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Gueranger and de Sales on the active and passive virtues August 22, 2014

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I read the following yesterday in Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year in the reading for August 21, Saint Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal.  While the discourse focuses on religious life, it has applicability for lay people, as well.  And even more, I think there is some really valuable guidance on judgment and charity.  Without further ado:St Francis de Sales

If the Kingdom of God is within us, it iis because it is not meat and drink, but justice and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom XIV:17).  To criticize others on their exterior observance, and to neglect the rule in what regards the soul, is to take out a gnat from the cup and to swallow a camel.  Thou breakest thy body with endless labor, thou mortfiest with austerities thy members which are on the earth; and thou dost well. But while thou allowest thyself to judge him who does not so much penance, he perhaps is following the advice of the Apostle: more eager for the better gifts, keeping less of that bodily exercise which is profitable to little, he gives himself up more to that godliness which is profitable to all things.  Which, then, of you two keeps the rule better?  Doubtless he that becomes better thereby.  Now which is the better?  The humber, or the more fatigued?  Learn of 00000Francis-de-Salesme, said Jesus, for I am meek and humble of heart (Saint Matthew XI:29).

Saint Frances de Sales, in his turn, speaking of the diversity of the religious orders, says very well: ‘All religious orders have one spirit common to them all, and each has a spirit peculiar to itself.  The common spirit is the design they all have of aspiring after the perfection of charity; but the peculiar spirit of each is the means of arriving at that perfection of charity – that is to say, at the union of our souls with God, and with our neighbor through the love of God.’  Coming next to the special spirit of the institute he had founded together with Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, the Bishop of Geneva declares that it is ‘a spirit of profound humility towards God and of great sweetness towards our neighbor, inasmuch as there is less rigor towards the body, so much the more sweetness must there be in the heart.’  And because ‘this Congregation has been so established that no great severity may prevent the weak and infirm from entering it and given themselves up to the perfection of divine love,” he adds playfully: ‘If there be any sister so generous and courageous as to wish to attain perfection in a quarter of an hour by doing more than the Community does, I would advise her to humble herself and be content to become perfect in three days, following the same course as the rest.  For a great simplicity must always be kept in all things: to walk simply, that is the true way for the Daughters of the Visitation, a way exceedingly pleasing to God and very safe.

………”Do all things without haste, gently as do the angels: follow the guidance of the divine movements, and be supple to Grace; God wills us to be like little children.”

———–End Quote————

“Playful” or not, I think that stricture above about the race going to those who make slow, steady effort of improvement, instead of those who on download (5)occasion make great outbursts of effort and then, as often as not, slip back into older, less edifying modes of existence, is so important.  There are some folks who, on occasion, get a great burst of “spiritual energy,” and throw themselves into some spiritual exercise or practice of mortification, only to give up because it is too tiring, too hard, or too boring.  That is not a very efficacious means of advancing in the spiritual life.  No, many Saints indicate that such advancement in the practice of virtue and growth in adherence to God’s will for us is a practice of steady work at prayer and fasting, self-denial, learning, practice, failure, Confession, re-commitment, etc. on and on throughout our lives.

Ours is a race that does not necessarily go to the swiftest, but to the ones who stay the course, who are around to finish the race.  And as we never know just when our particular race will be over, we must remain constantly vigilant not to fall into sin and error, and to remain perpetually in the state of Grace that will permit our salvation.

I pray you found the above useful!  May God sustain us all in this race of our lives!

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REMINDER: Seeking local men to take stand against the perverse culture August 22, 2014

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Wow, that lede almost started out like a really bad personal ad.

So, I while back I broached the idea of getting a group of men together to give some witness outside some of the many “gentlemen’s clubs” (what a ludicrous euphemism) in this Diocese of Dallas.  The hope was to find 8 or 10 men willing to do so, to have a large enough group to hopefully insure at least 3 or 4 men would be able to participate on any given night.  I think 3 or 4 is the minimum number for safety.  I hoped to maybe make this a monthly or bi-weekly effort, and if it grew, possibly more frequently.

