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Corpus Christi Procession in Shafter with Father Rodriguez October 31, 2014

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And, I’m pretty sure, there may be a certain commenter on this blog who might be visible in some of the video.  And I think also a few other readers may be in the vid.

Please pray for Father Rodriguez. Like so many priests he is a target of satan and he will need a lot of prayers and much Grace.

But for now, it is glorious to see this witness to our timeless and universal faith. I understand many souls come from a long distance to participate in this witness with Father.

Priest gives strong discourse on failings of “big bang” model October 30, 2014

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Catholic attitudes towards the “big bang” have been much in the news of late. The “big bang” model of the universe and the theory of the evolution of species are like peas in a pod, chicken and rice.  They go together and support each other immensely, and both are diametrically opposed to the non-mythical, real history presented in the first three chapters of Genesis. Both have been used to undermine the Faith in myriad ways, but especially in attacking the reliability of Scripture as the repository of real historical events.  The Church for centuries maintained a very strong stand in defense of the history portrayed in Genesis 1-10, but over the past several decades it is possible to find statements from even pre-conciliar that seem to say that “evolution”and the “big bang” may be acceptable ways of describing the Creation of the universe, provided one maintains belief in Adam and Eve as our first parents and God as the author of creation.

However, I have for some time found this near-acceptance of these scientific theories (for that is all they are, neither evolution nor the “big bang” are anywhere near proven like, say, the gravitational constant or the 1st Law of Thermodynamics) evidence not of a tardy enlightenment but of a certain softening with regard to the acceptance and defense of Scripture.  I’m not here to fight that battle today, but I would say that it could be spiritually dangerous to attach great importance to these theories, or even to rely on statements from this recent pope or that for evidence of Catholic “acceptance” of same.

Another note, I only listened to one sermon all the way through, I endorse the content therein (video 3), but as for the rest I have not heard all of them and do not necessarily endorse, wholeheartedly, everything therein.  Of the three, I think the first may be of greatest import, as the priest argues that the modern scientific “movement” is not so much a dispassionate pursuit of facts backed up by hard evidence, as it is a philosophy deliberately set up by erroneous materialist, rationalist philosphes in the 16th and 17th century to oppose traditional Christian belief.  Certainly, that was the goal of the Cartesian rationalism, who designed “science” to accept only supposedly empirical evidence and to discount the huge reams of evidence from sources other than what the 5 senses tell us – that is, the entire spiritual realm.  This is all discussed at length in Edward Feser’s excellent book The Last Superstition.

Anyway, the sermons:

Next.  I did listen to most of this and found no problems. I also heard it maybe a year or year and a half ago and do not recall anything controversial from an orthodox Catholic perspective.

Finally, the one I listened to entirely:

The suffering people experience in trying to find an orthodox presentation of the Faith is immense…….. October 30, 2014

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……..especially in this Diocese, which is, strangely enough, somewhat on the liberal side of the spectrum as such things go.  Which fact is very odd, considering the overwhelming political (if not cultural, which is so much more critical) conservativism of this area.

A commenter and fellow blogger of this Diocese of Dallas has a post up that describes experiences I think many faithful souls suffer through.  Trying to find a parish home that provides the spiritual sustenance many so desperately need can be a very daunting prospect.  The vast majority of spiritual “product” out there is unnourishing pablum, as offensive to the aesthetic sense as it is to the sensus fidei, the sense of faith.

This blogger relates her own experience as a protestant convert to the Faith who left protestantism behind due to its internal contradictions and flight from reason in its theology.  This blogger noted how barren and devoid of sign and symbol the protestant experience is, at least in most of the US.  Expecting to find a much more enriching experience in the Church, she instead found almost exactly the same thing: casual, barren liturgies, ugly buildings, insipid music, and an appalling lack of an appropriate sense of reverence as beings in the Presence of God Incarnate.  While her experience has varied, she has f0und only one parish in the Richardson/Plano/Allen/McKinney area acceptable, and with rest being inhibited by the same litany of deficiencies so many of the rest of us have lamented and, ultimately, fled:

So I’ve tried three parishes close to my home, and here is a partial list, in random order, of horrible things I have experienced:

