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Corpus Christi Watershed keeps churning out the gold April 23, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

The good folks at Corpus Christi Watershed have turned out a number of remarkable products of late.  Their Sunday Missal for the TLM is beautiful, if a bit heavy.  Rorate noted that shortly before Easter, Corpus Christi Watershed scanned in the entirety of two children’s books for the Mass, one by Msgr. Ronald Knox and one by Fr.Demetrius Manousos.

Since then, Corpus Christi Watershed has also released a full .pdf scan of the Fulton J. Sheen 1961 Missal.  This contains a number of interesting features, including a descriptions of the priest’s dressing, numerous prayers for before and after Mass, and the complete text of prayers and responses for certain feasts all in line with each other, so you don’t have to flip back and forth in the book.  The format of this Missal is not exactly to my taste, but it is very usable and it is wonderful to resurrect, so to speak, these liturgical treasures from the pre-conciliar period.

Finally – and this one may not be to the interest of many readers, but it is significant nonetheless – Corpus Christi Watershed has produced a companion book for their TLM Sunday Missal for the Ordinary Form.  This book is also in Latin and English side by side, and incorporates many more traditional hymns and Gregorian Chant settings for the Novus Ordo Mass.  It also contains similar beautiful artwork as is found in their TLM Missal.

I think this last effort is a noble one, but I do wonder how much demand there will be for such a reverent, traditional Missal in the Novus Ordo setting.  There are actually far fewer Novus Ordo Latin Masses in this country and around the world than there are TLMs.  But there are quite a few people who attend regular Novus Ordo’s who might appreciate a Latin-English Missal as well as the impressive artwork.  So maybe it will catch on, though I tend to agree with Rorate, Dom Mark Kirby, and many others that the Reform of the Reform will only be realized through mass, ahem, re-adoption of the TLM.

It will be interesting to see if this Novus Ordo Missal gets much traction.  That could be revealing, one way or another, since the liturgical winds over the past year seem to be blowing in a very different direction from the period 2005-2013.

Here is a video about this new Missal:

Have you subscribed to the Catholic newspaper? April 22, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

One of my biggest occasional treats is when the great Catholic newspaper put out by the Transalpine Redemptorists shows up in my mail 4 times a year. I just got the Easter edition yesterday, and it is so edifying, so wonderfully traditional, so gloriously Catholic that it just makes my day whenever it comes.

Many readers may already be familiar with this “newspaper,” but those who are not may be asking why I think it’s so great, and whether it’s worth $10 per issue.  The answer to the latter question is easy, it most certainly is, not only for the content, but also because this newspaper provides the prime source of income for this very devout, holy, traditional order.  They are constrained in many of their plans and ability to grow (for they have many vocations) due to financial considerations.

It’s great for too many reasons to list.  Each issue contains beautiful photographs of traditional Catholic piety from around the world, whether it be offering the TLM, a grand procession, a humble soul in prayer, or what have you.  The photos are so uplifting and moving they alone are worth the price of subscription.  But in addition to that, there is a good deal of news, often on subjects not often covered in the main media or even blogs, there is commentary, there are writings on Saints, and there are even some deep theological insights.

But more than anything it is just the profound sense of Tradition, in every sense of the word, that pervades each issue that makes it so special.  Not just Tradition, but also a marked sense of piety and sanctity that pervades each issue. I always come away from reading both edified, and convicted of some deficit in my practice of virtue. Not in a way that makes me feel beat down, but uplifted.

I even like how the paper describes itself in a small box on the back page of every issue:

Catholic is a quarterly newspaper published under the patronage of Our Mother of Perpetual Succor by The Desert Will Flower Press, organ of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer…….

This newspaper claims, so to speak, to be but as the lighthouse of Papa Stronsay which lighthouse is officially described by the Scottish Commissioners of Norther Lighthouses as a “minor light”……Without pretensions this newspaper is simply as a minor lighthouse on a small island in the vast darkness of this world and its oceans.

