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Friend of blog Kevin Lents publishes strong apologetics book October 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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Occasional reader Kevin Lents has published a book entitled Language of Dissent: Answering Those Who Distort the Catholic Faith.  The book is an apology for many topics of the Faith where there is great misunderstanding both within and outside the Church.  I have only read an excerpt of the book, but it looks promising.  I know Kevin a little through e-mail and comments on the blog and he’s a very solid orthodox Catholic.  I think this book could be valuable to many: those with non-Catholic family, those who fight error within the Church, those who evangelize protestants and/or Orthodox with erroneous understandings of the Faith, liberals, leftists, new agers…….I think you understand.

Kevin Lents, author of The Language of Dissent, does a tremendous job in answering those who distort the Catholic faith.  In The Language of Dissent, Mr. Lents takes up issues such as:

+Jesus did not know He was God.

+There are errors and contradictions in the Bible.

+Adam and Eve are merely legends and myth.

+Jesus really did not multiply the fishes and loaves.

+The Catholic Church no longer teaches the doctrines of purgatory and Indulgences.

+We do not know if Jesus actually performed any miracles.

And many more. You can see a chapter of the book here (this is the homepage of one of my friends who helped me – Michael Lofton):

http://consolamini.org/2014/10/09/the-language-of-dissent/

In addition, Kevin has provided a most generous “look inside” at Amazon.  You can see quite a fair overview of the book.

Like I said, it looks quite promising.  I encourage you to check it out. It might make a pretty good book for those wavering in the Faith, or who have gotten most of their catechesis (seemingly a huge majority today) from the “mainstream” media.  I know sometimes reaching those folks – the invincibly convinced of liberal error types – can be most difficult of all. Perhaps this book may help.

God bless Kevin for his efforts. Oh, and discount the “number remaining” on Amazon, there are plenty in stock.

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As I’ve said many times before, efforts like this are the kind of ecumenism I can get behind.  Congratulations to Kevin on his new book.

Some dialogue I can get behind: Nigerian bishop calls fanatical islamists satanic October 8, 2014

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If we’re going to have dialogue, it may as well be honest, and not the endless, indifferent and inconsequential torrents of pointless verbiage (but always in the most pleasant of settings) that characterize the ecumenical/interreligious “movement” of the past 50 years.  Here’s a little honesty from a shepherd of souls who knows exactly what islam is in its purer, more undiluted form:

“Christians must do everything within their powers to protect their lives from being snuffed off by Satanist-driven Islamic organizations,” Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, the Roman Catholic head of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese, said Sunday, according to Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.

Bishop Bagobiri also noted, according to the Vanguard, that Christians have a “grave duty” to use “moderate and proportionate force” to defend their families against Islamic groups such asBoko Haram, which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since 2009.

Boko Haram became internationally known after it staged a mass kidnapping of more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. Only one has reportedly escaped in nearly five months.

Not fighting back is a “gross act of irresponsibility,” the bishop said at a Sunday reception, pointing out that “Christian communities that observe absolute pacifism have all ceased to exist…….. [It can also be gravely immoral, a failure of charity for those around us unable or unwilling to defend themselves]

…….On Monday, the Nigerian Catholic Church released a statement: “As a church, we are really going through a severe moment of persecution,” particularly in the three Northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.”

The statement was signed by Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, director of social communication for the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, who lamented the fact that “in the last few weeks our churches numbering 154 have been deserted. [I have read elsewhere that 185 Catholic parishes have been destroyed by satanic islamists in Nigeria alone in the past year or two]

“While our people perish, inaction, or rather slow action is what we get. Political activities in neighbouring communities are ongoing as though nothing is at stake,” Obasogie added…….

……“While Muslims are sometimes targets of these destructive attacks, Christians, churches and non-Muslims in general are the principal targets for extermination, expropriation and expulsion by the Boko Haram insurgents, the perpetrators of all these destructions,” they emphasized.