  • Protestant style “worship music” with a full band, lead singer, and backup singers. Even the liturgical music is in this style, so that I am listening to a guitar and drums and a woman wailing like Christina Aguilera while the priest prepares the altar and I approach to receive Communion. This has been the case at 2 of the 3 churches I’ve attended, and at one of those the band included – I am not making this up – bongo drums. In one of them, the band blocked 1/4 of the congregation from being able to view the altar. In another, the woman – in a tight, low-cut tank top – canted the psalm Christina Aguilera-style, replete with making “I’m hitting a high note right now” faces. [Heh. Pretty apt description.  Choirs were put in a loft at the back for a reason.  It's not a performance, it's an act of service and, yes, worship.]
  • People wearing t-shirts, yoga pants, shorts, flip-flops, and baseball caps to Mass. [Well I've literally seen women in a tank top over a bikini during the summer]
  • In one church, there was a bathroom right off the sanctuary, and people constantly came and went – yes, throughout the liturgy of the Eucharist and even during the blessing of the Body and Blood. I glanced up from prayer at one point during this and saw someone standing there right outside a bathroom door pumping hand sanitizer onto his hands and thought Where am I?
  • A priest looking at a cell phone in the confessional. [Just horrible.  Abomination of desolation, indeed.]
  • A priest, after giving announcements before Mass, asking all the visitors to stand up and be welcomed. (I did not stand up.) When a few stood, everyone clapped. I do not go to Mass to be singled out and clapped for, or clap for other people – not even Christina Aguilera. I am here to receive Christ. That is the kind of crap I hated about the Baptist churches of my youth, and I was totally bummed that it happened at a Catholic church. [And this blogger noted that it was the lack of reverence and way over developed focus on me, ME, ME! that drove her from the protestants.  Expecting to find much better, she has been disappointed. Unfortunately, I know far more than a handful of Catholics who have fled the other direction for the exact same reasons.  They may find some relatively reverent small protestant community and it gives them at least some saccharine, if not the D5W they need in their state of spiritual emergency.  When you're spiritually starved, you'll take anything.  And that is the condition far too many souls find themselves in.  The NO Mass in most parishes is a thin spiritual gruel that neither nourishes nor appeals to the taste, when it should be the smorgasbord of the TLM with the finest in fare and 5 star execution.  How's that for beating a metaphor to death!]
  • People letting their children act like they are in a doctor’s office waiting room: taking off their shoes, digging around in Mom’s purse for gum, etc. [how about video games complete with sound!]
  • A marked lack of reverence: hardly anyone genuflects; hardly anyone receives on the tongue; hardly anyone even seems to care that they are in the presence of Christ. They don’t sing (although young people seem to love singing along loudly to the horrific “worship music,” probably because they know it from the radio.) I’ve seen only two other women in veils throughout all these visits, and we get stared at like museum curiosities.[A woman walked up to my wife after Mass in Bandera, TX at a pretty little parish run by Polish priests that was actually pretty orthodox - at least for San Antonio diocese.  Anyway, she walks up to my wife and says "Are you Byzantines?"  And I turn around with a great big s---eating grin and say "NO, WE'RE TRADDIES!"  She had no idea what I meant.]
  • Spaces that are at best modern and Protestant-looking, even if beautiful (St. Joseph is a good example) and at worst resemble converted gyms or community centers.

This is the same lament I made about 50 times on this blog in the period 2009-2010.  Then I found the TLM, and I was even more outraged. How could the Church have ever traded this glorious Mass for what we have now?!?  What were they thinking?!  

At the same time, I recognize that even for me it took some time to “build” to the point of assisting at the TLM.  That seems absurd now, but Catholics have been conditioned by hostile priests, laity, media, etc. for decades to view the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith in general as something strange and alien, reserved only for kooks.  I recognize not everyone is ready to step from your average spare to fair NO Mass to the glorious TLM.  So, in the interests of helping souls find better sustenance short of the only TLM parish in the Diocese (ever?  It’s been threatened!), here are a few alternatives in descending order of orthodoxy and reverence, at least so far as I know.  Note, this list is biased towards the northern suburbs because that’s where the commenter lives:

1. St. William the Confessor, Greenville: Far and away the best non-Mater Dei alternative. Fr. Paul Weinberger has been pastor here since 2003.  A very good priest and even better man, Fr. Weinberger makes his NO Latin Mass as traditional and reverent as he is allowed to make it.  He would offer the TLM if he were permitted.  NO Latin Mass on Sundays.  Chant in Sunday morning Masses.  Communion received kneeling and on the tongue at the altar rail.  Benedictine arrangement of the altar (again, would offer Ad Orientem, but not allowed to do so).  Takes Confession very seriously and it is available almost every day, and for hours on Sunday.  Fr. Weinberger has endured many sufferings and unjust persecutions.  Please pray for him.

2. Saint Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church, The Colony:  Reverent liturgy.  Consecration behind iconostasis, per Byzantine custom.  Old Slavonic liturgy, at least on Sundays. Beautiful eastern liturgy.  Very small but gorgeous church.  Confession not nearly so frequent as St. William.