However, my initial request only netted two responses from locals.  I do thank you gentlemen profusely for your willingness to take a stand and remind men of their marriage vows, the perversity of such places, and the denigration of women that occurs therein.  Unfortunately, I don’t think 3 is going to be enough to make a start of this.

So I am asking local men, you don’t have to be Mater Dei parishioners, to strongly consider taking some really concrete action to oppose the growing immorality of our times.  There are so many reasons to take this one small action.  First and foremost, there are souls at stake.  Secondly, these places are gateway drugs for much more advanced immorality – not just drunkenness transitioning to hard drug use and addiction (most “dancers” are addicts), but also from parading one’s naked body to out and out prostitution.  Thirdly, these places were some of the first public occurrences of really lewd and lascivious behavior that became legal under ludicrous interpretations of ideas such as “freedom of expression.”  I can’t think of a better place to start rolling back the culture of death.  Fourth, we all like to think we are very good and holy and just doing all we can for ourselves, our families, and our communities, but is that really the case?

These places are a cancer on the whole culture.  You may not think these kinds of places have any bearing on you and your family, but you are mistaken.  They discolor and disorder the entire culture.  The very existence of these places is an offense against God, His Church, and good morals.

I don’t want to belabor the point, but I would find it kind of depressing if I can’t find even 8 or 10 other men to join me in trying to give some peaceful, prayerful witness outside these establishments.  I know we will experience 99% rejection and even hostility, but I am also completely confident at least a few souls will be reached if they are reminded how offensive these places truly are.

So please leave a comment or e-mail me!  You locals know who I am, by and large.  Again, you don’t have to go to Mater Dei (even though, the clubs are less than 10 minutes from many MDers who live in Irving).  I pray another 5 or 6 men will step forward to help get this started!  I have to believe there are at least that many men who read this blog who care enough to take part and have one night free a month!

Either way, God bless you.  Thank you for even listening to my whinge.

PS – I hope you can see how taking part in this activity may not only help the souls of others, but your own.

God be praised! Consecrated Host to be used in OKC black mass ostensibly returned! – UPDATED August 21, 2014

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If this is true, and it seems it is, God be praised to the skies!  He overcomes all His foes!  And the many prayers offered up probably played a critical role in this very unexpected development!  I have to leave, perhaps more tomorrow, but here is the report from a CatholicVote mailing:

The Consecrated Host is back in the hands of Archbishop Coakley and the Catholic Church.

Deo Gratias!

Additionally, the Satanists have agreed to sign a statement saying that they will not use a Consecrated Host in a black mass – if it happens.

Talk about a great victory!

I work in politics. There are many important battles on Capitol Hill, in our federal courts, and at the ballot box.

But I’ll be totally honest: This victory is perhaps the most important one of them all!

The Satanists thought they had us against the ropes. It’s a public forum and we couldn’t stop them from performing their “ceremony.” They even went so far as to brag about having a Consecrated Host!

But that’s where they crossed the line.

Our friend, attorney Michael Caspino, sprung into action. Lifted by the prayers of Catholics all across the country – and with the support of Archbishop Coakley — Caspino fought back against the Satanists in court.

And we won. We won for Jesus.

The Satanists might still hold a black mass, but promised that they won’t do so with a Consecrated Host. So let’s continue praying to Saint Michael, in thanksgiving for his powerful intercession.

Yes let us continue praying, for the cancellation of this perverse mass and the conversion of those so lost as to desire to put it on.

UPDATE:  I see a number of commenters are skeptical that the consecrated Host will be returned.  Indeed, it would be impossible to prove, absent a great miracle, whether the Host in question is consecrated or not.  And satanists, being a group that is almost proud of its immorality, are dubious sources at best.  But, I understand there is some backstory and some investigation that has gone on into the history of this Host, how it was obtained, and whether there are more.  I agree that a black mass cannot be held without the violation of a Host – that is its entire aim and intent.  So pressure should remain very heavy to get this black mass cancelled, and the request below to contact the authorities in OKC remains, I think, very necessary.