The light from this island’s vantage signals abroad news of the traditional resurgence in the Church, a renaissance that is evident in the increase of the number of Masses celebrated according to the Roman Missal of 1962; the boost in number of vocations to the traditional forms of religious life and priesthood; the reappearance of large families indicative of the sacrifices made by married couples to live according to the Church’s Magisterium concerning openness to the transmission of life’; and  the other manifestations of the recovery of traditional Catholic life in the Church, the longed-for New Pentecost burgeoning with blossoms of new life ungrafted, shooting skywards directly from the roots of the holy past.

Have I gone over the top in my selling it?  Ah, well……..the zeal of the converted.  Another little bit I like very much is this guidance also on the back cover of every issue:

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Now, some scenes from the Vigil Mass on the holy island of Papa Stronsay, the Orkney home to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer:

Papa Stronsay Easter 2014 (1)

Papa Stronsay Easter 2014 (2)

Papa Stronsay Easter 2014 (5)

Papa Stronsay Easter 2014 (7)

Here is the link to subscribe, again.

Did Christ Suffer, Die, and Resurrect in Vain? April 22, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Continuing with the accidental theme of the day, a good sermon below via Video Sancto.  This one isn’t really about relations with other religions, but whether we, by the conduct of our faith, make Christ’s infinitely valuable Sacrifice vain for us in particular, because of our coldness of heart?

The priest gives many examples of how we might be making Christ’s Sacrifice in vain, in effect, by rejecting what the Church believes.  Mortal sin, of course, cuts us off from supernatural Grace, kills Charity in our souls, and makes us unable to receive the saving fruit of that Sacrifice.

One small note: missing prayers, skipping meditation, foregoing religious reading – sometimes, these things happen because something upsets our day, because some unexpected event comes along.  This is perfectly understandable.  But if we get in the habit of skipping out on daily Mass, or prayers, or whatever, out of laziness or in preference for other more “fun” things to do, that’s an indicator we may be slipping in our interior life.  It’s a warning sign.

But there is a corollary to the above: we should not make such an idol of our prayer time, or reading time, or meditation time, that we behave uncharitably to others, just to insure we have time for our prayers.  If someone, perhaps, needs us to watch their child because they have a doctor’s appointment, or if they need help with some chore because their spouse just died, it could be a mistake to beg off just so we can have our prayer/meditation time.  Or if we have children and family, we should not let this prayer life become so all-consuming that we neglect our duties to others.  This is a trap I’ve seen some fall into, and will admit to having a bit of temptation towards that myself, so in all things, charity first.

Isn’t that priest’s voice wonderfully soothing?  I actually listen to some of these sermons to fall asleep at night!  I don’t mean that in a bad way.  If I turn the volume down so the words aren’t real distinct I just sort of hear a very soothing murmur in the background.  It just conks me out.

Report – Easter TLM in Brownsville April 21, 2014

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Reader La Gallina sent in a photo and a report on the Easter Sunday TLM offered yesterday at the Sacred Heart church in downtown Brownsville.  A few details from this reader:

As you can see, there was a decent turn out. This church normally only has one Mass a week — at 11:30 on Sunday. So this 9:30 Mass had a pretty good crowd. What was interesting was that pretty much every one was brand new to the TLM. I’m sure this was the first traditional Mass for nearly every one.

About half the women wore veils. The congregation was on the youngish side, with a few older folks who seemed to be there out of curiosity. We brought my 75-year-old father who served as an altar boy in his youth. I found it exciting that all these people are discovering the Mass, and I pray and pray that they will become truly devoted to it.

Not only did the churchgoers seem new to the TLM, but most of the people involved were new to it. One altar server, a young man, knew the Mass pretty well, and he whispered instructions to the other alter server, a boy of about 12. The choir practiced for two months, and I’m pretty sure it was their first TLM. I spoke with the organist afterwards. He said they will try to celebrate a Missa Cantata on the big feast days.

