The Stations of the Cross aren’t just for Lent…. December 4, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
…..Advent, being another season of especially focused prayer and penance, is also a great time to focus on the purpose of Our Lord’s Incarnation, His Passion, Death, and eventual Resurrection.
The great Saint Peter Julian Eymard thought the Stations were suited for any time of the year, but especially the more penitential seasons. From Vol. 3 of the Eymard Library, Eucharistic Stations of the Cross:
Saint Eymard rated the Stations of the Cross among the most important exercises……Long experience had taught him to find in the Wounds of Jesus the forgiveness, the peace, and all those graces for which the soul hungers while on retreat. Right up to his death, he made the Stations of the Cross every day, in the evening, even after the fullest and most wearisome day’s work. Therefore he recommended this devotion as one whose full value he knew. In the beautiful words of The Following of Christ: “In the Cross is salvation, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection against the enemy, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of heart, in the Cross is joy of spirit.“
But to the Eucharistic soul, Calvary is the altar, and the Divine Crucified One is Jesus Hostia. [Jesus in the Host] It hears round about the outcries of the throng against Him Who answers only with the silence of the lamb; it sees into the plots of the scribes and pharisees; it knows the bargaining of these new Judases who sell to the demon in their souls, to their vices, to their self-interest, the good Master who has just given Himself to them in the kiss of Communion. Every day it sees Jesus in His Eucharist delivered up, denied by cowardice and human respect. The Holy Eucharist is the Passion continued and renewed!
What? But Jesus is glorious, immortal, impassable in the Blessed Sacrament! Why picture Him to us as suffering, when He can suffer no more and as humiliated when He reigns as King triumphant?
It is true, and very fortunate that Jesus Eucharist can die no more, that men’s hatred could wreak itself upon His sacred Person only once at Jerusalem! What priest would cause Jesus to come down upon an altar that would be a bloody Calvary for Him?
But do sins, insults, and sacrileges wound the living heart of Jesus Hostia less grievously because He is beyond the physical reach of the tortures which our arms of flesh would make Him undergo?
Do not men, inspired by what can only be an infernal rage, make every effort to torment Him?
The Passion continues therefore at our hand; it continues at the hand of tormentors ravening after a Victim Who, though continually immolated by their efforts and desires, ever escapes their blows and Who finds in this Passion, as in an inexhaustible fountainhead, a deathless and glorious life.…..
……..The connection between Calvary and the Holy Eucharist is so close that no soul can enter truly and at all intimately into union with Jesus Hostia without feeling the need of consoling Him, of compassionating sufferings the mode and reason of which it does not understand but which are very real to its love.
To meditate before the Blessed Sacrament on the Passion as it took place in Jerusalem is not enough for this soul: it feels in its heart that the Passion still continues. It is the Eucharistic Passion of Jesus with which it wishes to sympathize.
A sweet inspiration, one which must give so much joy to the Heart of Jesus! For He complained to Saint Margaret Mary in such poignantly sorrowful terms that He received this compassion too rarely from his forgetful children!
To us who wish to know an honor the mystery of the Holy Eucharist in all its aspects belongs the beautiful mission of meditating frequently upon the Eucharistic Passion; it is for us to compassionate and weep for so many insults and profanations and to undertake reparation for them. Jesus no longer suffers now: He wishes to suffer in us and to prolong in His members, for the glory of God and the salvation of sinners, the martyrdom which He, our glorious Head, first endured so generously; He gave us the example and opened the way to us.
So go to the Stations during this Advent! Offer up prayer and reparation for all the sins and insults directed against Our Blessed Lord in the Tabernacle! Pray for the conversion of those who constantly receive the Lord unworthily, heaping condemnation upon themselves! Pray especially for the conversion of those lost in sins of intemperance and impurity!
Novena Litany for Our Lady of Guadalupe December 4, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12. Instead of partaking in neo-pagan “Aztec dance” to commemorate the conversion of what both eminent historians Dr. Warren Carroll and Dr. Christopher Dawson describe as the most satanic culture the world has ever seen, why don’t we focus on the reason for that most incredible of conversions, the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe? That apparition initiated the most fantastic process of conversion in the history of the Church, with tens of millions ranging from the Rio Bravo del Norte to the Central American jungles converting to the Faith over the period of just a couple of decades, a Faith these millions had previously been incredibly resistant to. That miraculous change of heart is what signifies the greatness of this Marian apparition. Let us not glorify, then, that long dead culture which practiced human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale, let us focus on the source of its conversion and sanctification.
Find below a Novena Litany for Our Lady of Guadalupe, one I am told is approved by Raymond Cardinal Burke:
Litany of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God our Heavenly Father, Creator through whom we live,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, the One who owns what is near and beyond,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy of us.
Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
pray for us.*
Holy Mary, Mother of America,
Holy Mary, Star of the New Evangelization,
Holy Mary, Perfect and Ever Virgin,
Holy Mary, Mother of the True God,
Holy Mary, Mother worthy of honor and veneration,
Holy Mary, Mother most merciful,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who love you and have confidence in you,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who cry to you and search for you,
Holy Mary, Mother who cures all our pains, miseries, and sorrows,
Holy Mary, Mother who remedies and alleviates our sufferings,
Holy Mary, Mother who keeps us within her compassionate and merciful gaze,
Holy Mary, Mother who shows us her help, love and compassion,
Holy Mary, Mother who chooses those who are humble and simple,
Holy Mary, Mother who graciously repays all who serve her,
Holy Mary, Mother who has us under her shadow and protection,
Holy Mary, Mother who carries us in her embrace,
Holy Mary, Fountain of our joy,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
Almighty and Eternal God, your message of mercy, entrusted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, invites all your children to place all their trust in you. Through the intercession of the mother of your Son, may your message of Merciful Love inflame our hearts that we may be faithful heralds and instruments of this Divine Mercy to the world.
(Mention your intentions)
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
If you desire a more traditional Novena in preference to the Litany, here is one:
Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to THY message in Mexico I venerate THEE as the Virgin Mother of the true God for whom we live, the Creator of all the world, Maker of heaven and earth. In spirit I kneel before thy most holy image which thou didst miraculously imprint upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego, and with the faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims who visit thy shrine, I beg thy for this favor:
[Mention your request].
Remember, O Immaculate Virgin, the words thou hast spoken to thy devout client: “I am a merciful mother to thee and to all thy people who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. I listen to their lamentations and solace all their sorrows and sufferings.” I beg thee to be a merciful mother to me, because I sincerely love thee and trust in thee and invoke thy help. I entreat thee, our Lady of Guadalupe, to grant my request, if this should be the will of God, in order that I may bear witness to thy love, thy compassion, thy help and protection. Do not forsake me in my needs.
Recite “Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us” and Hail Mary three times.
There is also another version of the Novena here.
I know I’m loading you up with lots of Novenas, but offer it up! It’s Advent, we’re supposed to be praying and mortifying ourselves A LOT more!
Might I suggest you offer this Novena for the intention of all those who have fallen into sins of impurity? Our Lady, especially Our Lady of Guadalupe, is such a grand model of purity
Some video gold for you December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, family, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, religious, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I’ve gotten some real Catholic gold in my Youtube video feeds of late. Video Sancto always has great stuff, but in the past few days they have put up some very helpful videos of talks by Fr. John Hardon, SJ, one of the last truly great Jesuits – God rest his soul. Here is one talk from an early 90s Fr. Hardon conference on the Family in these days of Church crisis:
For something rather different, without a strong influence on formation, but just for the glory of it all, a Solemn High Pontifical Mass for the ordination of a number of FSSP men to the Diaconate. This Mass took place at the FSSP seminary in Denton, NE on Oct. 19 with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz offering. 12 men received their first clerical tonsure and another 3 were promoted to the subdiaconate. I pray they all become priests!
And a video of some Church glory offered by a Polish priest. It is centered on the glories of the Chair of Peter, but I have to wonder if a few of the photos of papal tiara were not photoshopped, especially those of Paul VI. Paul VI, of course, very solemnly laid the tiara on the altar in a move of enormous symbolism and import. Many faithful souls would very, very much like to see the tiara adorn the head of Christ’s Vicar on earth, again.
And, since Nov. 27 was the 918th anniversary of the summoning of the First Crusade to liberate the Holy Land from muslim oppression at the Council of Clermont, another video from the same priest. Apparently, they make unapologetic, unabashedly Catholic movies in Poland, still! What a thought!
There you go, short or long, catechesis or inspiration, some videos for you.
A good exegesis on Limbo of the Infants December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, error, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, sadness, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Presented below is a sermon from an FSSP priest on the subject of the Limbo of the infants. I did a post on this subject a couple of months ago that was taken exception to by one fellow blogger, who made some statements that led to a falling out between us, at least on a blogging level. I don’t cotton to calling good priests heretics because you don’t like their presentation of a belief that has been widely accepted throughout the history of the Church, if it is not a formal doctrine. So, this post may be controversial.
In the previous post, I took a less strong view than does the priest in the sermon below. He argues quite forcefully for the existence of Limbo, and claims that is where unbaptized babies (and aborted babies) go. This is a serious issue and has constant real-world implications. I have personally found, as have others, that many women intending to abort their women have convinced themselves that the abortion is a “good thing,” because they have been told, or come to believe, that their baby will immediately fly to Heaven and not have to experience the travails of this life. Even if true – which, the vast preponderance of belief from the Tradition weighs against this belief – this “abortion as salvific act” would do nothing to assuage the mother’s guilt for involvement in the murder of her own child, a sin that certainly cries out to Heaven.