Even more necessary is continued prayer and fasting.  If the the sole Host these satanists possess has indeed been turned over, then that would be a great proof of God’s pleasure at the prayers and sacrifices offered up heretofore, and would be a positive indication that further spiritual warfare would turn the entire matter around.

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Updates on the Oklahoma City black mass debacle August 21, 2014

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So in spite of many souls who abstained from meat in the Diocese of Tulsa (at the behest of Bishop Edward Slattery) and elsewhere, it appears the diabolical black mass is still planned for the OKC civic center next month.  At this point, organizers are asking poeple to call the OKC mayor and city council.  There is also some more background from someone who has already called and spoken with Oklahoma City officials:

Debbie Martin, from the OK mayor’s office, returned my call this morning.  She was very sympathetic and said that although the mayor and council all opposed the black mass, the city attorney had informed them that they couldn’t deny the rental of the space because of freedom of speech.  I thanked her for her opposition (I’m sure all those opposed haven’t heard “thank you” enough), and pointed out three possible ideas, which she said she would pass along to the attorney.

  1. The Eucharist is stolen property (already under investigation)
  2. OK State law prohibits blasphemy
  3. This group already states that their services is a perversion of the Catholic mass (which implies that it is anti-religion, not religion, which would have been constitutionally protected).

Debbie also stated that police officers would be attending the “event” to make sure laws are not violated, and to make arrests, if needed.

I also heard from a board member that this event had occurred last year, [this is different from what I thought. I read somewhere they had attempted it but switched to a private venue last year] but apparently only one person attended in the audience.  I wasn’t aware of that.  May all the prayers and good efforts this year overwhelm all the evil from these events and put a stop to them, at least on public property.

Please keep up the calls, especially to Heaven

Yes, especially the last part.  Here is a list of numbers to call. Would you strongly consider, in your charity, calling at least one of the below?  From what I have gathered, calls to the Mayor and/or city council members are most likely to be effective.  They are listening, apparently, even if they feel – maybe conveniently, maybe not – bullied by their attorney into having to allow this blasphemous travesty.  I am skeptical the OKC city council would allow something particularly offensive to pentecostals or baptists, but who knows? Even if true, that would not necessarily prove prejudice, but could simply reveal lack of understanding of the actual Christian Faith, which is of course the Catholic Faith – and the utterly central role the Mass plays in that Faith.

Mayor Oklahoma City, Mike Cornett, 405-297-2424

City Councilmen:

James Greiner 405-297-2404

Dr. Ed Shadid 405-297-2402

Larry McAtee 405-297-2404

Pete White 405-297-2402

David Greenwell 405-297-2569

Meg Salyer 405-297-2402

John A. Pettis Jr. 405-297-2569

Patrick J. Ryan 405-297-2404

 

The following are some of the members of the Board of Directors of the OKC Civic Center:

Elizabeth Gray (she is a Catholic, I am told)

Walters Power International

2915 N. Classen Blvd. #400

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

405-528-2860

Mark Funke

Bank SN

6301 Waterford Blvd. #101

Oklahoma City, OK  73113

405-427-4000

Carl Edwards

Price Edwards & Company

210 Park Avenue #1000

OKC, OK  73102

405-843-7474

You know what leftists, and especially sodomites do, right?  They would picket and threaten the places these commissioners work for, asking them how they could allow such a raging anti-sodomite “bigot” (i.e., someone who understands marriage to mean what it has always meant) to work for them?  Such tactics are immoral and unfair, but have been startlingly effective.  It is through such pressure tactics that many folks have been “converted” to the embrace of rank immorality, as it is much easier to just go along to get along.

