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Prayers urgently needed for Father Michael Rodriguez September 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, priests, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with Father Michael Rodríguez for an extensive period of time over the weekend. As usual, the conversation covered a broad range of topics and was truly edifying. I will not go into any details in this post, but did want to give readers some updates on this faithful priest who is enduring his share of trials:

  • Father Rodríguez no longer serves in Presidio. His bishop has assigned him as parish administrator for Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, TX. He offers the Mass only according to the 1962 Missal and conducts his entire apostolate in line with the traditional practice and teaching of the Church.
  • Father Rodríguez’s position in the Diocese of El Paso is not without difficulties, especially on account of his commitment to exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. That is why I repeat my request for prayers.
  • Father Rodríguez did however suggest one recommendation to readers, and that was to obtain a book by Father Nicholas Gruner called Crucial Truths to Save Your Soul.  I really know nothing of the book aside from Father’s recommendation, but I told him I would faithfully pass the recommendation along. Father feels this book contains very concise, easily readable material that is very important for Catholics to know, particularly at this point in time.  I could not find a place online, even at the Fatima Center website, to order this book.  It is very recent, but this site reveals the book can be obtained by calling this number: 1-800-263-8160.  Faithful to Church teaching, the book stresses that the Deposit of Faith (Truth!) revealed by Christ through His Church cannot be changed, and certainly not contradicted, not even by any member of the Church, no matter their position or influence.
  • Father Rodríguez is very appreciate of all those who have been praying for him and all who support and pray for priests who are promoting the Traditional Latin Mass and working to restore the Catholic Faith, irrespective of particular group affiliations. He encourages all Catholics to familiarize themselves more with the Traditional Latin Mass and exhorts traditionally minded Catholics to defend the truth while practicing charity and fostering unity. He asks that you continue to pray for these intentions, especially the Holy Rosary as revealed to St. Dominic and requested by Our Lady at Fatima.

All in all, Father’s spirits, as always, remain high and he is full of love for Our Blessed Lord and Our Lady and a great charity for souls.  I know I have asked prayers for Father Rodríguez in the past, as he has been persecuted for his steadfast defense of the Faith.  But I must ask again, and with special emphasis this time, because Father Rodríguez continues to face numerous trials and his situation is not ideal.  There is a lot being left unsaid, but if you could, in your charity, make Father Rodríguez and his needs and intentions a regular intention of yours, it would be most helpful.  I have prayed regularly for Father Rodríguez for years now, but having said that, I can say that at this time and in the coming months there will be a particularly urgent need for continued prayer on his behalf.

You can also support the effort to recover and restore the Traditional Catholic Faith by giving to the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas, a non-profit corporation active in West Texas and beyond. Although it is founded and run entirely by faithful Catholic laity, they share similar goals to Fr. Rodríguez and he is supportive of their efforts.

God bless you and thank you for your continued generosity and works of true mercy.

A photo of Father offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the beautiful chapel in Shafter:

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The Saints against islam and Cardinal McCarrick’s egregious errors September 15, 2014

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There is so much confusion in the Church today regarding islam.  Many – heck, almost all – leaders in the Church seem to be almost eagerly dhimmi in their attitudes towards religion.  Atrocities committed by mohammadans are routinely explained away as aberrations, while the mythical “moderate islam” is praised to the skies.  We had a particularly disgusting instance of that recently, when retired Cardinal McCarrick, whose predatory behavior towards young males is well substantiated, gave this sad example at an interreligious confab with some muslims in DC:

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.

In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. [Which routinely apologizes for islamic violence]  That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” [Which a muslim would never, ever allow to pass his lips.  But they have faith, even if it is blasphemous and false]

McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.” [Especially the part about putting infidels to the sword.  What the Koran actually preaches is that muslim men have dignity, everyone else, including muslim women, not so much.  But none is so blind as a fervent adherent to the religion of sexular paganism]

McCarrick was 71 when 19 Muslims brought Islam to the public eye by murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11. He is one of the 213 Cardinals of the Catholic church, but is too old to vote in church debates. [Good grief.  Move on]

“Either the cardinal has studied the whole thing and does not know what he’s talking about, or he is making a somewhat misleading statement,” said Michael Meunier, head of the U.S. Copts Association. “The practice of the Muslim majority people that adhere to the Koran… have proven that [claim of equivalence] is not correct,” he told The Daily Caller during a Sept. 11 trip to Jordan. [To draw even a remote equivalence is offensive not just to the virtue of faith but also to plain reason. Even Church-hating atheists note this.]