The video below gives you some idea of what the parish looks like.  I cannot vouch for the content of the video, just watch the first bit to see how the iconostasis looks!

3.  Our Lady of Lebanon, Lewisville:  Parish somewhat famous for being Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s “home” parish.  Maronite Rite.  Some or all of the liturgy in Aramaic, the language of Christ.  Another pretty church.  I really can’t comment too much as I’ve never been but I know those who have and they would probably put Our Lady of Lebanon somewhere between St. William and Saint Thomas Aquinas for overall reverence, beauty, symbolism, and orthodoxy.

From here things drop pretty fast.  Really, the more time I spend at a TLM parish exclusively, the more the rest of the Novus Ordo parishes seem pretty much the same.  I’ll list a few more, in no particular order, that are either pretty, tend toward the orthodox side, and/or are known for not being very abusive:

St. Mark the Evangelist, Plano:  Horridly ugly church, built as a descending pit/amphitheater with the altar BELOW most of the people, at least there is a large true stained glass window, but full of modernist imagery.  However, the liturgy on Sunday especially at 9 and 10:30 is pretty orthodox as are the priests.  Incense generally used at 10:30.  Choir is improving and I think mixing in some chant.  Don’t go to the yute Mass at 6:30, many others in Spanish.  Also avoid those, they are less reverent and orthodox.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Dallas: Nice old church, somewhat wreckovated, I understand the liturgy swerves all over the map. I know my dear departed friend Vicki Middleton, God rest her soul, got very fed up with abuses here.  Still, it is generally known – or used to be known? – for being somewhat on the orthodox side.  YMMV.

St. Edward Dallas:  One of the most beautiful parishes remaining in the Diocese, it has not been wreckovated to death but the altar rails were ripped out.  I cannot vouch for the liturgy, it may be bad as the parish is almost entirely Spanish speaking now, but on the other hand the parish is still very traditional looking, so maybe it’s not so bad.  Only English Mass is at noon, Sunday.

Christ the King, Dallas:  Located near Highland Park and attracts the richy-rich crowd. Gorgeous parish, still has altar rails and high altar, Msgr. Zimmer is on the liberal side but the liturgy was OK 15 years ago.  Tabernacle in the right place. Lots of photos online, the parish is very popular for weddings, etc, for its traditional Catholic appearance and beauty.  But if you’re looking for real liturgical and catechetical meat, this is probably not the place.  Best for aesthetes who aren’t much interested in liturgy.

St. Anthony, Wylie:  Ugly church, can’t say the pastor is Mr. Orthodoxy, laity are actually quite faithful and well informed, by and large.  As for Mass…….meh.

I’m way out of time.  There are a few other pretty churches that haven’t been ruined like the new St. Cecilia (the namesake of my dear departed mother in law), but as for liturgy and homoletical catechesis, that list above is probably most of the tops north of say downtown Dallas, roughly.  You could pick a fight over some left out or included. This was just a real quick, super large brush-stroke presentation.

 

Getting in the mood for the Purgatorial month of November October 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, mortification, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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All Saint’s Day is Saturday, a Holy Day of Obligation.  All Soul’s Day is moved to Monday November 3 due to November 2 being a Sunday, the 21st after Pentecost.  The month of November is a time of prayer for the dead.  We must pray for the souls in Purgatory, in this modern Church where most funereal Masses are instant canonizations, so few pray for souls these days!  I strongly recommend obtaining a copy of the Raccolta, that awesome compendium of the indulgenced prayers of the Church, and offer those prayers for souls in Purgatory, both those you know, and for those unknown and forgotten souls.  1255704129260_f

The Church makes the first week of November (Nov 1-8) a season of immense Grace for the poor holy souls suffering in Purgatory.  They are holy because they are saved, even if they must be purified!  The sufferings in Purgatory are as intense as those of hell, save for the glory of knowing that they will, at some point, see God.  This consolation is enormous but does not assuage all the great physical and moral sufferings of Purgatory, the greatest of which is being so close to God and yet unable to see the Beatific Vision.

During this great Octave for the souls in Purgatory, plenary indulgences can be gained daily for the poor souls.  On All Saints Day, each soul who assists at Mass, and meets the other usual conditions, can gain a plenary indulgence for the poor souls by reciting in church or oratory an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be six times.  By special dispensation, this indulgence applies to EACH time you visit a church and receive Holy Communion, the normal limit of one plenary indulgence per person per day being waved on this great Feast.