The following is Bishop Slattery’s announcement from August 4, 2014 of his Diocese’s response to this black mass, which included the aforementioned period of fasting/abstinence, in which many good souls participated (I know some local priests did).  The video below, when I watched it two weeks ago, really impressed me, as I felt that Bishop Slattery conveyed true pain and umbrage at this most despicably evil of acts, conducted in broad daylight in full public view.  We are headed for most dark times, that such a thing would be permitted.  And if we ever needed conclusive evidence that this nation, founded on the false principle of “religious freedom” (or, officially endorsed agnosticism if not atheism), has a highly disordered system of political organization, I can’t think of a better example than this current one to give that proof. As we have seen over and over again of late, when it comes to made up rights like “freedom of expression” or even freedom of speech, they inevitably trump the purported “freedom of religion” and, even more, the rights of Jesus Christ our True and Sovereign King.  Thus, it certainly appears that very soon, sodomites will be able to petition the government to try to force churches to change their teachings and commit depraved acts of immorality in order to suit them.  And furthermore, it appears the government is growing more and more amenable to doing so every day.  Which only proves that any nation not founded with Jesus Christ as its visible head is profoundly disordered and doomed to eventual failure, and by failure I mean cruel repression of religion.  Anyway, the video, and watch closely from 1:15-1:30 for Bishop Slattery’s obvious pain at the idea of profanation of the Blessed Sacrament:

Late breaking, critical announcement from Medj “visionaries!” – UPDATED August 21, 2014

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This is a topic I have always avoided touching with a ten foot pole, because it always turns into a big furball with no end in sight.  If the comments degrade, I’ll cut’em off.  Against my better angels of my judgment, I’m going ahead with this short post.

So a member of my wife’s blessedly large, Catholic family is pretty into Medj.  Apparently, one of the, ahem, visionaries, has claimed to have received a “critically important” message from our Blessed Mother regarding the world, stating that the ongoing wars in the Mideast will spread around the world and that people must pray to stop this from happening. As such, the visionary says Our Lady is asking everyone to stop at 6:30 pm every day to pray three Ave’s.

So here is my question……..don’t we already do that, and isn’t it called the Angelus?  Yes, I know, it is typically at 6, and not 6:30, but does Our Lady want both?  Or stop the Angelus and do just the three Hail Mary’s at 6:30, or?  And don’t Catholics normally pray for peace, and end to awful persecutions and suffering, etc?

It is amazing how topical the Medj visionaries ceaselessly tend to be. That’s certainly conducive to keeping people’s interest up.  It is also amazing how much evidence they give of being quite unfamiliar with the great Tradition of the Church.

UPDATE: So I guess it’s a hoax, in the sense that the seer in question claims not to have made this particular revelation.  But the interesting thing is, it has been picked up and reported as valid by many pro-Medj sites.  Why might that be?  Could it be due to the many similar such prophetic announcements made in the past?  And as far as the main message of the post goes, pray the Angelus!  Hopefully we don’t need a Slavic seer to get us to do that!

Speaking of furballs, this is more to my liking:

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Saint Peter Julian Eymard on hell, and the danger of falling therein August 21, 2014

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Some quite salutary words from the Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Peter Julian Eymard.  From The Eymard Library, Vol. 7, The Eucharist and Christian Perfection II:

Here is a scene which has remained profoundly etched in my memory and which will give you an idea of the sufferings of despair.  In 1852, a man possessed by the devil was brought to me.  He was an excellent man and, in his well moments, an exemplary Christian.  The devil spoke through his mouth; he blasphemed against the duration of his ceaseless punishment.  A priest who was present said to him, “What conditions would you consent to put up with to obtain a gleam of hope in a million years?”  At this point, the demon, who said that he had been a seraph in Heaven by the name of Astaroth, illumined the face of the possessed with a sinister gleam and said to us in a voice hissing with rage, “IF from hell to Heaven there were a column all bristling with scythes, with sabres, and other sharp instruments, and it were necessary to climb up on it every day for a million years, we would all do it just to have one minute of hope; but it is useless!”  And blaspheming with rage and anger, he hurled imprecations agaisnt God. “oh,” he said to us, “how unjust God is!  You men sinned a thousand times more often than we.  We sinned only once, and you renew your crimes every day.  Nevertheless, He pardons you.  All His love is for you; for us there is only the revenge of justice!”  And he tore out his hair in despair; he would have killed himself if we had not prevented him. [Twothings.  1, I pray the priest in question was a trained exorcist, since demons are such skilled and inveterate liars, possessing an intellect that towers in comparison to the most brilliant men, it is advised never to discourse with a demon.  It can be done by highly trained exorcists for certain purposes, but most priests and certainly lay people should never do so, unless under the specific direction of an exorcist.  2. St. Thomas describes angelic nature as very different from human.  Because they are pure spirit, and equipped with an intellect that is so massive, once they make a decision to sin, or to be virtuous, that decision was made for all time.  Of course, they also exist outside of time, so this comparison to the "one" (but ongoing, for all time) sin of demons, to the "many" disparate sins of men in time, is really a false comparison.  The demons made their choice to reject God once they found out God was going to save disgusting creatures made out of mud by dying for them, and that choice was permanent, for the reasons given above.  Angelic nature cannot really change, in the human sense, once they make a moral decision of this type, they are really locked into it forever. That is my gleaning from the Summa, anyway, I am no expert on St. Thomas]

