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Awesome advice July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Society.
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One of the very best things about becoming a blogger is finding and discovering other Catholic blogs run by people striving to live the Faith to their utmost.  I just found another blog today, which probably shows how myopic I am, since I think it’s pretty well known, called Abbey RoadsThere is a great post there about spiritual warfare and devotion to the Blessed Mother:

Today, when there is such an emphasis upon peace and justice, some Catholics do not like using the terms, spiritual warfare, combat, battle, or always hearing phrases such as ‘we are at war’ and so on.  Yet that is what the Christian life has always been, it is a struggle – an intense, knock down, drag out fight, a very real spiritual combat:  To quote St. Paul, ‘Our battle is not just against human forces, but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above.’ [Ephesians 6]

This is why true devotion to Our Lady is so important in our day.  We need to draw close to the Blessed Virgin in prayer, through some form of daily devotion, be it so simple as the devotion of the Three Hail Marys, the Little Office, or the Rosary.  Of all devotions the Rosary is the most highly recommended and something Our Lady herself has requested.  Therefore it is accessible to all – it just takes practice to incorporate into our daily lives – especially when most of us are busy with work, daily necessities and family obligations.

It is always good to remember that the desire to pray is in itself a prayer.  Then, making the effort to pray five decades of the Rosary is better than not trying at all.  Praying the Rosary amid distractions is better than not praying at all.  Using a tape to pray along in the recitation is an immense help.  Use the tape in the car, while out for a walk or a run, while cleaning – it is a great help to accustom a person to the prayers of the Rosary.  Pray the Rosary alone or with others, and use artwork depicting the mysteries – images train the mind to meditate – one is thereby able to focus upon the mystery, upon the person.  Don’t worry so much about distractions or temptations during prayer – be humble about them – let them come and go while you continue to breathe the prayer – in the Spirit.  If you can only pray one decade – it’s a good start – in fact you can pray one decade in the morning, another at lunch, another on the way home from work – after which you will only have two left.  Eventually you figure out how to pray the Rosary every day. 

And when you begin to pray – to really pray – prepare yourself for trials.  Whenever you embark upon anything good in the spiritual life, the combat begins.  Sometimes that can be a sign to “do even more” as St. Paul says. 

Now, the blog owner identifies himself as a gay man.  He has my utmost respect, because he makes plain that he is striving to the Faithful to the doctrine of the Church regarding his sexuality (and all other matters).  This is all we can do.  As I said yesterday, many, many of us have significant crosses to bear, and many of us have aspects of our personality that would love nothing more than to turn away from that Doctrine, or to mold it into something that would allow us to do as we wsh.  I used the analogy of addiction, which I think has quite a bit of merit but which many may reject, because that is something from my own experience that I have to struggle with.  But I do not curse God for making me an addict – I pray I never do, but I know that I could.   I have that within me. 

I pray that many more will with same sex attraction will support Courage, a Catholic organization that seeks to help homosexuals practice a fully Catholic Faith, to the best of their ability.  I’m sure many fail at times, just like many addicts do.  The important part is to try our best to be Faithful to the Truth of Christ, and not demand that it be changed to suit our fancy.

Nuns with record deal receive death threat July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sickness, Society.
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Oh, the left is SO tolerant.  Especially that portion of the left, which is most of it, that is in total favor of the radical homosexual agenda.  Recently, a group of cloistered Benedictine nuns from an Abbey in France won a recording contract with Universal Music.  The nuns uploaded a bit of their Gregorian Chant to a website (which one is not reported), and in the comments section below the video received a number of death threats!  Talk about your demonic influence and spiritual warfare at play – my Lord what a horror!  If any of you have ever been around cloistered nuns, I think you will agree that it is nearly impossible to find people more peaceful, loving, and generous than these women who give their lives totally over to the worship of God Almighty.  That they have received a number of death threats in response to their music is a strong an indication as I’ve seen of the profound sickness in this world.

Even if you’re all twisted off at the Catholic Church, and think it spews nothing but venom and hate (which is exactly what satan wants people to think), how sick do you have to be to want to kill nuns?  Peaceful, contemplative nuns, who do nothing but  worship God all day and pray for the world.  Without such contemplatives, the world would be a much worse place, and it has become so as the number of cloistered religious fell off a cliff beginning in about 1965 (uh…..what else happened around then?). 

But, that trend is changing.  Now, the Church, especially in the United States, has been blessed with an increasing number of women who want to dedicate their lives completely to Christ.  We must pray continually for more vocations to religious life.  This is such a crucial vocation, and it sometimes gets forgotten with all the prayers for more priests (which are also needed!).  Would you, in your chairty, pray for more female and male, orthodox religious?  Could you be bold enough to encourage your child to accept such a vocation if they feel called to it?  I know it’s completely countercultural, perhaps as countercultural a statement as one can make, but it is also so necessary for the Church and the world.  If God, with his Grace and human acceptance thereof, Wills to move men and women to devote their lives to Christ, I pray we may all provide all the encouragement possible. 

Dominus vobiscum!

NOTE: these are not the Benedictines with the recording contract, but the Benedictines at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticutt.