Regarding the point above about it being a failure of charity to fail to defend oneself, one’s neighbor, loved ones, etc, from external threat, obviously, prudence, geographic separation, and many other factors enter in.  But it may be desirable, from many points of view, to engage an enemy to one’s religion far abroad when possible, rather than waiting for the threat to get closer to home.  And, even our most “ecumenical” Holy Father has, in a sense, decreed a crusade, in saying that the egregious atrocities of islamists around the world warrant a proportionate armed response.  I’m still fairly equivocal about the US performing this role, for a number of reasons – one of the foremost being that any armed intervention conducted by the US most certainly would not be for religious reasons, but for general humanitarian reasons, at best, and there are always the lurking possibilities of dire ulterior motives or unforeseen problems arising from the ineptitude of the current administration.  There is also the fact that we’re beyond broke, but maybe that’s less a bug than a feature, if one looks to a future beyond the current political organization of middle North America.

I do think it high time that nations like Nigeria start protecting their Catholic populations and stop all the corruption those African kleptocracies are so infamous for.  But, I may as well hope to be King of the Moon that there will be any change in the nature of African (or Mideast) governance anytime soon.  In this day and age, there are precious few good guys to root for.  And the pious innocents just continue to suffer.

Speaking of anti-islamist combat, a couple of rather cool photos from recent US airpower activities over Syria, including an image from one of the first F-22 strike missions and a great shot of a Bone going full afterburner after refueling.  The Bone is beloved of ground troops because it can remain in full burner for a loooong time and travel almost half again as fast as other aircraft (~700 kts), most fighters being limited to about 450 kts by external ordinance, and cuts reaction time down quite a bit.  The F-22 may be even better, if it has the gas for it, able to cruise at almost 1000 kts in supercruise mode.  The F-22 is not slowed down by external ordinance (most folks have no idea of how much penalty there is from hanging all those bombs, fuel tanks, missiles, etc, on the outside of an aircraft), because it carries all ordinance internally.  There are times when an A-10 can cruise almost as fast as a heavily laden F-16!

Raptors refuel

Raptors refuel

Air strikes in Syria

That’s 124,000 pounds of screaming go power right there.  A B-1 in full afterburner is the loudest aircraft I have ever heard.

 

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Victory and the Holy Rosary October 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Liturgical Year, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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We must never forget that in other dark times, when all appeared lost, when the fate of millions of souls hung in the balance, Our Lady has always been our Protectress, if we will only appeal to Her:

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Pray the Rosary daily and devoutly!  It is only by prayer that both we and the Church can be sustained in piety and virtue.

And beg Our Lady to intercede for the continued sanctity and integrity of our great Faith, the only means of salvation for all of us.

So based on so many of Our Lady’s apparitions and interventions, how can we assess Her approach to ecumenism/interreligious dialogue?  Ever read the biography or history of Saint Fernando III of Spain?  That noble Saint believed fervently that it was Our Lady who powered his unprecedented victories against the Mohammadans occupying Spain.  How should the faithful understand the ecumenism and endless dialogue of the past 50 years when it so appears to be acting in contradiction to what can certainly be seen as the plainly expressed will of the Blessed Mother?

Food for thought. By the way, Crusader Cat hasn’t made an appearance in a long time.  HE’S BACK!

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Jihad comes to Oklahoma September 29, 2014

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Is there any coincidence, that mere days after a satanic black mass was held in Oklahoma City, a woman – a complete stranger – was beheaded in yet another case of “sudden jihad syndrome” in nearby Moore?  I think we would be wise not to discount the possible connection:

Police are charging a man accused of beheading a woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla.

The Moore Police Department says charges filed against Alton Alexander Nolen will include first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Law enforcement will officially file the paperwork in the District Attorney’s office Monday.

Alton Nolen is also accused of stabbing another woman before being shot himself by an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy, Mark Vaughan, who is also the company CEO.

Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, allegedly attacked a woman Thursday at a Vaughan Foods processing plant, soon after he learned he’d lost his job there.

Police said he walked into the front office and attacked one of the first people he encountered, Colleen Hufford, 54.

He severed her head with a knife and then attacked 43-year-old Traci Johnson.

Johnson has been released from the hospital after being treated for numerous wounds.

Nolen, 30, was interviewed by investigators on Friday. Police have not revealed what he said.

The FBI said there are no indications linking Thursday’s attack to terrorism……… [Of course not!  Beheading random people is just your normal, everyday murder!  There isn't a prominent muslim group in the world trying to terrorize a vast region into submission using beheadings and similar terror tactics, including against children!]

……..The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after converting to the religion himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

No, it’s not. The FBI is involved to try to hush-up and intimidate all involved to drop any notion that this man’s religious belief had anything to do with the crime. Even though his Facebook was pasted with tributes to jihadis, he had very vocally converted to islam in prison, and he had been proselytizing his co-workers for some time, and to such a degree that he had to be fired.  But nothing to see here, move along!

I tell you, our government has rapidly devolved into a situation where coverups and constant lies are the standard operating procedure, all at the service of the agenda of the entrenched elites. By that, I do not just mean the present administration, but most of the bureaucracy from the local to the federal level, which seems to have gone whole hog over the past 10-15 years into being little more than taxpayer-funded agents of leftism.

This is a joke.

Regarding the mosque where Nolen was apparently radicalized, or further radicalized, no, nothing to see here:, yet again

went to the same mosque the Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded his co-worker today. I live ten minutes away!

The Imam was Imad Enchassi the last I heard. He was a friend of mine. He is a Lebanese-born Sunni who hates Israel. He once gave a sermon that the Israelis were trying to collapse al-Aqsa mosque by digging tunnels underneath it. They have no issue with Palestinian suicide bombings because, as it was explained to me, that is the only weapon the Palestinians have.

They sold Milestones in the book shop while I was there, which as you know calls for replacing all non-Islamic governments with Islamic ones. I remember listening to a tape a friend of mine, Yahya Graff, another white convert to Islam, had that prayed for the destruction of Israel and America.

The imam when I first converted, Suhaib Webb, is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United States but he was the one that explicitly told me that according to Islam, three choices are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live under Islamic rule, or jihad.

I’m sure that’s just your average run of the mill radicalism for Saudi- and Emirate-funded mosques.  So how common is this?

Perhaps becoming more so:

In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off.

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million…….

……..Muriithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported………

……She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before…….

…….The FBI said Friday about the tragedy in Moore that there is no current indication of any additional threat to residents of Oklahoma related to that incident. [Well, that statement could be true, if you steadfastly refuse to recognize reality.  Once again, it's all about perception and perceived threats to the leftist agenda, so nothing to see here. The more these events are so obviously related to the false religion of islam, the more the relation has to be denied.]

 Our government has become an utter joke. There are banana republics looking down on us now.  I guess this is what comes from having a muslim president.

Everything is upside down.  Having babies is bad (global warming), but sodomy good.  Humility means ostentatious displays of false simplicity.  Marriage is for sodomites, while heterosexuals don’t even bother anymore.  Thus, the world, absent the saving balm of Jesus Christ and His Church.  It is Kafka-esque madness.

On the upside, martyrdom atones enormously for sin, so we’ve got that going for us.

Over half of Canadian religious over 80! September 29, 2014

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Reader GM sent me this link, a general waste-of-time product of a bishop’s conference, in this case, Canadian, but with one not so golden nugget:

In the afternoon, the Most Reverend John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Nelson, B.C., led a panel discussion on the challenges facing consecrated life today. Father George Smith, C.S.B., General Superior of the Basilian Fathers and Vice President of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC), was invited to present an overview of the current situation of religious life in Canada. In 2013, there were over 17,000 religious men and women in Canada. Fifty percent were over 80 years old and only one percent under 40.