This is a most pernicious idea. It is very difficult to convince women otherwise, when they have been led to believe that their abortion is actually a good and holy thing. Unfortunately, in our current day and in the Church we presently have, there is a very widespread belief that aborted babies DO go to Heaven. Even many priests and theologians share this view. To say such a view greatly undermines pro-life efforts would be a tremendous understatement.
But aside from the practical aspects of what I consider to be the almost certain error of abortion as Sacrament, there is the matter of Truth, and the preponderance of theological/Magisterial opinion. Without question, the understanding that unbaptized but otherwise sinless infants and children go to Limbo, not Heaven, has been the dominant belief of Saints and theologians going back to the earliest Church. Limbo is not a medieval concept. It was posited in the early Church by great Church Fathers.
The sermon. There are some powerful quotes from early Church Fathers and Church Councils. It is critical to note that the recent opinions given casting doubt on Limbo have no authority. I also found the distinction between the hope we can have for infants who die from natural causes, to faithful Catholic parents, prior to baptism, and those who die in abortion very important. There is much greater reason to have hope for the former, than the latter:
One more small addendum. To claim that arguing strongly that unbaptized babies go to Limbo makes one a heretic is simply untenable. The great St. Augustine, one of the two or three most influential theologians in the history of the Church, posited an even “stronger,” if you will, belief – he claimed it was certain Doctrine that unbaptized babies, and all unbaptized souls, go to hell. If strongly supporting Limbo makes one a material heretic, I guess the Church is really screwed up, because one of her greatest and most influential lights was even more in “error.”
But in reality, one can believe very strongly for Limbo (or even hell) in this matter and remain a faithful Catholic, because the Church has no authoritative Dogma on the matter. However, the conservative position, if you will, is that unbaptized but sinless children most likely go to Limbo. Thus, the traditional Catholic practice of quickly baptizing newborn infants has a strong theological basis, and is not just a superstitious act as some modern theologians try to claim.
Help Loreto House procure a mobile sonogram unit December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, North Deanery, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Loreto House is a Denton-based pro-life apostolate that is in the process of acquiring a mobile sonogram unit for use outside local area abortion mills. They have acquired a van for housing and moving the unit, and have access to grant monies to help pay for much of the remaining conversion and acquisition costs, but they need donations now to help pay for the rest. In a recent entry on their website, they provide additional details and also inform us that the Whole Women’s mill in Fort Worth is now re-opened with a doctor with admitting privileges at a local hospital, and that Planned Barrenhood in Ft. Worth will also be opening a new facility soon. So, after some great progress from the recent state law greatly cutting down on the number of abortuaries around, the number is going back up.
The enemies of life, the agents of demonic human sacrifice, never give up. So, the need for this mobile sonogram unit is very pressing. While we are blessed with three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in the Diocese, they cannot always perform sonograms. That is where the mobile sonogram van comes in. Statistics show that 80% of women who see their baby’s heartbeat on a sonogram will NOT procure their planned abortion. See below details of the need from Loreto House:
A benefactor has made a Ford cargo van available and another benefactor is providing funds to complete most of the interior finish out.At this time, there is no other mission we know of that is providing mobile ultrasounds in the DFW area and we must act soon!The approximate cost for a portable ultrasound is about $30,000 and there will be additional needs such as wiring, monitor, exam table and work station.We are applying for a grant from the Knights of Columbus to cover 50% of the ultrasound cost but we must raise the remaining funds to be eligible for this grant. Miscellaneous costs above the grant amount will be about $20,000 or more.
We have been blessed with a benefactor who is willing to match, up to $10,000, the amount we are able to raise by December 15th.We ask for your prayerful support to meet this extraordinary need.Please send a donation now to:Loreto HousePO Box 2533Denton, Texas 76202-2533Has God been tugging at your heart to help the pro life effort? We need more volunteers to help staff Loreto House so that we can go on the road as often as possible. Also, if you are a sonogram tech with some time to donate please contact Loreto House.God bless,RandyOffice: 913 Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201940-380-819124 hour hot line….1-866-602-5951
Important – Latin-English traditional breviaries back in print December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Liturgy, priests, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
I was fortunate enough to be able to buy a volume of the Baronius Latin-English Breviaries – after a verrrrrry long wait – a couple of years ago. The first printing was quickly exhausted. When people inquired about where to get a copy, I had to tell them they had missed the boat. Well, wait no more, the Baronius Breviaries, according to the 1962 Missal and with original, sometimes stilted but very accurate and certainly not a bit modernist, Psalm translations are back in print!