Also, the faithful who, during the period of eight days from All Saints Day, visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead. Here is a simple invocation for the dead, called the “Eternal Rest” prayer:

Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.

Latin version:
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei (eis) Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei (eis). Requiéscat (Requiéscant) in pace. Amen.

There are many more edifying customs and traditions associated with All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day at the Fisheater’s site.  This Octave was for a very long period of the Church’s history embraced by the AllSoulsfaithful as one of the great seasons of the year, certainly below Christmas and Easter but only just, and certainly on a par with Pentecost and some of the other feasts of the Ascension in late spring. But today it is mostly a highly disordered secular holiday and forgotten by many Catholics.  It is such an enormous tragedy that this great well-spring of Grace is left untapped by so many!  May their hearts be touched this year and may they pray fervently for the dead.

Find below the great Sequence of the Requiem Mass in the traditional Rite, Dies Irae with the preferred, traditional translation into English.  I pray this stirs your heart to great efforts for the poor suffering souls!  The vast majority of those who are saved will spend at least some time in Purgatory.  You probably will.  But if you pray for the souls in Purgatory, and through  your prayers their penance is completed, they will pray for you from Heaven.  I expect a very long time in Purgatory, so I try to be especially dedicated to all the poor souls, especially the forgotten ones.

Make this Octave of All Saints a time of great devotion for your family this year!  BTW, I  really like this custom of lighting candles at the graves in Catholic cemeteries.  Do we have a specifically Catholic cemetery in this Diocese?  That is such an awesome thing in Europe, each old church has it’s own cemetery.  I wish we had that more here.  I have spoken to Father about having a cemetery at Mater Dei but I’m told it probably won’t happen.

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On Confidence in God October 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I think I have conveyed how I feel about the Catholic newspaper put out by the Transalpine Redemptorists before, but for those who may have missed that, I love this publication.  It always edifies me, and fills me with peace.  Perhaps a strange response to a newspaper, but it really does.  There is a great deal of spiritual content like the below, which is just one small example from one issue.  I have always found the content in this paper to be solidly orthodox and enriching.  I highly recommend it for all faithful Catholics.

The below contains some excerpts from Saints on having confidence in God.  During this time of tremendous trial and upheaval, we must remember that all that is occurring has been permitted to occur by God, for reasons we will likely never fathom in this life.  In times of such trial, there is a great temptation in our fallen human nature to turn inwards, to think we must rely on ourselves and our own abilities, rather than continuing to trust in God. As we see so many things in the Church today that are simply inexplicable and seem so damaging to the good of souls, we must maintain both our hope and our trust in God that all this is according to His Divine Will (permissive or positive) and that our reaction to this crisis may even play a role in our salvation.  In fact, the sufferings so many are experiencing and, hopefully, offering up, may be a source of Grace that will result not only in their own sanctification but even the inflow of Grace into others for their conversion.

On Confidence in God:

When a man trusts in his own talents and powers, it is a great misfortune.  For such a one, who trusts in his own knowledge, prudence, or mind – God, in order to make him learn his own insufficiency, withdraws him His help, and leaves him to his own resources; from whence it comes, that notwithstanding all his labors, they produce little or no fruit.  Form this we may learn why it is that we so often fail in our undertakings.”  – Saint Vincent de Paul

What an example we have of this, in the passage of the Red Sea by the Israelites and Egyptians. The former, putting all their trust in God, went through the midst thereof on dry ground, the waters standing on each side of them as a wall of defense; the latter, placing their confidence in chariots and horses, perished in the midst of the waves.

Saint Francis of Sales prospered in all that he undertook for God: and the reason of this was, because he never trusted in his own abilities, but only to Divine Providence; and he never felt so sure of success, as when he had no other ground for hope but this, the goodness and power of God. [And this great Doctor put himself in tremendous danger for the good of souls, constantly battling protestants in Switzerland and exposing himself to great physical danger in the process.  Saint Francis de Sales converted tens of thousands of protestants back to the Faith.  His life was repeatedly threatened.  By trusting in God, He was able to overcome all.  What a lesson for all of us.]

Saint Philip Neri used to say, “When a person of his own accord puts himself in the way of some temptations or occasions of sin, and says, I shall not fall or I shall not sin; there is, perhaps, no surer sign that such a one will fall with the greatest possible risk to his everlasting salvation.  But when temptations come upon us, without our seeking them, we should not fear them; but sweetly trusting in our Lord, lift up our hearts to him, and go cheerfully on in the way of the Lord.