I guess there are not so many young and faithful religious orders in Canada as in the US?  Then again, the Conference of Canadia has always been several steps ahead of even the USCCB in dogmatic, lockstep leftism.  So, it is little surprise they have tolerated few relatively orthodox religious orders.

In a mostly unrelated note, I was at a conference taught by a local traditional priest wherein he remarked that Seder meals, Jewish meals that precede Passover, have been co-opted by a good number of Novus Ordo Catholics. The priest stressed his opinion that this aping of Jewish practice is due both to the starvation so many Catholics feel for things liturgical and significant, being accustomed to a thin diet of watered down post-conciliar gruel, and to a tendency to return to the old temptation of Judaizing.

The Judaizers were those early Catholics, all converts from Judaism, who thought the New Covenant demanded all the old sacrifices of the Old Covenant, especially male circumcision. Also demanded were Jewish dietary restrictions and some other things of various levels of import. Since most converts at this time were adults, circumcision was both very painful and very dangerous.  The dietary restrictions were annoying to some, difficult to others.  The Judaizers fomented the first crisis in the Church, necessitating the First Ecumenical Council at Jerusalem, probably around AD 65 or so.  This is the famous encounter when Saint Paul, not the Pope and not even a bishop, challenged and corrected the first Pope, Saint Peter, to his face, over Peter’s duplicity in sometimes supporting the Judaizers, and sometimes not (yes, I know the specific issue was about eating with them, but there were much larger implications).  It was also against the Judaizers that Saint Paul wrote the Letter to the Galatians, warning them to reject “the Law,” meaning the Old Mosaic Law, and to expect salvation only through Grace (and, by necessity, works done in cooperation with Grace).  This statement has of course been twisted by protestants to their own destruction, to mean not what Saint Paul said (don’t listen to the Judaizers dragging you back to the Old Covenant), but some made-up notion that works (of the law!) mean nothing, and only Grace avails.  That one bit of Scripture, taken radically out of context and standing in total isolation, as usual, forms the essential basis of almost all of evangelical protestantism in the US and now, around the world.  And it could not be more wrong.  But I digress……..

Is it not interesting how the errors come around, though?  Saint Paul writes a letter against one heresy, which is then taken up, nearly 2000 years later, by others, to justify their new heresy!  Too bad Saint Paul could not live to be 3000 years old, but that would not be fair to him, and there would still be some heretic in the year 3001 who would take his words and twist them to his own destruction.

That is why we need our glorious mother, the Church, to provide understanding on the meaning of many difficult passages of Sacred Scripture. But always remember, contra protestants, our Church is older than Scripture, and holds the divine means to decipher, and proclaim, the Truth Christ has revealed.

If only our leaders would do so in good conscience.  But I am a sinner, and not fit to judge.

Meh, sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Great scot! Saint Peter’s in Rome renamed “Tiber Creek Community Church” September 25, 2014

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Always seeking to be more ecumenical, and more “open” and “inclusive” towards worldly types, Pope Francis has ordered the unspeakably beautiful and symbolic Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome to be renamed Tiber Creek Community Church:

Pope Francis has changed the name of St. Peter’s Basilica to “Tiber Creek Community Church,” Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this morning.

“The greatest church of Christendom, built on the holy grave of the martyr-prince of the Apostles, has been known as ‘St. Peter’s Basilica’ for 1700 years,” Fr. Lombardi explained. “It was long 306_Bergoglio01overdue for a rebranding.”

He continued that this was just the next step in Pope Francis’ greater program of trying to make the church more relatable to the average person.  [I think the word is "relevant."  The Holy Father has shown he thinks highly of megachurches]

“How many Catholics today even know who St. Peter is?” Fr. Lombardi asked reporters, eliciting murmurs of agreement. “And besides, referencing St. Peter is a dead giveaway that we’re Catholic.”  [Can't have that!] Fr. Lombardi said that naming the church after it’s geographic location without any denominational identifiers was more in line with how modern people felt about religion.  [Which is to say, about the same way they feel about their favorite store.  Or mall.  A great place to visit, but you don't want to get too caught up in what goes on there.]