This is the only Latin-English Breviary available that accords to the pre-conciliar Rite. I can tell you, the prayers in the 1962 Breviary are far, far more moving and, I would say, efficacious of Grace than the banalities that litter the 1970 Liturgy of the Hours. You may have one of those multi-color sets of the Novus Ordo Liturgy of the Hours in your home, but I can say that in particular that the various prayers in the traditional Breviary are just so much more redolent of a powerful sensus Catholicus that there is just no comparison. As soon as I got the 1962 Breviary, I immediately stopped using the Novus Ordo version and haven’t looked back, since.
The books have stood up pretty well to 2+ years of daily usage, including being crammed in a backpack with a number of other books, being dropped countless times, and just general abuse. My only complaints have been with the ribbons, which frayed very quickly, and, again, the English translations of the Psalms and hymns, which were so focused on accuracy that lyricism went out the window. They are essentially un-singable in English.
These are a must for any person with a love for the Traditional Liturgy, or any Catholic looking to take a big step forward in their interior life. It is such a great shame that, in the terrible excesses that occurred in the Church in the early 70s, the 1970 Liturgy of the Hours was literally rushed out, with many very clumsy, banal prayers – some of which were even composed by protestants. That has been confirmed – while there is some question whether parts of the Mass Propers in the Novus Ordo were composed by protestant “observers,” there is no question prayers from the Hours were. And it really shows.
I know the Breviary is expensive, but this is a lifetime investment. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I also highly recommend it for priests brought up in the Novus Ordo tradition, but who have an attraction for the traditional practice of the Faith. The traditional Breviary does satisfy their requirement for daily prayer of all the liturgical hours.
REMINDER – First Friday at the Dallas Carmel December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, religious, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I have so many things to catch up on! This Friday/Saturday December 6/7 is the monthly First Friday devotion at the Dallas Carmel, 600 Flowers Ave. There are two TLMs at 8pm and 3am and the vigil ends with a Novus Ordo at 7am. There is Confession before and after Mass, as always. The Vigil starts at 5p on Friday Dec. 6. There are usually some snacks available in a room just off (west) of the chapel.
All details below. You can also e-mail email@example.com or call 214-702-8051 for more information.
Join the nuns in storming Heaven! So many great graces flow down during Adoration and these all night vigils!
Immaculate Conception Novena starts Nov. 29 November 29, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
Dallas Carmel in need of your support November 26, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
The good nuns of the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague are in need of help. Their HVAC unit has conked out. It must be replaced, it is beyond repair. I don’t have a figure for the cost of the replacement, but it is likely to be high. Could you please consider, in your charity, sending a donation to these good nuns, who have so supported the traditional practice of the Faith in this Diocese (and whose prayers likely played a huge role in the miracle that is Mater Dei)? Any amount will help.
Donations can be sent to:
Discalced Carmelite Nuns
600 Flowers Avenue
Dallas, TX 75211
You can make your checks out to Dallas Carmelites
God bless you!
Some Church beauty for you November 22, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
There is a truly gorgeous parish in New Bedford, Mass – St. Anthony of Padua. I found out about it because some Franciscan of the Immaculate nuns attached in some way to that parish were visiting our local TLM parish. Nuns, it seems, rate private Masses! Good for them. The nuns were awesome. I did not get a chance to speak with them, if I had, I would have surely polled their opinions on the repression of Summorum Pontificum for their order. Or limitations, whatever, for the pedantics.
Nonetheless, in finding out a bit about the nuns, I stumbled on this St. Anthony of Padua. They don’t build churches like this anymore, which is an enormous shame:
Details of scene above high altar:
Apparently, the parish has a very elaborate lighting system with different colors that can be used to accent different parts of the nave, sanctuary, side altars, etc., depending on the season, the time of day, etc. . They have what looks like a solid gold figurine of the Good Shepherd at the opening of the Tabernacle on a side altar – you can sort of see that above.
What does a church like this say about the people who built it? It was constructed around 110-120 years ago. Even people with no attachment to the Church – or even a hostility to the Church – can recognize the beauty that is reflected here. And the sacrifice. I was speaking with someone the other day, and we both reflected on how eager we would be to sacrifice – even a great deal – to help build a church with something of the glory of this one. I hear some people say – especially those who look for reasons NOT to build a glorious structure like this – that we simply can’t build churches like this anymore. That the skills don’t exist to do so. But then again, there are some really beautiful churches being built here and there – perhaps not as ornate and amazingly detailed as this one, but quite beautiful, nonetheless. It’s not exactly to my taste, but the chapel at Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Alabama is one example.
Given how much wonderful church art is being ripped out of parishes all over Europe, literally hundreds a year, as they are being closed down, and sold at literally fire sale prices, it seems like taking the time and effort to build an amazing church like this one, which could stand for 1000 years if properly cared for, is actually quite possible.
Anything in the universe is possible given enough time, and money. We sent 24 men to the moon, for Heaven’s sake. I’m sure this church wasn’t built in a day. I’m sure it took enormous effort to make it happen. So much the better, for the greater glory of God.