————End Quote————-

I have been reading that Church History book mentioned in some recent posts.  It does remind me that there have been times in the history of the Church when things looked about as dark – maybe even darker in some respects – than they do now.  There was a period from about 1540-1580 or so when it appeared that protestantism might overcome the Church.  So many nations, great princes, and powerful armies fell into this heresy, so many bishops and priests went over as well, that the matter was really in doubt there for several decades – at least from a natural perspective.  We haven’t much detailed history on the Arian heresy, but it may have been even worse than the protestant heresy.

Our own crisis is without precedent in some regards, but in a few, things are better.  First of all, the faithful, scattered and few though we may be, are at least aware that there are others out there who feel and believe as we do through modern communications.  Secondly, there are still some very solid and faithful bishops, and as the traditional Mass proliferates, their number will only grow. I really believe Cardinal Burke, though always solid, has grown tremendously in his faithfulness and appreciation for Tradition since he has become so intimate with the TLM.  There are others, as well, few, to be sure, but it’s not quite as desperate as “Athanasius against the world.”  There are also more and more priests being exposed to the Traditional Mass, and who almost always then also embrace the great Tradition of the Church overall as a result.  As bad as things are, they could be worse.  We are blessed in very many respects – I have only named a few.

So keep your trust in God and remain close to Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross.  We are surely going to suffer, and the worst wounds will come from those who should be our greatest allies and protectors.  But so long as we remain faithful all that suffering will only redound to our heavenly glory some day.  That is the most wonderful aspect of being Catholic, no matter how bad things get, so long as we remain faithful, we know we shall be victorious in the end.

Dominus vobiscum!

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The Council of Trent is still completely relevant today October 28, 2014

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I am reading a book on the history of the Church written in the late 20s by a Father Poulet and translated into English in the 30s by a Dr. Raemers.  I already pulled one set of quotes out of the book regarding protestantism and the immorality of both private interpretation and justification by faith alone.  The fact that I pulled these quoted out does not mean that I am not a sinner – as one commenter  ludicrously tried to claim – but that was not the point.  The point is, how much good can come from a theology that is rooted so deeply in error and can be shown to have given rise to other errors and even highly destructive behaviors within even months of its promulgation and acceptance by confused souls?  The answer is, not much.  This latter consideration used to weigh heavily on the Church’s approach to separated sects, but under the misguided ecumenical movement of today, these considerations of basic facts of theological derangement are ignored in the pursuit of earthly goals.

But on a broader level, there is much wisdom in this basic history book (intended for college students and adults) that extends far beyond the errors of protestants. As some excerpts from the canons of the Council of Trent show, they have great relevance for Catholics today, which only makes sense, as Trent was a Council for all time, and not just for one particular moment of mid-20th century humanist exuberance.  See if you agree with me as I quote from pp. 91-93 of Church History by Dom Charles Poulet of Solesmes:

“The teaching mission of the Church,” says the Council of Trent, at the head of its dogmatic decrees,”is to keep intact those two sources of our faith, Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition.  In virtue of this authority which it has received from Christ, the Council reiterates the ancient canon of the Scriptures, declares the Latin translation known as the Vulgate to be the only normal and authentic text, and, finally, watches over its spread and interpretation.  Again, in matters pertaining to faith and morals no one may interpret the Scriptures against the authoritative interpretation of the Church or against the unanimous consent of the Fathers.” [And what would the Fathers have to say about admitting those in manifest states of adultery/concubinage to the Blessed Sacrament, or to be married by high Church officials without Confession and any sign of contrition on their part, or at least the termination of their concubinage prior to marriage, let alone the enormous scandal of purported "gifts" offered the Church by unrepentant sodomites.  They would be staggered at the audacity of the error, and broken-hearted to learn its high source]

…….The Council also defined the divine institution, nature, minister and effects of the Sacraments, as well as the dispositions required to receive them.  It concerned itself especially with the Eucharist and the Mass, which had been so distorted by protestants.  The Council defined both the reality of the Real Presence and its integrity.  “If anyone denies that in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist are truly, really, and substantially contained the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and hence the whole Person of Jesus Christ, but maintains that they are there only as a sign or figure, or virtually; let him be anathema.”  In respect to the mode of this Presence, and in reply to the objection of John Calvin that if Christ were here on earth, He would no longer be in Heaven, the Council defined: “There is no contradiction between the two facts that Our Savior continues to exist in Heaven and at the right hand of His Father, according to His natural manner of being (juxta modum existendi naturalem), and that nevertheless He is present to us in several other places by His Substance and in a sacramental manner (sacramentaliter prasens sua substantia nobis adsit).  This second mode of being is one which we can but imperfectly describe in words, although our reason, enlightened by faith, can understand how such a mode of being is possible with God.”  Finally, in opposition to the Lutheran theory of impanation, or consubstantiation, the Council affirmed the Doctrine of Transubstantiation: “If anyone says that in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist there remains the substance of bread and wine, together with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and denies that marvelous and unique change of the whole substance of bread into the Body, and the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, a change which leaves only the appearances of bread and wine, and which the Catholic Church very appropriately terms transubstantiation: let him be anathema.