Fr. Lombardi also announced that projectors and screens would be installed throughout the basilica in the coming week, that a “totally rocking” worship band was being formed……..[I love those completely meaningless megachurch names like Woodcreek, Lakepointe, and Watermark.  I think Tiber Creek too specific, they should just say "Rock Creek."  Or is that too evocative of Christ?]

……….“The Trinity, the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, these are all interesting — to dead theologians,” Fr. Lombardi said dismissively.  [Folks I think you and I would be utterly shocked if we knew how many high figures in the Church felt exactly that way.  For them, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, the Miracles, all are meaningless; the only things that matter are inclusiveness, social justice, ecumenism - the whole left wing project.  That's their faith.] “But how does that apply to my everyday life? How will that help me advance in my career? That’s what Pope Francis is going to be focusing on.” [Uh huh.]

It’s on the internet, it has to be true!  See, there’s a sign and everything!

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How about bingo?  Shouldn’t they get that rolling, too?

The sad part is, many people could easily believe in this really happening.  Who could have possibly believed that 18 months ago?

 

Prayer requests September 25, 2014

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Via Facebook (my wife’s, I am still off), please pray for a Belgian priest Fr. Anselm. He is a Norbertine priest with a strong attraction to the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith.  His superiors in his order do not like that attraction, no not one bit.  He has been told to either get on board with the “ways of the abbey,” and stop “genuflecting and bowing too often, stop praying so much,” or to go elsewhere.  As I said, he loves the TLM and would like to offer it full time.  Many speak very highly of this priest (I do not know him).  He is very unhappy in his current situation.  Please pray for him!

A reminder to please continue helping the Iraqi Catholics.  The best way is helpiraq.org.   A better exhortation than I could give:

Most of all, these suffering souls, and their tormentors, need prayers.  Anyone can do that, even if you are not in a position to help, financially.

Finally, pray for a changing of hearts among the leadership of this Diocese of Dallas.  I heard a most disheartening thing a couple weeks ago that I pray is wrong, but considering the source, almost certainly isn’t.  I can’t really be very specific, other than to say it touches on something very, very near and dear to our traditional Catholic hearts  It was not good news.  Please no speculation, it was not a threat to anything existing, just a realization that what we have will probably be all we’ll ever have for a very, very long time.  Capiche?

 

satanic black mass held, thousands protest and Process September 22, 2014

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WARNING, some images and sounds of satanic activity are visible in the first video.  I strongly recommend turning sound off and averting eyes during the evil parts.

This country was founded on several gross errors, some of the gravest being the false idea of “religious freedom,” which in practice means official agnosticism if not atheism, and the idea that even the most perverse, disgusting acts somehow qualify as protected “speech” (OK, the last bit was not explicit at the founding, but has come to be held as a sacred shibboleth by the purveyors of leftism).  Historically, in Christendom, blasphemy was a very grave civil offense.  But that was long ago, and governments now, in a sense, endorse not only blasphemy but even offenses to God as infinite as the mocking of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection as re-presented in every Mass.

The black mass was held. I have not really tried to find out the details, but they claim no consecrated Host was used.  It seems there were also several other elements apparently missing from this “black mass” presentation.  But there was still immense ugliness, perversion, effrontery, and the gravest of offenses against the God whole so loves and created them.  Also on display were some very, very, very lost souls, souls who have such empty lives they are willing to commit even an act of ultimate evil in order to attract a bit of attention to barren existence. And that refers not only to those who committed this montrosity, but also those who, either through some desire to bask in the reflected darkness or out of some morbid sense of curiosity, witnessed this nightmare.