“Has Cardinal McCarrick converted to Islam?” asked a scornful critic, Robert Spencer, the best-selling author of many books on Islam.

“‘Peace be upon him’ is a phrase Muslims utter after they say the name of [their reputed] prophet… [so] probably he is unaware of the unintended Islamic confession of faith he has just made,”said Spencer……[I would not make that assumption. He may be quite aware.  The point is, he doesn't care, the false idol of "dialogue" trumps all]

Now, what have some great Saints said, as a form of rebuttal to the above, regarding islam?

Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian faith is lost, like your false prophet Muhammad.”
-St. Peter Mavimenus (d. 8th century), martyr from Gaza. Response reported in the Martyriologum Romanum when he was asked to convert to Islam by a group of Muslims.

“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist…. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.” [Saint John Damascene, who fought against the islamic-inspired iconoclast heresy, understands the etymology of islamic belief well.  Islam is a completely man-made religion founded by a man lost to lust and incorporating perverse beliefs from apostate (Arian) Christian and Jewish sects, prevalent in Arabia in the 7th century]
-St. John Damascene (d. 749), Syrian Arab Catholic monk and scholar. Quoted from his book On Heresies under the section On the Heresy of the Ishmaelites (in The Fathers of the Church. Vol. 37. Translated by the Catholic University of America. CUA Press. 1958. Pages 153-160.)

We profess Christ to be truly God and your prophet to be a precursor of the Antichrist and other profane doctrine.”
-Sts. Habenitus, Jeremiah, Peter, Sabinian, Walabonsus, and Wistremundus (d. 851), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain. Reported in the Memoriale Sanctorum in response to Spanish Umayyad Caliph ‘Abd Ar-Rahman II’s ministers that they convert to Islam on pain of death.

“On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, the point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.
-St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), Theologian and Doctor of the Church. Quoted from his De Rationibus Fidei Contra Saracenos, Graecos, et Armenos and translated from Fr. Damian Fehlner’s Aquinas on Reasons for the Faith: Against the Muslims, Greeks, and Armenians (Franciscans of the Immaculate. 2002.)”

As we have seen, Muhammed had neither supernatural miracles nor natural motives of reason to persuade those of his sect. As he lacked in everything, he took to bestial and barbaric means, which is the force of arms. Thus he introduced and promulgated his message with robberies, murders, and bloodshedding, destroying those who did not want to receive it, and with the same means his ministers conserve this today, until God placates his anger and destroys this pestilence from the earth.[…]

(Muhammad) can also be figured for the dragon in the same Apocalypse which says that the dragon swept up a third of the stars and hurled down a third to earth. Although this line is more appropriately understood concerning the Antichrist, Mohammed was his precursor – the prophet of Satan, father of the sons of haughtiness.[…]

Even if all the things contained in his law were fables in philosophy and errors in theology, even for those who do not possess the light of reason, the very manners (Islam) teaches are from a school of vicious bestialities. (Muhammad) did not prove his new sect with any motive, having neither supernatural miracles nor natural reasons, but solely the force of arms, violence, fictions, lies, and carnal license. It remains an impious, blasphemous, vicious cult, an innvention of the devil, and the direct way into the fires of hell. It does not even merit the name of being called a religion.” [Saint Juan de Ribera would not be popular in today's Church!  But, while his language may be harsh, there is none of it that is false.  Islam alone among major religions has been spread almost totally by the sword.]

-St. Juan de Ribera (d.1611), Archbishop of Valencia, missionary to Spanish Muslims, and organizer of the Muslim expulsions of 1609 from Spain. Quoted in several locations from his 1599 Catechismo para la Instruccion de los Nuevos Convertidos de los Moros (my translation).

“The Mahometan paradise, however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787). Quoted from his book, The History of Heresies and their Refutation.