———–End Quote————

A few points on that second paragraph quoted.  First, was that really the best Calvin could come up with, that Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God Himself, could not be both in Heaven and on earth?!?  Really?!?  Because that’s just so infantile and silly it is ludicrous. No wonder Saint John’s Apocalypse was also under scrutiny by the protestant revolutionaries (again, I do not call them reformers, nor do I capitalize protestants, because I think it has been an enormous mistake by faithful sons of the Church to give even that much credit to these rebels against the Faith.  They did not reform, but deform, and they are not Churches proper, and thus do not deserve to be capitalized.  I know that violates rules of spelling, but I care not) for exclusion from the Canon of Scripture, since it makes plain that Christ’s Sacrifice is always ongoing before the Father in Heaven and that the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful on earth (especially the Mass) are also offered in that same mystical rite so beyond our limited comprehension.

Once again, too, we see strong denunciations of the modern error in the Church, so distressingly widespread, of lowering the Blessed Sacrament to just a sign or symbol. I must say, that has to be a driving belief behind the most recent attempts to destroy the Church’s Moral Doctrine, because no one to me could possibly believe in the Real Presence and yet be pushing so hard to see it constantly received sacrilegiously!  We could also add those numerous pro-abort politicians, Supreme Court justices, and others, who like to pretend at faithfulness and receive the Blessed Sacrament (on their occasional appearances at Mass), albeit with great sacrilege again.

Truth is divisive.  Truth is clarifying.  It is not uniting.  It is not indifferent. It is not worldly.  It is highly dubious that Truth is “ecumenical.”  Truth cuts through, it separates, it casts out.  Truth is not subtle shades of grey, contradictory, or requiring of a PhD to understand.

God willing, if we are deserving, we may soon return to a more sane understanding of the Truth that Christ has revealed through His Church.  Or it could be that the local priest is correct, and that we are deep into the Passion of the Church, which will mirror the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  He said we are in the time when Peter denied Christ.  Perhaps that is true.  If so, we have a very long night and day of suffering and misery ahead of us.

God have mercy on us.

 

 

 

Pope Leo XIII on the duty of Catholic parents to educate their children in the Faith…. October 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Papa, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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…….and otherwise.  I read the following a while back and have been meaning to post this material for some time.  From the excellent biography of Pope Leo XIII by Fr. Bernard O’Reilly DD, an exhortation by this most underrated of popes to parents to be most careful guides in the formation of their children, especially in the Faith but also in many other regards.  Excerpts from pp. 234-239 (this may be broken up n-lplinto more than one post):

We should have too much to say on this subject of defective education, on which depend the direction and welfare of the present and the coming generation.  We need not lose time in proving the obligation and the importance for parents to educate their children well; the voice of nature, the precepts of religion, and the sense of all mankind agree in affirming and inculcating this duty.

Still, to confess the truth, who is it that does not perceive and deplore the neglect and falling-off in the discharge of this duty which are evident in many Catholic families at this time, and that does not thence draw sad auguries for our future?  Unwise and lazy parents do not know how to estimate the nobleness of the mission entrusted to them.  They generally measure according to the calculations of a low and selfish interest the blessing of having children; they do not at all think of the great debt which they contract toward God, from the first day they become parents, to increase in their offspring and to continue the number of His true adorers; of that which they contract toward themselves to prepare and transmit an honored inheritance of good example and virtues; of the debt contracted toward society to rear for it members laborious, moral, and edifying.

pope-leo-xiiiIt is true that in our day another maxim is current bearing on this same subject – namely, “To the state belongs the training of youth.”  Does this maxim avail to excuse the lamentable negligence of parents in our time?

[Key.....] The duty of education, inculcated by natural reason, is so essential to the parental character and the authority that they cannot decline its performance.  The state authority, by its place in the order of things, is not called upon to discharge this great parental duty, but to help the natural educators in their work, and to watch and protect the interior discipline and good direction of the family. [And this is a time honored tenet of the Faith, seemingly forgotten among so many even entrusted with the highest of offices in the Church, that it is to the parent that the duty of education of children falls, and not the state.  This was once so thoroughly understood within Christendom that it went without saying, but as leftism has penetrated the culture more and more deeply, constantly arrogating to the state functions that belong by right of religion and the natural law to the family, more and more have forgotten this core truth.  This is a great defense of homeschooling, and for not  just state tolerance of it, but state endorsement and promotion of it!  But bureaucrats care only for their security and the constantly increasing inflow of money, so they oppose homeschooling as a threat.]