Observe, moreover, in the Scriptures, the unfortunate rich man in hell.  He supplicates father Abraham to give him a drop, a single drop of water, to moisten his parched lips.  “But Abraham said, ‘My son, remember that thou didst receive thy good fortune in thy life-time……there is a great gulf fixed between us and you, so that ther eis no passing from our side of it to you, no crossing over to us from yours.” (Lk XVI:25-26)  Do you hear that?  This man had committed none of those great crimes which human justice punishes; he had simply enjoyed the good things of the world too much.  He is condemned without hope, without consolation, forever and ever!

…..But above all, what must be the sufferings of those who acted well during the greater part of their lives, like the priest Saprise, spoken of in the History of the Church. [I do not know work St. Eymard is referencing]  He had ever suffered the first torments of martyrdom, but was not able to preserve to the end!  These are the real despairing ones, the damned who suffer the most.  They had loved God; they had a foretaste of eternal happiness while serving God, and now they see themselves cast out forever!  Forever; for there are, says the Sage, three chasms that have no bottom: avarice, death, and hell!

The conclusion for us is to live in wholesome fear, to work out our salvation in awe and trembling.  There are certainly in hell many who have sinned less than I!  How good God has been not to strike me down at once after my sin!  And yet I deserved it.  If He had condemned me, I would have had nothing to say.  The murderer has no answer to give when he is condemned to death: that is the law of retaliation.  Yet any one of my mortal sins has put Jesus Christ to death; I am his executioner and His murderer!  

There are some in hell who were regarded as saints during their lifetime.  There are surely priests and religious there.  That could happen to me, for they were more saintly than I.

Therefore, how good God is not to have abandoned me!  ON the other hand, who knows whether I will persevere to the end; that is the great question.  I certainly want to; but will I always say that?

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That is certainly the purpose of this post. Will I always say that?  Will I always receive the Grace of repentance, and will I cooperate with that Grace?  We must bear in mind, as unpopular as such is today, even in the Church, Our Blessed Lord Himself said “narrow is the way that leads to salvation, and few there are that enter therein.”   He was not joking, nor exaggerating. All the evidence from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the testimony of many Saints and visionaries is that most souls – MOST SOULS – are lost.  Beg God that you be not one of them.

Examining the underlying errors of modern(ist) philosophy August 20, 2014

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I’ve been reading a very good book on philosophy by Edward Feser called The Last Superstition.  This book is a defense of Aristotle, Aquinas, and the gloriously whole and valid philosophy/theology known as Scholasticism, against the rank errors of modern philosophy (“modern,” in this sense, being anything since about 1500).  Like Christopher Ferrara’s Liberty: The God That Failed, Feser’s book demonstrates not only the massive errors of modernist, and especially endarkenment, philosophy, he also shows that modern philosophy and all its various antecedents; conceptualism, nominalism, rationalism, etc., were all devised with one primary intent in mind: to free man from the “tyranny” of being a creation of the living God, and to  put religion in its right place – that is, somewhere between an annoying hobby and a impolitic set of beliefs  forbidden in “polite” society.  The excerpt is long, I may have to break it into two parts, but here goes, from Chapter 5, Descent of the Modernists, from The Last Superstition:

But it is not only contemporary secularist progressives who regard this traditional [Catholic] worldview with horror; many early modern thinkers did too.  Consider that by the time Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes., et. al., were writing, Luther had already greatly extended Ockham’s individualist tendencies in religion and politics, replacing not only ecclesiastical authority  but also  (what he regarded as) the stifling and unbibilical system of Aristotelian Scholasticism with the primacy of individual conscience.  In his defense of divorce, he had (together with Henry VIII) inaugurated a revolution in social mores, undermining one of the traditional bulwarks of the stability of the family. [And we see, by the same inexorable illogic Luther and Henry VIII used, the continuing unraveling of marriage and advance of horrific immorality all around us today. It is a straight line from Luther's politically convenient (and motivated) embrace of divorce, and today's neo-Sodom]  John Calvin’s brand of protestantism had replaced the traditional emphasis on the spiritual dangers of wealth and benefits of poverty with a new affirmation of industry, thrift, and acquisition as Christian “virtues.”  Intentionally of not, the Reformation thus ushered in a new worldliness the practical results of which – increased wealth and an new sense of individual freedom – led to a desire for more of the same.  At the same time, its fragmentation of Christianity into hostile camps and the bloody conflicts that resulted made religion come to be seen as a dangerous source of social unrest; and its pitting of faith and the Bible against reason and philosophy increasingly made religion come to seem rationally unfounded as well.  So, while the ancients pursued wisdom and virtue for their own sakes, and the medievals applied ancient learning to shoring u p the claims of religion and directing man towards his destiny in the hereafter, the moderns, naturally enough given the new cultural climate that shaped their values and perceptions, sought to reorient intellectual endeavor to improving man’s lot in this life, and to defusing post-Reformation religious tensions by sowing a general skepticism about the possibility of attaining much in the way of religious knowledge, so that there’d be little left to fight over.  Hence Bacon’s conception of a new science that would give us mastery over nature, the promise of new technologies, and hope for making this world a fitting habitation for man.  Hence Locke’s aim of drawing definite limits to what was strictly knowable where religion was concerned, so as to put all conflicting creedal claims on an equally low epistemic footing and thereby to lay the predicate for his doctrine of religious toleration. [Which was really nothing but the promotion of indifference, and with his idea of the secular (or officially agnostic) state, the use of state force to help curtail deep religious belief, especially as acted in the public sphere.  From Locke's original and deliberate knee-capping of religion, we have advanced today, inexorably, to mass atheism and the rise of neo-paganism, as surely, and as predictably, as the rising of the sun.  And yet Locke is the paramour for the modern republican secular state, including our very own United States]

“And what is wrong with all that?” many readers will ask.  Well, there might be nothing at all wrong with it; and then again, there might be something very deeply wrong with it.  But the point for now is not to determine whether this project was good or bad, [It has been an unmitigated disaster from which Western Civilization, and possibly all of mankind, may never recover] but rather to emphasize that to a very great extent it was a desire to further the project, and not an actual refutation of Aristotle on particular merits, that moved modern thinkers away from his metaphysics.  The agenda determined the arguments rather than the other way around.  In particular, it determined an new conception of what science could and should be: not a search for the ultimate causes and meaning of things (as Aristotle and the Scholastics understood it) but rather a means of increasing “human utility and power” through the “mechanical arts” or technology (Bacon), and of making us “masters and possessors of nature” (Descartes).  Usefulness would replace wisdom, and pampering the body in this life would push aside preparing the soul for the next.  Hence modern science, far from refuting Aristotle’s metaphysics, was simply defined in such a way that nothing that smacked of Aristotelian formal and final causes and the like would be allowed to count as truly “scientific.”  There was no “discovery” here; there was only stipulation, naked assertion, and insistence on forcing every object of scientific investigation into a non-Aristotelian Procrustean bed, and – if necessary – simply denying the existence of anything that couldn’t be wedged in.  For the Aristotelian Scholastic categories led, in the view of thinkers like Locke, to a dangerous “dogmatism” in religious and philosophical matters.  (In other words, if we accept these categories, we’ll have to admit that the entire Scholastic system is more or less rationally unavoidable).  And in the Baconian view, they distract us from the one thing needful.  (In other words, if Aristotle is right, then we’ll end up spending more time contemplating first principles and the state of our souls and less time thinking up new gadgets and further ways to gorge and sex ourselves).  While the early modern philosophers and their contemporary successors quibble over this or that argument of Aristotle, Aquinas, etc., then, what they really don’t like are the conclusions.  Admit formal and final causes into the world, and at once you are stuck – rationally stuck – with God, the soul, and the natural law.  The modern, liberal, secular project becomes a non-starter.  So, “reason” must be redefined in a way that makes these conclusions impossible, or at elast severly weakened. The classical metaphysical categories, espeically Aritotelian and Thomistic ones, must be banished from science and philosophy altogether, by fiat.  The game must be rigged so that Aristotle and St. Thomas cannot even get onto the field……