FSSP Seminarian update September 15, 2014

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Reader MFG sent me an update on the FSSP seminarian in need of financial support I blogged about a couple of weeks back.  Thanks to your generosity and that of many others, the seminarian has reached his goal and has both his debt from last year and expenses for this year fully covered:

I just wanted to thank you all again for all the support you have given Mike and his family. I think it is safe to say, that we are all shocked by all of this, and we are extremely grateful. Our goal for the $13,000 has been reached. The grace of God is just awesome!! Please remember Mike in your prayers, and remember there are other seminarians, as well, who need financial help too.

It is so encouraging to see people showing such generosity for strangers and having such concern for the future of the Church.  Thank you to all who were so generous in your support.  May God bless you!  And may God continue to bless His Church with such worthy young candidates for the priesthood.

First TLM in Brownsville Cathedral in decades scheduled for Oct 7 September 11, 2014

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The glorious Feast of Our Lady of Victory, now known as Our Lady of the Rosary.  Either way, this was the Feast commemorating the inspired Catholic victory over the marauding Saracen navy at Lepanto.  What a great date to commemorate by returning to the use of the Traditional Latin Mass!

My South Texas correspondent informs me that the cathedral rector, who has been offering TLMs twice weekly at another downtown parish, Sacred Heart, while the cathedral underwent renovations (and not wreckovations!), intends to offer what is the first Traditional Latin Mass the cathedral has seen in probably 40 years or more on Tuesday, October 7.  A further intent is to offer TLMs on every major Marian Feast.

Please pray that souls will avail themselves of this Mass!  The TLM available at Sacred Heart parish is generally somewhat sparsely attended, although  a recent High Mass on the Feast of the Assumption attracted a good crowd, apparently. Deo Gratias!

I could not find any interior shots of the cathedral post-renovation, but I am told that a proper high altar has been restored.  I am uncertain regarding altar rails – those appeared to have been removed from the 150+ year old cathedral sometime back.  Here is an exterior shot:

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Having a priest who desires to offer the Traditional Mass makes all the difference in the world.  Without one, getting the TLM offered is exceedingly difficult.

What a great day this will be!  Another diocese having the TLM regularly in its cathedral.  God be praised!  And thank Bishop Daniel Flores for his openness to Summorum Pontificum and the great and holy Mass!

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Rebuttals/Clarifications on the canonical standing of various MICM/Immaculate Heart of Mary groups September 11, 2014

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A couple of days ago I put up a post noting a beautiful occurrence in the Church, the entry into the novitiate of a young woman in the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (MICM) in Still River, Massachusetts. As part of that post, I mentioned again that I did not understand why there still seems to be some lingering suspicion towards this group in particular, which is completely regular in every respect.  This statement led to some discussion in the comments about other Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary/MICM groups, and their canonical status.  I was frankly a bit ignorant, or had fallen for some of the prevalent rumors, in stating that I didn’t think the other groups were fully regular, or that I at least thought there was some question on their status.

Well, Brother Andre Marie of catholicism.org and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Richmond, New Hampshire dropped by to provide some clarification on the matter of the canonical status of these different branches of the Slaves, all originally descended from the Saint Benedict Center/Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary centered around Father Leonard Feeney.  Here is what he had to say:

Canonically, the group that you speak of here has the same exact status as the group in New Hampshire (of which I am the Prior). Both are essentially private associations of the faithful.

The other group in Still River is Saint Ann’s House — http://sistersofstbenedictcenter.org/ — a house of Sisters only (affiliated with male house of MICM — the Benedictines next-door are no longer MICMs.). The Sisters of Saint Ann’s House actually have a higher canonical status than any of the other MICM houses, as they are an episcopally approved private association of the faithful. (In Canon Law, there is a distinction between a de facto private association of the faithful and one that has episcopal approval.)

The New Hampshire Slaves (also called the Saint Benedict Center) discuss their canonical status at some length here.