What are, in reality, the relations by which man is placed from his birth, as one of the beings in the order of creation?  He comes into the world as God’s creature, Who has brought him into existence; he is the child of those who have given him temporal life; he is ordained first toward religion and then toward his family; his first duties are subjection and service to God, and dependence on his parents. The family is neither the creation nor the emanation of civil society (or the state); the power of parents is not a concession of human law.  The relations and duties which obtain between parents and children are anterior and superior to all human aggregation. [That is to say, government at any and all levels.  And yet now the state is grown so supreme thatPope_Leo_XIII it would dictate to people by false and oppressive laws the very definition of what a family is, pretending that sodomites and any youth they - I know not how - have suzerainty over are somehow equivalent to the family as it has always been understood!  And then we have the entire matter of divorce and remarriage......]

Man is indeed born sociable; but belonging, before all, to the domestic and religious society, he only comes into the society of the state through the family and already prepared by the teaching of religion and under the guidance of parental authority.  Therefore it is that as in the matter of education only an auxiliary part can be attributed to the state authority, so is it evident that the charge of educating remains as a burden they cannot decline on the conscience of the parents, who for that work are the representatives of God the creator, and are invested with His authority[Authority over children does not go God-state-parents-child, but God-parents-child.]

If in our days all parents understood their duties in this light, and if, conceiving an adequate notion of the work they are commissioned to do, they instructed their children in time on the elevated duties and relations which every human being has to fulfil both in the domestic and the religious society, assuredly the state would be much the better for it.  For no one can doubt that children who are submissive to parental authority and devoted to their family, that men who have the fear of God and who are obedient to their religion, cannot fail to be also honored citizens and serviceable to their fellow-men……..

xiii_leo…...You must distinguish between education, and instruction, between the moral training and molding of the heart and the simple cultivating of the intellect.  Instruction, as such, ordinarily consists in filling the minds of the young with a furniture of knowledge that can help them, according to their years, to turn to a useful account their intellectual and bodily powers. 

The moral training, on the contrary, should be a foundation for the development and the application of the great principles of morality and religion as bearing on men’s conduct within the family and in the social sphere.

Scientific instruction will give you learned and clever young men and women; religious education will give you, on the contrary, honest and virtuous citizens.  [Indeed, it should. But religious education in the Church today, such as it is, is almost always so dominated by the conceits of progressivism and modernism that religious education within the Church (almost all schools, colleges, CCD programs, etc) is actually more detrimental to souls than avowedly secular education.  There is something singularly poisonous about religious education in the Church today, which most often results in souls invincibly convinced of the most pernicious and destructive errors.  Outside traditional parishes (sorry to beat that drum, I do not mean to bash your non-traditional parish, this is simply my experience) religious education is in utter collapse.  All parents should undertake the dominant role in the religious formation of their children, but especially those where the danger of destructive instruction is high] Instruction, separated from education properly so called, serves rather to fill young hearts with vanity than to discipline them aright.  It is quite otherwise with a right education; such a training, underPapst_leo_xiii_athe guidance of religion…….knows how to implant and to cultivate virtue in the most illiterate souls without the aid of much scientific polishing or instruction. [And the implantation of virtue in souls is infinitely more important than any "scientific" or secular education, frankly]

Then, again, and to speak of the truth, do parents pay attention to the nature, the solidity of the instruction given to their children?  Do they see to it that it is sound, useful, well-ordered, and fit to prepare and help an education such as is fit for Christian children and members of a Catholic community; that those who give such instruction have the necessary gifts of religious conviction, of virtue, of learning, such as may win them the respect and obedience of their pupils; [And I think of the Catholic school teachers who wear ludicrously immodest clothing not just to school, but to Mass.  And they think they are so daring.]  that, above all, the study of religion, so essential to the education and the virtuous life of young people, should hold the foremost place among all other studies, should have a proper and adequate development, and be carried on under the direction of the Church, the depository and teacher of religious doctrines? [And here is where Catholic education has fallen down in the past 5 decades. Pupils are no longer taught by nuns at least outwardly devoted to the practice of virtue and religious orthodoxy, but lay people of varying degrees of faithfulness, education, and outlook.  There are some very good lay teachers of religion, no doubt, but there are also many very, very bad ones.  Most embrace at least some heresy.  The vast majority reject Church Doctrine on multiple points. Many lead scandalous lives.  And yet they are given charge of Catholic children day, after day, after day, telling them things like the Church does not have women priests because "the pope is a male chauvinist pig."  Garbage in, garbage out.]

