seems like I have drifted far from that focus, the failure is entirely mine.
If this blog has meaning for you, please pray for me! Especially if you view what I write with a critical eye!