You don’t have to take my word for it.  As philosopher Pierre Manent has put it, for the early modern philsophers, “in order to escape decisively from the power of the singular religious institution of the Church, one had to renounce thinking of human life in terms of its good or end” and the “pagan (classical Greek) idea that nature is naturally legislative.”  Hence it is the teaching of Aristotle, which was essentially adopted by Catholic Doctrine, that Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Locke will implacably destroy.”  [And even more, they deliberately set out to do so]

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I am very much out of time, but I hope the quote makes sense.  What it means, and there are numerous other quotes from contemporary philosophers and thinkers of other stripes which confirm the existence of the “project,” the project being to deliberately “escape” from the tyranny of God by rejecting the underlying philosophy – Scholasticism – which so finally and unavoidably proves His existence.  There is a reason the 12th and 13th centuries were a period of high flower for the Church and millions of souls, and that is because the people of that time accepted Scholasticism and understood that God, most certainly exists.  It must also be restated that Aristotelian Scholasticism has never, in any fundamental way, been “refuted” or shown to be false.  There are minor quibbles around the periphery, but the main arguments, the ideas of formal and final causes, have never been refuted.  They have been ignored and shoved aside in pursuit of the great, humanist project of liberalism (and note how, even 500 years ago, liberals used the same dirty rhetorical and argumentative tricks they are so fond of today).

The goal of modern philosophy and “science,” then, has been to prevent the Divine Foot from ever having a chance to enter the door of men’s minds.  And that goal has been thoroughly achieved.

Maybe more tomorrow.  The takeaway is, the entire liberal/modernist/rationalist/indifferentist project is one founded in error and in deliberate rejection of the greatest philosophical truth ever divined by man.  And that is why liberalism is generally so opposed to the good of souls.  It is also why modern man feels so profoundly lost and detached, that so many people feel their existence is random and devoid of meaning, because they have accepted too many of the claims of modernist liberalism.  It is a very straight line from Luther and the other early modern promoters of error, and the dire straights in which the culture staggers along today.  It is a very straight line, conceptually, from rejection of Scholasticism and Catholic Truth to “gay marriage” and freezing eggs to be grown in plastic decanters.

Priests in Name Only and Not in Deed August 20, 2014

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A very good sermon from a priest I’m sure some will recognize by voice.  It’s not very long, it is only 9 minutes.

This sermon was given in 2004 in the wake of the priest boy rape scandal.  I call it that, because over 80% of the victims were pubescent boys.  The priest alludes to Pope Pius XII and his instruction that men found to have problems of unchastity should be removed from the priesthood.  How much great suffering would have been avoided had that dictate been upheld!  From an official Vatican document of 1961: “Among the priests and signs of a divine vocation the virtue of chastity is regarded as absolutely necessary.  Should superiors find a student unequal to the task of keeping ecclesiastical celibacy and practicing priestly chastity, then completely ignoring any other outstanding qualities they must bar him from the religious life and the priesthood.  Advance ment ot religious vows and ordination should be barred to those afflicted with evil tendencies [towards sodomy] since doing so would constitute serious dangers”

It is actually a great work of charity by the Church to bar such men from the priesthood, because admitting them to that holy and august office would expose them both to much greater temptation, and would also mean that they would be judged so much more severely by God for having taken on such an vital role in the Church.