I am certainly not a canon lawyer, nor an expert in these matters, but I wanted to make clear all of these groups both claim to be and appear to be recognized as having regular canonical status in the Church, and are not under any episcopal/ecclesiastical approbation.  There is a great deal of confusion around the internet regarding the status of these groups, with many folks retaining the impression that because Father Feeney was once in a problematic position several decades ago, any or all of the groups associated with him in the past or “descended” from those associated with him must still be so today.  The evidence indicates that Father Feeney died reconciled to the Church and that the groups listed above have regular recognition/interaction with their local dioceses as private associations of the faithful.  I know the Saint Benedict Center in Still River and in Richmond both have priests in residence offering valid Masses and with valid faculties for Confession.  I believe, but have not confirmed that the Saint Ann’ House group does, as well.

Hopefully this helps clear things up. Sorry for perpetuating any confusion.

 

Be grateful in all things! – UPDATED! September 10, 2014

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Father Peter Carota has a post reminding faithful Catholics to have great gratitude for all the manifold gifts – including, even, sufferings and difficulties, which may be a source of our salvation, or help us arrive in Heaven much more quickly – that Our Blessed Lord gives us.  Some very good points below, which I briefly expand:

St. Bernard said; “Ingratitude is an enemy of the soul, which destroys merits, corrupts virtues and impedes graces.  A heavy wind that dries up the fountain of goodness, dew of mercy and the stream of the graces of God.”  [In spite of the many troubles and concerns we all have, we must remember to be eternally thankful to God for the faith he has given us and the Church which sustains us, warts and all.  For those of us who have the immense added blessing of a parish and priests we love and are greatly edified by, we have all the more reason to be thankful!]

St. John Chrysostom said; “The best way to keep God giving us things, is to remember them and being thankful for them.  God daily overloads us with innumerable benefits, asks nothing for them, but to thank Him for them.” [I must remember to thank God for everything I receive, every day]

St. Augustine said: “Nothing is more pleasing to God than to say “Thanks be to God”.” [And it's so simple!]

Why not take some time to write down all the good things God has done for you, given you and has promised to give you in the future.  Call it a “gratitude journal” where you keep track of all the great things God has miraculously done for you or helped you avoid.

One terrible sin today is the lack of gratitude by Catholics for the gift of children.  After the 1, 2, and maybe 3 children, they see the gift of another child as something evil, bad or problem.  Other than the gifts of forgiveness of our sins, the sacraments and the hope of eternal life with God forever, a child, and all of them that God would be so generous as to give, are the greatest gift from Almighty God. [So true. God bless Father Carota!]

Then I ripped this pic off another post.  Hey, I know that priest!

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One final point – how would you feel if you continually gave all manner of gifts, assistance, and blessings to many different people and they almost never thanked you?  What if they even had an entitlement mentality and complained about your tardiness, or lack of perfection in your gifts, or some other fault with the great works you did for them?

Every night when we pray as a family, we always, each one of us, try to say thanks to God for something He has given us that day.  I love how my adorable seven year old daughter frequently says “I am thankful to be born into a Catholic family.”  She came up with that entirely on her own!

Thank you, Lord, for giving me such wonderful children, and help me to remember how wonderful they are even when they aren’t!

UPDATE: So here I am reading Divine Intimacy for today just now, and what do I find, but the subject for today is gratitude!  Providence!

But Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen notes that lack of gratitude is almost rooted in lack of humility, or pride.  Something to consider if we find that we rarely give thanks to God.

We must stop thinking we are the author of the good things we do, instead of God!

All evil we do comes from ourselves, and all good from God September 10, 2014

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I always need to strengthen my practice of the virtue of humility. It’s a very difficult one for me.  And I think blogging is just about diametrically opposed to its practice!  But every once in a while, I little bit of wisdom on that virtue penetrates my foot-thick armor of pride and manages to make a little impression.  I pray.  From Fr. Cajetan Bergano’s excellent Humility of Heart, a couple of brief discourses on humility:

Saint Thomas founds this doctrine, that all the evil that is in man and is done by man comes from man, and that all the good that is in man and is done by man comes from God; and for four reasons he says that we may unhesitatingly affirm that everyone is better than we are:

The first reason is to consider in our hearts what really belongs to us, namely, malice and wickedness, and to consider what our neighbor possesses that is of God, namely, his innumerable benefits.  The second is to consider some particular good quality which that person may have and which we have not.  The third is to recognize some fault in ourselves that other person has not.  The fourth is to possess a wise fear that there may be some secret pride within us which corrupts our holiest actions and that we may be mistaken in the opinion we have of ourselves, imagining ourselves to be virtuous when we are not.  [Hmmm....there should be a picture of me inserted next to that statement]

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The humble man, when he hears that people are speaking ill of him, is not disturbed, but quietly learns to amend his ways, even though he may not have committed the faults of which he mas been accused.  He does not lament as if he were persecuted; he does not say that those who speak thus of him are malignant and jealous rivals; but he believes that they know him better than he knows himself.  Do you do this?