Two videos below on the atrocity, and the reaction.  The first covers bits of both, and, I have to say, gives a fair amount of coverage to the insane rantings of the satanists at the black mass itself.  I would really advise watching with the sound down, or only turning it on for those parts that are licit and not steeped in evil. Avert your eyes from the evil.  It may be best not to watch at all. For those who do want to see the reaction from thousands of faithful Catholics, see below. Thanks to reader MS for the link:

This video has more on the reaction with less objectionable content:

There was a large Procession, there were a couple thousand people, at least, protesting (though I saw one site that said 16,000), there was a lot of good witness, but, still, it happened.  It was not stopped.  That’s where we’re at.  That’s how weak we are.  Sorry, I don’t see any other way around it.  At least a couple of souls went beyond the bounds of what our government overlords saw as acceptable behavior and were arrested for trying to save the souls of those involved in this calamity.  Maybe I’m not supposed to say this, but good for them.  What is 1000 had rushed the doors?

But we Catholics have been conditioned to be nice, sheep-like Americans for 150 years, at least.  Don’t rock the boat!  Don’t offend the protestant majority!  Don’t make waves!  Infiltrate, don’t chastise!  Protestants are our brothers!  We shouldn’t judge “gays.”  Marriage is between a man and a woman, but “civil unions” might be OK!  Abortion is bad, but never mention the cause of the vast majority of them, contraception!  No one really goes to hell!  Muslims are our brothers!  We all believe in the same “god!” And on and on, until we got to where we got today?

So, how long before it becomes “protected speech” to bust open tabernacles and let horses drop their dung on Our Lord, as happened in the Cristiada?  And will the vast majority of our leaders hide their heads then, too?

If readers judge it advisable, I may delete the first video.

Readings from Requiem Masses explode protestant myths September 19, 2014

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One of the things I find most edifying about belonging to a traditional parish is the vastly increased focus on our last end: death, judgment, Heaven, and hell.  This focus takes many forms, but one of the most efficacious, to me, is the regular offering of Requiem Masses.  Contrary to critics of the Traditional Mass, this is not because TLM devotees are all incredibly old and dying in great droves.  No, it is because Requiem Masses are offered not just once the souls of the departed, but frequently on anniversaries of deaths.  I would say that I assist, on average, at at least one Requiem Mass every two weeks.  Thus, I have a frequent reminder that one day such a Mass will be offered for the repose of my soul, and I am reminded of how vital it is to pray for the souls of the departed.

I have been struck in recent months at some of the readings used in the Requiem Mass.  Obviously selected over the centuries through long use and saintly influence upon the Mass, these readings are not only edifying for those who assist at the Mass, they are also powerful reminders of the errors espoused by so many who take the name Christian.

From the readings for the Daily Mass for the Departed, some salutary lessons in the differences between our Catholic Faith and that of those who persist in the gravest of errors.  First, the Epistle, The Apocalype of Saint John, XIV:13:

In those days: I heard a voice from Heaven, saying to me: Write: Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord.  From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their works follow them.

“Their works follow them,” a direct refutation from Sacred Scripture of the protestant idea that works avail nothing, that “faith” alone suffices.  But, even more substantially, who are the blessed who die in the Lord?  The Gospel from the same Mass, Saint John VI:51-55, tells us:

At that time: Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: I am the living Bread which came down from Heaven. If any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My Flesh for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you.  He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood, hath everlasting life; and I will raise him up in the last day.

All well formed Catholics know that this famous discourse, the Bread of Life discourse from John VI, is the strongest, most obvious support – I would not say it is even a support, it is a command! – from Scripture for the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.  And those who do not eat that Bread worthily shall not have life in them.  Those who do so unworthily shall be “guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord,” according to Saint Paul.  There is not a single protestant sect that professes to believe in the Real Presence, and even if they did, they would not have validly ordained priests to confect the Blessed Sacrament.  Thus, an extremely strong support for the traditional claim of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and a clear warning to all those who reject formal membership in the Church Christ founded.