See what you make of the rest.  I think it’s very, very good, and still timely 10 years later.  I fear the problem, so to speak, has only gone further to ground:

FW Bishop Olson announces he is moving to put in place TLM parish August 20, 2014

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A document was released by the Diocese of Fort Worth several days ago that had to do with the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei’s “ruling” regarding Bishop Olson’s abrogating Fisher-More College’s ability to offer the Traditional Latin Mass.  That matter certainly caused enormous sturm and drang early this year, but since the college no longer exists as a place where students would physically go to live and matriculate, and thus desire regular access to the Mass, PCED considered the matter now moot and resolved of its own accord.  The entire sad affair played out exactly as many of us locals predicted it would.

But that’s not the interesting part.  The interesting part, to me, is that Bishop Olson has confirmed something that has been rumored for a while, which is that he is considering standing up a TLM parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth, one that will probably be administered by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:

On July 24, 2014 I received a letter dated July 17, 2014 from Archbishop Pozzo informing me that the Pontifical Council Ecclesia Dei considers the matter involving the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at Fisher More College to be closed.  It is my sincere hope hat all of us in the Diocese of Fort Worth might now be able to move past this recent unpleasantness for the sake of the mission of the Church.  With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Diocese of Fort Worth is considering, as part of the development of an overall pastoral plan, the establishment of an independent parish devoted to the Extraordinary From and entrusted to capable priests.

I think that’s great and something very much in our prayers.  The FSSP monthly newsletter for August covered Bishop Olson’s presiding at Mass last month in great detail.  I believe, and have been told, Bishop Olson was very impressed with the Mass, the priests, and the laity.  From what I understand (possibly mixed in with a bit of pious hope), whether to have a regular TLM parish in Fort Worth is less a matter of will or desire, and more one of logistics at this point.  The Fraternity has more requests for parishes than it can meet, so it may be some time before the request could be met.

As I said, that last bit is perhaps exaggerated, all we know for certain is that Bishop Olson enjoyed the Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption last month and is “considering” the establishment of a TLM parish.

Here is one Catholic praying this consideration becomes reality, and soon!

Please Pray for Father Michael Rodriguez! August 20, 2014

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A little birdie has communicated to me that Father Michael Rodriguez’ situation in the Diocese of El Paso may be increasing in difficulty.  There is nothing certain or public, of course, but due to his steadfast proclamation of the Truth and his firm attachment to all Holy Mother Church believes, he has become a veritable pariah among his brother priests in that Diocese.  There is a new bishop in El Paso, Mark Seitz, and Bishop Seitz has done a good thing or two in his short time there, but Father Rodriguez’ position remains quite awkward.  He is still serving in the furthest possible extremity of the Diocese in Presidio, Candelaria, and his “home” in Shafter.

Probably many readers have a list of priests they pray for. Or perhaps you pray for all priests.  And I’m also confident many of my good readers already maintain Fr. Rodriguez in your prayers, but on the off chance you don’t, please pray for this good and holy priest who has done so much to bring the great Tradition of the Church to many starving souls.  I cannot go into detail, but some of the things I’m being told are quite dark, quite worrisome.  So please keep him in your prayers!

Thank you and God bless you!

Dominus vobiscum!

Below, a few videos from Father Rodriguez.  He hasn’t been making any lately, and there is, of course, a reason for that.

I do miss hearing from good Father Rodriguez!  Maybe he could join the Fraternity (but I won’t hold my breath):

By the way, you can help Father Rodriguez, JMJHF productions, and many other good Catholic resources by supporting the Saint Vincent Ferrer Foundation.  They provide a great deal of assistance to Father Rodriguez, some Carmelite monks associated with his apostolate, and other good works.  This is a tax deductible foundation.

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