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More on St. Joseph March 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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Here’s another wonderful prayer – the Litany of St. Joseph.  If you pray this daily you will experience great spiritual growth.

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Christ, have mercy.
R/ Christ, have mercy.

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Jesus, hear us.
R/ Jesus, graciously hear us.

V/ God, the Father of Heaven,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ God, the Holy Spirit,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ Holy Trinity, One God,
R/ have mercy on us.

 R/for ff: pray for us.

Holy Mary,
St. Joseph,
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
R/ have mercy on us.

He made him the lord of his household.
R/ And prince over all his possessions.

 Let us pray. O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. R/ Amen.

Don’t forget – tomorrow is the Solemnity of St. Joseph March 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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Ah, the great, good St. Joseph.  My favorite saint.  And such a powerful saint.  Imagine, being given charge over God Incarnate!  Such an awesome responsibility, at first, even one so holy and noble as St. Joseph demured, until an angel appeared in a dream to assure him that he was truly intended for this most august responsibility.  His Solemnity is tomorrow, March 19.  Since a Solemnity is the highest feast in the Church, the normal Friday Lenten sacrifices do not apply, if you choose not to follow them.  You may eat meat, and you can give up your other Lenten sacrifices should you choose to do so.  But just for the day, there is no Octave with this Solemnity.

St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Our Church, of the Family, of a happy death, of priestly vocations, and of workers.  As St. Teresa of Avila wrote “I have never asked anything of him which I did not obtain.”  St. Joseph loves all of us, and he wants to be a special guardian and protectors of families and fathers.  The novena to St. Joseph normally ends on his feast day, but you can also start on his feast day.  There is never a bad time to ask for St. Joseph’s intercession.  During this time of trial in the Church and world, would you consider in your charity saying a novena of prayers asking for St. Joseph to intercede for the Church?   EWTN has such a novena here.

You can also say a more compressed prayer:

O Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands, to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from teh tender Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special favor we now implore (state intention). 

O Glorious St. Joseph, through the love that you bore to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of his name, deign to hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.  O Jesus, Mary, and Jseph, come to our assistance.

Some nuns have a different take…. March 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, Society.
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…..on this health care disaster legislation.  The CMSWR, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, which consists of women’s religious orders faithful to Rome, the doctrine of the Faith, and is filled with vibrant, hopeful young women, has issued their own statement regarding the health care legislation, that their take is decidedly different than the LCWR. 

When I think of the Nashville Dominicans, the Benedictines at the Priory of Ephesus, the Poor Claires of  Perpetual Adoration, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, the Passionists in Kentucky, all members of CMSWR, it just makes me want to say……what joy and radiance!

Mother Mary Quentin Statement on Health Care Proposal

Why did the LCWR support Obamacare? March 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Society.
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As I reported yesterday, the Sisters of LCWR, have thrown in their lot with Obamacare.   I was not at all surprised by this.  Some may be asking why.  Steve Kellmeyer has added his analysis, which I think gives a partial explanation.   Steve feels this has to do largely with the nuns personal fear that their retirements will not be paid for by the orders they have so succeeded in destroying.  And so, in their desperation, they are literally praying the Obamacare will provide health care for them in their final years.  Steve explains why this is probably a forlorn hope. 

The orders represented by LCWR are rapidly dying out, most have had no new vocations in decades.  Young, faithful women are not attracted to perpetual rage and radical feminist dogma.  There are no young sisters available to care for the elderly among them.  These orders have an average age in excess of 70, and a median age closer to 75.  They are not long for this world, and I am certain that many of them suffer from severe financial insecurity (but, at the same time, some of these nuns are selling off Church property and buying condos in Arizona).   I do not want any of these sisters to suffer.  Their situation is a dire one, but I don’t know of an easy answer save the generosity of faithful Catholics to, out of compassion, aid these women who have done so much damage to the faith.  That their circumstances are largely self-inflicted does not deter our call to charity, no matter how difficult doing so may be.

However, I think the issue of financial concerns only partially explains the LCWR’s support for Obamacare.  I think the main reason is this: the entire leadership of LCWR and the orders it represents has become completely suffused with a radical leftist ideology, and thus they naturally support any effort to expand government’s reach, especially in such a key area as health care.  Health care represents the keys to the kingdom for a socialist government.  If a society is willing to turn its most personal and private decisions, regarding their own health, over to the government, that society is willing to suffer any kind of socialist intrusion into their lives.  In all the societies of Europe, all with socialist governments of one form or another, the process always began with government taking over the heath care industry.  Once that is achieved, and the citizens become accustomed to this massive government interference in their private affairs, anything else the government takes over seems reasonable.  And make no mistake, Obamacare will lead to a socialist, single payer health care system in this country.  All the democrat leadership has promised their radical base that it will be so.  It has happened in every other country this form of ‘reform’ has been executed.  I will happen here.  So, this final move towards establishing a socialist government in this country fits in perfectly with the preferred politics of the leadership of LCWR and the orders it represents.  That is not to say there are not still devout nuns within these orders, but their leadership is overwhelmingly of a left-wing orientation.  Their support for Obamacare may have a dimension of self-interest, but it generally fits in with their preferred political views.  And, it is sad to say, a very large number of these nuns, so infused are they with the rhetoric of radical feminism, that they personally support abortion on demand, so that hasn’t even been an issue for them.  Obamacare is win-win, it advances the political preferences and it could solve part of the problem of funding their retirement.

The fact that the bishops are so against this, the fact that abortion is so counter to the Faith that even running the risk of paying for it is unacceptable, doesn’t enter into their thinking.  Unfortunately, for most of the members of LCWR, as indicated by their own writings and statements, the idea of a Faith with unshakeable doctrines is as obsolete as the habits they discarded so long ago.

Sr. Mary Persico, President, Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, addressing her fellow congregants.  That is just sad.

Support Rep. Bart Stupak! March 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Society.
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With the endless ongoing ‘debate’ on the pending socialist makeover of America health care legislation, Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) has figured large.  He, and his few democrat pro-life cohorts, have managed to help prevent a vote on this legislation with their steadfast adherence to at least minimal pro-life positions.  Because of this, Stupak has been a target, not just for the usual arm-twisting political tactics, but also for outright hostility and persecution.  As the leader of the atrophied democrat pro-life caucus, Stupak has been the focal point for all the rage and spittle-flecked vitriol supporters of this disaster can manage.  And, believe me, that is quite alot. 

Rep. Stupak deserves our support!  If you are a faithful Catholic and live in dread fear of seeing your tax dollars paying for abortions in this country, would you in your charity consider sending a message to Rep. Stupak indicating your support for his efforts to remain true to the doctrine of the Catholic Church?   He could really use messages of support for his efforts right now.  I have just sent one. 

You can e-mail Rep. Stupak here, although you’ll have to say you’re from Michigan, otherwise it won’t accept your e-mail. (Use zip code 49707).

Or, you can write or call at the below:

Rep. Bart Stupak
2268 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225 4735
(202) 225 4744 – Fax