The website for Sacred. Heart said that the TLM is celebrated every Thursday, but I also found a little flyer with a schedule of weekday TLMs. It is a sporadic schedule. Some months have 2 Masses, some months have eight. Usually on Thursday, Fri, or Sat. (So I’m not sure which schedule is correct.) The flyer included some information on summorum pontificum, and had a note asking women to please wear a veil. I find it very encouraging that this priest seems to have a dedication to the TLM. His name is Father Michael Amesse, OMI, and he is rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception a few blocks from the Sacred Heart Church. (Sacred Heart is considered a mission of the cathedral.)

The cathedral is undergoing renovations and I asked the organist, “They aren’t going to make any drastic changes to the cathedral, are they?” (The cathedral is a beautiful 150-year-old building.) The organist looked at me with a mischievous gleam. “Actually they are going to make some drastic changes,” he replied. I started to panic. Then he continued, “They are going to restore the high altar so that they can celebrate the Traditional Mass there too!” So there it is. The cathedral’s organist told me that there are plans to celebrate the TLM in the cathedral itself!! [That is such a great blessing.  I long for the day when the Traditional Mass will be offered at our own cathedral in Dallas!  It really seems to come down to having a bishop that is in favor of doing so.  I had been told that Bishop Flores in Brownsville was going to be a good bishop. That seems to be the case.  You can see how other bishops in other dioceses have also made offering the TLM at the cathedral a priority.  Bishop Slattery certainly comes to mind, among others]

It was truly a blessed day, and such an answer to prayer to find a TLM in the Lower Rio Grande! I pray that people in the area will embrace it. Thanks be to God!!



That’s not a bad crowd.  Deo Gratias!  I pray we’ll see the TLM grow and grow and grow, in Brownsville and everywhere else!

As an aside, I’ve noted before, this certainly seems to be a very appropriate parish for the TLM.  And now that rather sad figure who didn’t like their pictures being shared can’t say anything about it!

Thank you very much for the report!



Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! April 21, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Just a quick reminder, if you aren’t already aware, the Regina Caeli replaced the Angelus starting on Easter.  We will keep with the Regina Caeli until Saturday noon before Trinity Sunday.

I pray you had a most blessed Easter.  We certainly did.  I thought I might share some scenes from the Triduum at our local parish.  For the first time at Mater Dei, we assisted at the Vigil Mass.  It was most impressive.  I must say, I am unused to staying up so late, and I was unable to take a nap during the day, so I was sort of dragging during the actual Mass portion.  But aside from that, it was something I was very glad to have been able to participate in, to assist in something so ancient, timeless, and sublime.








I’m glad someone took these and posted them to Facebook, my camera was on the fritz at the Vigil Mass. I do have some items I took on Holy Thursday and Good Friday I hope to upload later.

It was quite a scene seeing the church suddenly light up and the vestments change from somber violet to radiant gold.

REMINDER: All day procession from Dallas to Plano April 18, 2014

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I blogged on Monday about the all-day procession taking place from Dallas to Plano.  The details are at that post if you want to join at the last minute.

But I mentioned how the priest leading that procession is one of those  younger priests that fills one with hope for the future.  While not traditional per se, he has many leanings in that direction.

Well, here he is today as the procession got started just a short while ago, rocking the cassock and biretta:


God bless you Fr. Marco Rangel, this is an inspired idea.  And thanks so much to J Schwartz for his help, as well.

Yes, external signs such as cassock and biretta may not be as critical as what resides in the heart, but they are key  aspects of Catholic witness. I am so gratified to see young priests who understand the need for priests to give that witness constantly, and who are proud to wear the visible signs of their awesome vocation in public.

It is interesting that these two have been assigned to a parish that has long had a reputation as among the most liberal in the Diocese.  I pray they have a hand in changing that.


Like I said, wonderful witness. I have had an on-again, off-again desire to just stand outside these whorehouses with a placard and pray on Friday or Saturday nights. I should have liked to have joined this procession.  We’re so tied up with wonderful things at our parish, but this is wonderful, too.

God bless you guys, this is beautiful.