There is another very moving passage used in the Epistle for the Mass on the Anniversary of the Death or Burial, from 2 Machabees XII:43-46:

In those days: The most valiant man Judas, making a gathering, sent twelve thousand drachmas of silver to Jerusalem to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection (for if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead): and because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.

Now, protestants, starting with Luther, reject all of Machabees, and several other volumes of the Old Testament, as supposedly “apocryphal.” Of course, Luther also wanted to exclude the Catholic Epistle of Saint James since it said some very inconvenient things, but was told there were no grounds to do so.  The grounds for the exclusion of the Old Testament books inconvenient to protestantism were similarly flimsy.  It was truly the height of effrontery for men to come along, 1200 years after great Saints and Fathers had settled the Canon of Scripture, to tell them they got it wrong.  And all to support the pretensions of those who rejected the constant belief and practice of not only the Catholic Church, but all the sadly heretical schismatic and heretical groups who had fallen along the way, the Eastern Orthodox and the Monophysites and the Nestorians.

This excerpt from Machabees is one of the strongest supports for the Catholic belief in Purgatory, a place after death distinct, in a sense, from Heaven and hell (although Purgatory is formally part of hell). Of course, Catholics should not fall into the protestant game of looking solely to Scripture to support our beliefs – the Church existed before Scripture was written, She has practiced the same Faith constantly since Her inception, and thus must look to Her own past, to the earliest days of the Church to see what the Church believed and did, then.  And all the evidence is clear that prayers for the dead have been a part of the Catholic religion since its inception.  It is truly a “holy and wholesome thought” to pray for the dead, which many protestants do, anyway, even if their various sects officially disbelieve such “nonsense.”

Have a blessed weekend!

Father Carota on the attraction of islam for even faithful Catholics September 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, paganism, priests, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, true leadership.
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Some good points below. When one’s Church and culture are a mess, sometimes the grass seems greener on the other side.  Western nations have sunk into an historic abyss of immorality.  Many people are dismayed at what they see around them.  Muslim countries, for all their many problems, errors, and even evils, do seem to be able to enforce some cultural moral standards.

And they seem to have some doctrinal consistency (from the outside) and definitely the fervor of the convicted.  To some people, that’s attractive, as Father notes below:

A young man came up to me Sunday after Holy Mass, very very concerned asking if he could just have a few minutes to speak with me.

He had seen on the news all the atrocities that the muslims are doing to the Catholics and christians in the Middle East.  His first reaction was to enlist in the military to go to battle against them.

But he thought it would be wise to investigate about the muslim people and their religion before he did so.  To his surprise he became very confused.  In spite of his predisposition of anger against them, he began to admire them.  He saw how they pray, how they strongly believe in Allah and have their countries living by Allah’s rules. [Islam, being a perverted form of Christianity, does contain some truth, just enough truth to be attractive to fallen man (as good Father pointed out in this sermon).  And some of "allah's rules" seem to be virtuous and good. But others are absolutely terrible, like polygamy and the general treatment of women as chattel.  There is also a culture of lying and thievery that is tacitly embraced within islam, at least with respect to outsiders.  But if we do evil to our enemies, does that make us any better than them, Our Blessed Lord asked?]

One web site really moved him when it stated that: “if you were to see Jesus walking down the streets, he would be a muslim with robes and a beard”[I'm not sure what a beard has to do with Jesus, and He certainly wouldn't be muslim, but he would be virtuous and calling out sin]

“If you were to run into Mary, she would be a muslim with her head covered and modest clothing”.  This really made an impression on him[THIS is a very interesting point. I think it makes a brilliant question. If Our Blessed Mother were to return to earth today, would she not be dressed rather as muslim women do?  Has She not appeared so in Her many apparitions?  Is that, perhaps, significant?  If the Blessed Mother is the model for all women (and men, in a slightly different sense), if She is the embodiment of perfect womanhood, should Her appearance not be emulated?  Discuss]

After reflection on all that he knew, he was again convinced that Catholicism is greater than Islam.  But he just had to share what he had discovered and how what he had discovered had attracted him and caused him to doubt his faith.  Let us never forget, our founder of the Catholic faith, Jesus Christ, never killed anyone.  He was murdered on the cross.