You see, therefore, that in this respect alone there cannot be (in a secular school) [or a secularized Catholic school]  a sufficient guarantee for a right and complete education, nor any reliief for parents of the great burden on their conscience.

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Sorry for the long post. I will break this into two parts and complete Pope Leo XIIIs – still Cardinal Pecci when he wrote this – exhortation on the right education of Catholic children.

I pray you find this useful and edifying.  As far as I am concerned, and relative to our own times, Pope Leo XIII’s words are nothing but a brilliant and forceful endorsement of homeschooling and the return to traditional Catholic education.

If I might make one more personal comment: oh that our popes and prelates spoke like this again!  How edifying, how much encouragement such words give!

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REMINDER: Holy Face Devotions, First Friday coming up at the Dallas Carmel October 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Eucharist, family, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Holy Face Devotions will be held at 3pm at the Discalced Carmelites at 500 Flowers Ave Dallas 75211 on Sunday, Nov. 2.  Benediction follows First Friday is November 7.  I will try to put out a reminder on First Friday next week.

All info on upcoming Carmelite events here——->>>>>>>Allnightcarmelites_november2014

And then a couple of photos from my day off.  A commenter may be glad to see something I got at the flight museum.  Meanwhile, Benedict has already entered flight training.  Sorry for the botched photo from Sunday’s Procession, I was in a big hurry.

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Yes, that is his idea of a smile.  Man did he have a total meltdown about an hour later.

Look for updates to A-4 Flightline Friday soon!

Look for updates to A-4 Flightline Friday soon!

 

 

Catholic Tradition – Mass offered aboard LST-782 off the coast of Iwo Jima in WWII October 23, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Eucharist, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Reader MFG sent this in and it is great.  I don’t think I would have enjoyed much swaying back and forth as they did during this Mass on board ship.  Must have been some pretty good swells.  Unpleasant, to say the least.

This is how the Mass was offered for well over a millennium, before the dark times, before the Empire, er  I mean the “reforms.”  Sorry, channeled Obi Wan Kenobi there for a minute:

Just a bit of Catholic greatness for you.

The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood.  So the faith was planted; so it must be restored.

And so it will be.  All in God’s good time.

Great sermon on the horrid evil of admitting manifest sinners to the Blessed Sacrament – FIXED October 23, 2014

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I do not know this priest’s name, and even if I did they like to be anonymous, anyway.  But this is the 5th or 6th sermon of his I’ve heard that has extremely solid.

The priest goes over very solid ground rules regarding the state our souls must be in for valid and holy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, reception that fills our souls with Grace instead of bringing condemnation upon us.  The priest notes that sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments have always been understood as placing a soul in a position that it is unworthy to receive Christ Real Presence.  A dead body cannot be fed, the priest notes, and in the state of mortal sin, our souls are dead.

After solid background, the priest shifts to the recent Synod of Darkness.  He notes how it appears that many bishops are not interested in guarding the Holy of Holies.  The priest goes on to list aspects of the egregious elements of the midway “Relatio” which has served as an awesome tool in advancing the modernist agenda and the destruction of souls, hardly ameliorated by the “revolt” of October 16 and some changes to the final document.  As far as millions of souls are concerned, including some either badly informed or willingly duped Catholics, the Church has formally changed 2000 year old Doctrine.  The damage is incalculable.

Lots and lots of good stuff below.  I strongly advise dedicating 18 minutes to listen:

“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God?  Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, [transgenders, cross dressers, etc]  nor liers with mankind, [sodomites, gomorrists] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God.” [1 COR VI:9]  

And thus we know why there is such a powerful movement among liberal Christians, especially those ludicrous sects dedicated towards producing a mockery of Christianity to serve the sodomite interest, either totally downplay Saint Paul or actually advocate for the exclusion of all his Epistles from the Bible.  There is no limit to which error and sin will not stoop.

I pray you find this edifying, as I did.

UPDATE: Thank you to the commenter for letting me know it was the wrong video.  It’s those darned Youtube playlists, if I go to VideoSancto’s page on Youtube, and see the list of all their videos, if I click on one, it doesn’t give me the direct link to that video, but a link embedded in a playlist.  So when VideoSancto uploads a new video, the list updates, and the video I wanted is no longer there – same link, different video. My apologies, that always gets me.

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