Why aren’t we Saints? Very little reverence, very little humility April 14, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Why aren’t all of us who have received the stupendous Grace of First Communion, Confirmation, and so many other receptions of the Blessed Sacrament all incredible Saints?  One drop of the Precious Blood was of such infinite worth it is capable of converting and saving the entire universe. So why are there so few saints?

Sin is the answer.  We all know that one unconfessed mortal sin will damn us (yes barring perfect contrition).  But even much smaller sins block the work of God’s Grace in our souls.

The priest in the video below outlines the root causes for the failure of so many of us to be saintly.  The two principle failures are lack of humility (the virtue contrary to the essential sin of pride, the root of all sin), and lack of reverence, which is humility in action in a context of receiving supernatural Grace.

Our Blessed Mother is the holiest Person who ever lived because She was the most humble person who ever lived.

But what is humility?  When someone has the virtue of humility it means he has the habit of performing acts of humility – humility inclines us out of reverence for God to abase ourselves, and to keep ourselves in the place that is due to us.  Pride is the opposite of humility.

What follows is some very deep catechesis from Blessed Dom Marmion, whose writings I hope to start reading soon.

Please say 3 Hail Mary’s for the priest in the video.


It is not enough to be present at Mass…… April 11, 2014

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…..we must make a definite offering of it to God.  Some excerpts from Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem:

It is not enough to be present at Mass in order to share in the fruits of the Mass: we must make a definite offering of It to God in union with the officiating priest. The Mass is a Sacrifice, and it appertains to the nature of a sacrifice that it should be offered to the Deity.  Therefore those persons who fail to do this, either with their lips or in their bbe14e06c0280238d2f86133387f54e0heart, do not derive half [I'm not sure how you quantify it, but hopefully the point is made] of the benefit from the Mass that others do, although they fulfill the precept of the Church, whilst piously reciting other prayers that have nothing of the character of an offering……….

………We read in the life of St. Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi that she was supernaturally taught that the oblation of Christ’s Blood was most efficacious in turning away the divine anger, provoked by the transgressions of mankind. In fact, God complained to her of the little done by man to appease His wrath, and exhorted her to do her utmost with this aim. She therefore was accustomed many times – no less than fifty times a day – to offer the Sacred Blood of Christ for the living and the dead. And repeatedly it was granted her to see souls whom she had been instrumental in converting, or of releasing from Purgatory, by this oblation of the Precious Blood.

m_massShe used to also say that it was much to be feared that the impenitence of sinners is to be attributed to our apathy.  For if we were more zealous in offering the Blood of Christ to God on their behalf, He would doubtless, moved by our prayers, have preserved them from eternal reprobation; and she admonished all Christians constantly to make this oblation of Our Lord’s Passion and His Precious Blood for the erring and the sinful.  Let us remember this, for it places within our reach an easy means of appeasing the wrath of God, of converting sinners, relieving the suffering souls, expiating our own wrong-doing.  At no time, as we have already said, can this oblation of the Precious Blood be made so opportunely, so effectually,a s during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is then offered not only by word, but in deed, for the Sacred Blood is truly and actually there in the Chalice and is offered up by the priest not only in his own name, but in that of the whole Church, and more specially of those who are present.

———-End Quote———

More souls are released from Purgatory during Mass than at any other time!  So please remember them in your Mass intentions!



Fr. von Cochem – more extrinsic Grace available in TLM than NO April 10, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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What’s that you say?  How on earth could a priest dead nearly 350 years have spoken about the Novus Ordo?  Oh, he spake.  He spake indeed (from Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, pp. 284-5):

The Victim is the same in all Masses, none other than Jesus Christ Himself, and in this regard all Masses are equally good, equally precious.  With regard to the sacrificial act, the offering of the Victim, the more lightdevoutly the priest says the Mass, the more acceptable to God is the Sacrifice he offers, and the more abundant are the graces is brings down from above, both upon the priest who celebrates the Mass and the individual for whom he offers it. 