One more nail in the coffin – episcopals working on ‘gay marriage’ rite July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Ecumenism, General Catholic, scandals.
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It’s going to be interesting to see what becomes of the episcopal church by the time I’m old and grey (about 75 years from now, because I’m 12 year old – or act like it).  I have been predicting its demise for some time, but I could be wrong – it could become a haven for a new form of “Christianity” that focuses almost exclusively on politically correct leftist feel goodery.  My impression has been that such folks aren’t really all that interested in building up a church – they like to have one available for weddings and funerals, occasionally at Christmas and Eastertide, but beyond that, they’re not too keen on “giving” or “being involved.”  We’ll see.

The latest case in point: the episcopal church USA has authorized a ‘seminary’ in Berkely (you think that seminary is Christocentric?!) to begin to formulate the rite to “marry” gays.   An interesting side note: the seminary’s work is being financed by a grant from a gay rights organization.  And I try to tell people that a very well funded gay lobby has been trying to push the gay agenda on churches for decades!  Silly me! 

And so, the episcopal church USA has once again slung mud in the eye of the Anglican Communion, which has “forbidden” it to have gay bishops, to favor abortion, and, now, to “marry” gays.  The US church is the biggest problem in anglicanism, and is in the vanguard of the headlong slide of traditional protestant denominations into oblivion.

For those episcopalians/Anglicans that won’t, can’t belong to a church that sanctions not just the acceptance, but the outright celebration of what has always been viewed as perverted acts by all of Christendom until recently, there is an alternative.  No, the Catholic Church is not perfect, as it is made up of sinners, but it IS the Church Christ founded when he gave the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter, and it is the only Church to possess the Fullness of Truth.  There are ways for Anglicans to come into Full Union with the Church that Christ founded.  I know it seems hard.  I was once an episcopalian, and for a while after my conversion to please my wife, I was somewhat resentful.  But Christ has moved me, and this Church, this Mystical Body, is so full of wonder and majesty and mystery and all the virtues we all need so desperately, I cannot imagine living without it.  I think you will find the same glories I have found if you come, and if you open yourself up to the action of the Holy Spirit.  St. Thomas Acquinas said that a rejection of one Truth is a rejection of all Truth.  Can you remain in a Church that rejects the Truth as a point of doctrine?  Pray about it.  I pray for all of you every night.

Postmodern Art is NOT compatible with Catholicism July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic.
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I’m taking this directly from the wonderful and helpful orbiscatholicus, because something so obvious and wonderfully direct needs to be said, and re-said again:

We sure don’t see the below in our churches very often anymore. 

Are Catholic blogs beginning to have an effect? July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic.
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On Wednesday this week, the USCCB hosted a webinar entitled “Faitful Catholic Media: Continuing the Conversation.”  In this conversation, a Bishop of Zavala, auxiliary of Los Angeles, had some rather negative words to say for Catholic blogs:

“As I talked with brother bishops in preparation for this presentation, there was consistent agreement that one aspect that is most alarming to us about media is when it becomes un-Christian and hurtful to individuals,” he said. “We are particularly concerned about blogs that engage in attacks and hurtful judgmental language. We are very troubled by blogs and other elements of media that assume the role of magisterium and judge others in the church.”

Zavala stated instead, that Catholic media, like National Catholic Distorter and Commonweal, are “civil and respectful.”  That’s lovely.  Even though Commonweal and National Catholic Distorter frequently cross the line into dissent and well over it into heresy (especially the latter), they are “civl and respectful,” and thus, beyond reproach.  Of course, the fact that a certain percentage of our Episcopate, carrying on the tradition of Bernadin, Weakland, and Gumbleton, and others, supports the “vision” of the Church espoused in the Distorter probably plays a part in it.  It seems that little the dissent and heresy crowd does seems to much bother the USCCB, while those who call for greater orthodoxy and adherence to the great Tradition of the Church are some of the least popular people among the national conference.  I should note, as well, that when Bishop Zavala refers to “Catholic media,” he is also not including EWTN, the most successful Catholic media operation EVER in the United States.  Recall what the ever so gracious Cardinal Mahoney said to Mother Angelica, as reported in her book: “One day, you’ll be gone, and then we’ll get your network.”  Mother Angelica shortly thereafter turned EWTN into a lay-run network, beyond the reach of the USCCB forever.

But, there is some good news.  It seems all is not well in Catholic media land.  In fact, most diocesan newspapers bleed red ink, and the major national Catholic periodicals are in dire financial straits, as well, to the effect that they have requested USCCB provide economic assistance (rather consistent with the handout the MSM has been looking for).  The USCCB is apparently unable to comply with that request at this time.  I’ll make you a prediction – most Catholic newspapers and magazines will be gone within 10 years, 15 on the outside.  The same changing market forces that are dooming secular periodicals are going to doom their Catholic counterparts, unless the bureaucrats at the USCCB manage to convince the USCCB to put NCR and others on life support.

So, a bit of advice for the USCCB.  You might want to stop attacking blogs, and start listening to them.  You might want to even start befriending quite a few of them, because in a couple of decades, you will need favorable coverage from blogs read by tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands daily.  And the Catholic blogosphere is overwhelmingly orthodox.  It would probably behoove the USCCB to perhaps re-evaluate its media relationships going forward, the environment the bishops became accustomed to after Vatican II is near death, if not dead already.

St. John’s Valdosta has more.   I love this quote from Acquinas: “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”