I am sure there are many other good people, including Catholics, becoming muslims because as he stated: “We, as Catholics, have become very weak and passive”.  [Thousands of post-Christian Europeans have flocked to join ISIS and other islamist groups.  Many of these are descendants of muslim lineage, but some are not.  While there are always a crazy few, I think there is a growing trend among people in Western culture to be profoundly alienated and disaffected from the culture around them and to seek out something that seems more real.  They may write off Catholicism at present precisely because, in the vast majority of what they will find, it is very weak and passive. And they want something strong, committed, and vibrant.  Dialogue, is not very attractive to all but committed leftists and academic types.]

As most of you already know and lament, the feminists (that run and have feminized the Church), and the homosexual cardinals, bishops and priests, (whom Pope Benedict called “The Homosexual Mafia”), [I'm not sure Pope Benedict used that term, but he did lament and fight the reality.] have made the Church passive to evil that is everywhere around us.  And if you or I might criticize what is happening in the Church, we are silently silenced. [Or loudly silenced. Or just ignored.  Or sent to Shafter.  Or we have our TLMs taken away.  Or......]

It is exactly like in the Old Testament, when everything in Israel was crumbling down, the False Prophets kept saying, “everything is just fine”.  And when the True Prophets spoke of doom, they were shunned, beaten, exiled and killed.  The pope, the cardinals, the bishops, the religious, the priests all read all about the True Prophets in their Novus Ordo Liturgy of the Hours, yet it goes in one eye and out the other. [Heh.  Yes, it sure seems to.]

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Do go read the rest.  Especially you, DoTDO. You’ll like it.

I think the broader point is an important one to make: not many people, and very few men, are attracted to a weak kneed, lisping, emasculated, self-doubting church. People want certainty in religion, they want to know the Truth and abide by it – unless they simply use religion as a justification to continue in their sin, which certainly fits many people today.  I’m talking about people who are honest with themselves, have some desire towards virtue, and are seriously looking for something to fill the void in their lives.  Post-conciliar Catholicism simply does not offer that, in the vast majority of locales, which is why most of the Masses are filled with elderly women.  I’m speaking broadly, of course, but in many places, that’s the exact truth.  People clinging to a religion of their childhood which no longer exists in any discernible way, outside a few well hidden, broadly ignored locales.

I think that is one reason why traditional Catholicism has been growing at an impressive rate.  It’s not just the smells and bells, it’s not just the Latin Mass (which is, however, the heart of it all), traditional real Catholicism satisfies that hunger for Truth and certainty that many people are craving – but it is so little known most of those people never find it and fall into weird cults and false religions which may contain some kernel of what they are looking for.  I am struck by how few people I meet even know there is a TLM available in the Dallas Diocese (if they even know what that is), even though quite possibly the largest TLM parish in the world is right here!   One might find that a newsworthy item, but apparently not, from the silence that generally surrounds the place.

But still, souls do find their way there, almost entirely by word of mouth.  As souls finding the world wanting have always found such places.  The difference is that, in the past, great men like Francis Borgia would have numerous witnesses to the Faith that could make them whole, and convert under their influence. Today, such influences are very rare, and so people completely lost, with no sacred hand to guide them, drift into unspeakable evil in their starving hunger to be filled.  That is the great tragedy of our times, when so many in the Church have given up on Her sacred mission because it is too hard, too unpopular, too contrary to false shibboleths they hold more dear.

 

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