We find a confirmation of this in the writings of St. Bonaventure, who says: “All Masses are equally good, as far as Christ is concerned; but as far as the priest is concerned, one may be better than another. Therefore it is more profitable to hear the Mass of a good priest than of an indifferent one.” Cardinal Bona also corroborates this opinion: “The more holy and pleasing to God,” he says, “a priest is the more acceptable are his prayers and oblations; and the greater his devotion the greater the benefit derived form his Mass. For just as other good works performed by a pious man gain merit in proportion to the zeal and devotion wherewith they are performed, so Holy Mass is more or less profitable both to the priest who says it and to the persons for whom it is said according as it is celebrated with more or less fervor.” This is the reason why in the Mass the priest frequently beseeches God graciously to accept his oblation, and to vouchsafe that it may be conducive to his own salvation and that of the people.

———-End Quote———-

When the Mass was revolutionized in the 1960s, numerous actions which constitute sacramentals were removed. I believe the number of signs of the Cross the priest makes was reduced from something like 33 to 3. Invocations of the Most Holy Name and the Trinity plummeted likewise.  Genuflections, bowings, many prayers with indulgences attached……all were greatly reduced.  All of these actions are sources of Grace.  Then there is the entire matter of the priest having his back turned towards His Lord in the Tabernacle, and no longer visibly leading the people in prayer and supplication before God, but the community has turned inward on itself.

Intrinsically – because if properly offered it contains the Real Presence and the only Sacrifice acceptable to God – the Novus Ordo is the equal of the TLM, at least notionally.  But extrinsically, there is a massive difference, and that is what Fr. von Cochem observes above, though he frames his discussion in terms of a Mass well-offered by a holy priest, versus a more lackadaisical Mass offered by a less holy priest.  The TLM simply has more because it retains all those actions which are sources of Grace not just for the priest, but for all those in attendance and indeed for the entire Church and world.

I should note, of course, the same applies to varying types of Novus Ordo Masses.  A very reverent Novus Ordo offers more Grace to equally participating souls than does a very irreverent and abusive one. And it is quite possible to offer the NO in a way that brings it much closer to the TLM.

None of this is to say that souls who assist at the TLM are “better” than those who assist at Novus Ordos.  It’s not to say that the NO is not efficacious of Grace or anything like that.  But it is to say that, all other things equal, the TLM offers more Grace, more benefit to souls, than does the Novus Ordo.  And that is no small thing.


A sermon every blogger (and commenter) should listen to… April 10, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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…and pray about and consider deeply.

Being a blogger, offering hot opinions about any number of matters, but especially those internal to the Church, is a dangerous game.  It is frighteningly easy to fall into calumny and detraction.  For those that don’t know, calumny is making up false, derogatory things about a person and spreading that around to others, while detraction is revealing true things about a person that others really don’t have a right or need to know.  It’s about harming the good reputation of others.

Now, regarding both blogging and commenting on blogs, there are all manner of caveats. Is the matter public? Is the person (or group) putting themselves out there in a very public way?  Are the criticisms more general, or specific to a given individual (hint: stay general)?  Are there caveats in the language, using words like “most” or “many” instead of all.  And of course prudence and personal sentiment enter in quite a bit, as well.

Anyways, it’s probably better if I stop rationalizing and just lay the sermon on you.  Many thanks to VideoSancto for getting this one up, as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to post it.  Hopefully, that means I’m capable of some self-criticism and trying to prevent major departures into detraction (and I pray I never calumniate).

The seven ways of committing detraction:

1. Calumny
2. Exaggeration
3. Revealing hidden faults
4. Attributing malice to a good deed

5. Denying a good that one does
6. Remaining silent when others detract [probably guilty here, at times]
7. Minimizing the good another does [does Planned Barrenhood do any good?  How about sodom-lobbies?]

Please say three Hail Mary’s for the priest!

I should probably start to warn you now, I will not be posting most of next week.  Maybe some on Monday, then after that, the nada, nada, nada of St. John of the Cross until after Easter.


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