The humble man, when he is reproved, receives the correction in good part and thanks him who has had the kindness and goodness to give it.  He does not judge or speak evil of anyone, because he believes that everyone is better than he is, and because he knows he is capable of doing worse things still. [None of this is easy.  And, being an addict, I have long had a saying....there are always worse alternatives.  This is a common saying in NA.  You can always stoop to some new low.] He lives in peace with all and respects all and, without expecting to be honored himself, he is the first to honor others, as the holy Apostles Peter and Paul commanded: “Have peace with all men.” (Rom XII:18).

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Not only have I read the above recently, but also some really strong exhortations, along almost exactly the same lines, in Divine Intimacy.  Perhaps Our Lord is trying to tell me something!

Certainly, I need to vastly improve my practice of humility.  It is the way of great Saints.  But there have also been great Saints who were not so humble. I’m also reading the letters of Saint Jerome, and he was a feisty guy with a really sharp sense of humor.  He was a stinker, in some ways.  But he was also an amazingly holy man who did tremendous work.

But in spite of the countervailing examples, we should remember that Our Blessed Lord came to teach us one primary thing, “to be meek and humble of heart.”  This is sooo contrary to our fallen natures, we are just eat up with pride!

And……AND…….I have found that praying for things like humility and patience can be very dangerous things to pray for.  Pray for patience and you might get inundated with things to try your patience. Pray for humility and you might experience some truly great humiliations.  God’s ways are not our ways!  That is so true!

Sorry I don’t have a really pithy wrap up.  I’m done.

Lord have mercy on me a sinner!

 

A really good Catholic book resource for you September 10, 2014

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Being an avid reader of all things Catholic (ok, and an occasional military item as well, like this one), I really enjoy finding solidly orthodox publishers of Catholic books that I can recommend.  There are not many that I have identified – Loreto, Our Lady of Victory, TAN, St. Bonaventure, and a few others.  My wife gave me a wonderful biography of the great Pope Leo XIII (where is his Cause?!?) that has been republished by a group called Refuge of Sinners Publishing, Inc, or www.traditionalcatholicpublishing.com.  This book was originally published in 1887.  That makes me so happy, I love to find either ancient copies of great Catholic books, like the Ascetical Works of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, or reprints of those same old editions.

A good priest told me long ago, with respect to study bibles, it is strongly preferred to use a study bible that is at least 200 years old.  That is because the rot of modernism, rationalism, leftism, and all the rest began entering into biblical studies even in the early 1800s.  Well, my friends, the same applies to virtually all classic works of theology, lives of the Saints, you name it.  So many modern editions of even classic volumes, like the Ascetical Works mentioned above, have either been horribly abridged (removing “offensive” content), had some of the most edifying parts removed, or just generally toned down and made more “compatible” with our wonderful modern sensibilities.  That is why I try to scour pretty deeply into the offerings of various Catholic publishers to ascertain whether they provide the real meat of Catholic spirituality by providing great works unedited, or if they offer the baby milk of modernized, simplified, and often “de-mythologized” versions of the same works.

Well, I have perused the traditionalcatholicpublishing site pretty thoroughly, and I have found that the vast majority of the works they offer are straight up reprints of often quite old Catholic classics.  While not many are more than 200 years old, many date from the 19th or early 20th centuries, well before most problems began to appear in works of Catholic spirituality (the Bible being a special case, efforts to undermine it predate most other areas by a century or more).  One area I particularly appreciate is their selection of great Marian volumes – I try to always be reading a book devoted to the Blessed Mother, but I had just about ran out of items to read!  So I am very eager to get some of these so I can continue to honor and learn about Our Lady – as Fr. Faber says in this very intriguing title, ““We never advance more rapidly in love of the Son than when we travel by the Mother.”  As a protestant I would have found that incredible, wrong, even offensive – but as a Catholic I know it to be so very true and I pity those who do not have the enormous gift of a strong relationship with Our Lady, a relationship only our glorious Church emphasizes properly.

I have really spent too much time looking through all their offerings – they have many other items besides books for sale, but it is the books that move me the most.  They also offer the Saint Andrew Missal, which a local traditional priest recently described as the best missal for the laity available, especially in its extensive discussions of the liturgical year, the importance and meaning of each particular Feast or Holy Day, and its general explanation of the Liturgy.  I could probably drop most of a paycheck right now on all the great things I have found!  But patience is a virtue……..right?!?

I do recommend you check out the sight.  God bless those who have put this wonderful resource together!

In spite of all the problems, it is still the Church full of greatness and glory September 9, 2014

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The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, MA shared a blessed event yesterday in the form of one of their novices making her first profession of vows.  Sister Mary Imelda traded in the white veil of a novice for the black one of a professed sister.

I asked a while back why it seems this order gets disrespect at times from some traditional Catholics, and never really got an answer.  I think it has to do with an assumption that because there was a problem, once, there must still be one.  That’s a really unfair appreciation, to my mind.  In my experience, and from all available evidence, this order (both male and female) is solidly orthodox, committed to Tradition, and doing great work.  They have never offered anything other than the TLM, even in the darkest days of the 70s and 80s.  That’s a testament right there.

Anyways, some photos of the blessed event. I was also so pleased to read that the Slaves received a new novice on Aug 22 of this year.  I pray this order continues to grow, because they do such good work!  Maybe we’ll get to have a camp with them again locally this year, God willing!

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Look at them grow.  God be praised!  There are so few traditional women’s religious orders, each new professed soul represents a tremendous gift to the Church.

I really like this order on several levels.  As much as I greatly appreciate and value cloistered contemplative orders like the Carmelites in Valparaiso and the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, their very cloistered nature puts a limit on their presence in the lives of others.  The Slaves run a school, a camp, and have traveled around the country giving other camps for children.  That is a glorious experience for children to receive, especially in this age when habited religious are so rare many may go their entire childhood without ever meeting a discernible religious.  The Church needs both Martha and Mary, and the Slaves practice much of the lives of both.

God bless Sister Mary Imelda and Sister Gabriel Marie, along with new brother postulant  Michael Duffy.  The Duffy family now has three children among the Slaves.  What. A. Blessing!

Oh, while I’m at it singing the praises of the Slaves and the Saint Benedict Center, I should mention their gift shop, which has a whole lot of very cool Catholic items.  I really like the many bumper stickers and decals for your car I really haven’t seen anywhere else!  You can really Catholic your car up!  My man TE has this one:

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There are a wide variety of other items at the gift shop, from books to crucifixes to artwork and even tapestries, which I remember correctly the nuns make themselves!  There is quite a bit of great stuff, it’s worthwhile checking out.

Perhaps the best way to get concrete aid to suffering Chaldean Catholics right now September 8, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Many local readers will already be aware of this resource, but Chaldean Catholics in the United States are underwriting an aid organization for the Chaldean Catholics in Iraq called helpiraq.org.  From what I am told, and from what the website claims, 100% of your donations go directly to aid an Iraqi Catholic family:

Help Iraq has teamed up with St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of the U.S.A and Adopt a Refugee Family to help Iraqi Christians that are enduring extreme hardships. 100% of your donations through Adopt a Refugee Family goes directly to helping Iraqi Christians.

Donations can be made here.  You can also send checks to:

Chaldean Catholic Church
ATT: Mosul Relief
25603 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033

There is also some pretty good content worth checking out on the website, aside from the donations page.   A lot of it is calling for more intervention, which some folks here may not like, but if it was my brother or aunt getting clobbered over there, I’d be calling for a Normandy Invasion, too.

I’ve been trying to find a very good charity to recommend to help suffering Catholics in the Mideast, and this is the best I’ve found so far.  Aid to the Church in Need and many other organizations squander a great deal of money on overhead and “advocacy,” I think this group here is probably the safest and most effective way to get aid directly to the suffering, if  you feel so called.

Dominus vobiscum!

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