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A long post on women wearing veils at Mass October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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A priest at New Theological Movement has a post up examining the subject of women veiling at Mass, examined from a viewpoint of Thomist reasoning (St. Thomas Acquinas still inspires much of the philosophy behind the mind of the Church.  It’s mostly an exposition on 1 COR 11:1-16, but he explains St. Paul’s exhortation to women to veil when in church or praying(!) from the light of Thomist logic.  It’s definitely interesting.  If you have an interest in veiling, or wonder why some people might do it, it’s a good read.

My only additional comment would be is that I think the priest doesn’t give enough credence to the fact that many women veil out of sheer reverence for the Lord and for the Sacrifice of the Mass.  I think it’s important to make that distinction, since St. Paul and St. Thomas don’t take that into account directly.  Other reasons include modesty, a greater sense of privacy (the Anchoress likes the additional privacy, she says it helps her focus more on the Mass by reducing distractions in her peripheral vision), and emulating the actions of women who lived the Faith in earlier times (tying in with our Catholic Tradition).  I think veiling is a very beautiful act on a number of levels.

A good homily on the last things October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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I post Fr. Larry Adamcyzk’s homilies from time to time.  He has some good ones.  I would probably do so for local priests if I could find copies of them!  Anyway, here’s a homily on death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  I especially like the pictures that accompanied the text!  Very evocative – alot of Catholic art used to be like that, simple, yes, moralistic, yes, but also very straightforward reminders of articles of our Faith.  I’m not going to indent the copied post to save space:

When I was young, my grandmother had these two pictures in her house.  It was a pair of pictures of a man dying.  In the one picture, the dying man had his wife and kids by his bedside, he is holding a rosary, and the priest is blessing him.  The angels are smiling and keeping the devils at bay through the power of the Holy Trinity.  The other picture has a man dying in bed, the devils pulling at the sheets.  Satan is sitting on His throne and the man is pushing the priest away trying to hold onto a picture of his mistress while his wife is crying and the snake is wrapped around his bag of money.  Growing up, and even today, these pictures scared me.  I knew what picture I wanted to be in when I died.  If you what to get a look at them, as your leaving Mass today, I have placed a copy of them on bulletin board in the vestibule.  The Gospel today teaches the existence of hell and the terrible torments that the rich man suffers.  From this Gospel passage, the Church teaches us that hell exists, that the sufferings of hell are real, that those is hell never leave and can never cross over “the great chasm [that] is established to prevent anyone from crossing.”  Why did the rich man end up in hell?  It was not just because he was rich.  The rich man ended up in hell because he was selfish.  Poor Lazarus was not even given “the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.”  One night, a while ago, I was invited to dinner at a house run by the Gabriel Network.  The Gabriel Network helps women who are pregnant to keep their babies by providing practical assistance in terms of a home to live in, food to eat, and other things, as well as a model for family life because the house is run by a mentoring family.  The Gabriel House I visited that night included the mentoring couple and their two young children, one about four and the other was almost one.  The children had names which you do not often hear, Blase and Sebastian, because the couple took seriously the Church’s instruction to name children after saints.  The house also included two clients; two mothers who each had a daughter.  The one mother was getting ready in a few days to move out on her own.  As I watched this couple, I was amazed at the constant effort and the great sacrifice they were making not only for their own children but for the two client mothers and their children.  This young family was truly living a Catholic life, they even had a crucifix hanging on the wall to remind them of how to live a life a sacrifice in imitation of Our Lord Jesus.  Whenever, I see a family who is living out their Catholic faith, I realize how easy the life of the priest is.  The priest does not have to worry about changing diapers, the priest does not have worry about the child falling of the step ladder.  The priest can eat his dinner without interruption or having to worry about feeding the baby in the high chair.  I felt very guilty about coming back to a nice quiet rectory where I did not have to worry caring for crying children.  I remember sitting in my room one day looking at my grandmother’s pictures of a happy death and a bad death.  I noticed that the dying man tormented by the devil had no children, while the man being welcomed into heaven had his three children at his bedside.  Notice that in the Gospel, the rich man in hell said, “’Then, I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them.”  Would not the rich man want to warn his children?  Maybe, he was SO selfish that he chose not to have any children?  Now, I am NOT saying that if you don’t have children you are going to hell; that is NOT what I am saying.  What I am saying is that within the Sacrament of Marriage, we need to open to the transmission of life in our marital relations.  The Bishops have reaffirmed the moral truth that contraception in a grave moral evil.  We cannot be self-centered and focused on our own pleasures as was the rich man in today’s Gospel.  What about those married couples whom God has not blessed with children?  I am sorry for your pain and please know that God still loves you.  God just has some something else He wants you to do with your life.  What about those who are not married or those who do not have children, or those whose children are grown?  Are we using our time, talent, and treasure unselfishly?  Are we using that extra time and money to bring ourselves and others closer to God?  The reason why the rich ended up in torment was that he was selfish.  Even in hell, his punishment was focused on the absence of the material comforts he had on this earth.  Priests need to be especially careful to curb their selfish desires. For without children, their thoughts and ideas can quite easily become very self-centered.  I need to go on a vacation, I don’t go out to dinner enough, I want a new car.  Every once in a while it is important for a priest to experience the unselfish love of a good Catholic family, it might just save him from hell.

FBI teaming up with Planned Barrenhood to target pro-lifers? October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, foolishness, General Catholic, Society.
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LifeNews ran a disturbing story last Thursday claiming that the FBI and Obama’s Justice Department had worked with Planned Parenthood to host a training seminar aimed at declaring pro-life activities as violent and extreme, including such activities as praying outside an abortion mill, counseling women entering or leaving a clinic, and otherwise exercising their 1st Amendment rights.  Perhaps most revealingly, throughout this entire document produced for the seminar, US government officials use the language of pro-abort extremists to define pro-lifers as “anti-choice” and activities such as picketing and praying as “harrassment and disruption.”   This language indicates an attitude not of benign indifference to the various merits of the life issues, but one of actively endorsing one position against another.  Is that what these highly paid federal bureaucrats do today – decide which side of moral issues to come down on (and, inevitably, they pick the wrong side)?  From the LifeNews article:

Documents LifeNews.com obtained today reveal the Obama administration partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the main focus of declaring as “violent” the free speech activities of pro-life Americans.

On August 25, 2010, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice co-sponsored a training seminar with Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation.When information about the seminar, which took place at FBI headquarters in Portland, Oregon, reached pro-life advocates, they asked officials for permission to attend and were granted access to the seminar and the training materials.

FBI and Obama administration officials provided participants with an 84-page document entitled “Resource Guide: Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers” that contained print copies of Power Point presentations prepared by the Justice Department and an analysis of alleged pro-life “violence” prepared by the pro-abortion groups.

The so-called violence perpetrated by pro-life advocates mostly contained examples of constitutionally-protected free speech, including activities such as praying, providing women outside abortion centers with alternatives information, and peaceful protesting or picketing.

Matt Bowman, a top attorney at the Alliance Defense Fund, told LifeNews.com today that the cooperation between the Obama administration and pro-abortion organizations to target pro-life free speech should cause alarm.

“The information presented in the seminar raises serious concerns over the United States government’s treatment of nonviolent free speech activities as ‘violence’ subject to investigation and prosecution,” he said.

“Abortionist organizations have long lobbied to use the law to silence free speech activities. But in this seminar the FBI and USDOJ included those views in their own training seminar materials,” he added. “This raises serious concerns about the United States government investigating peaceful, legal free speech activity in efforts that are ostensibly aimed at violence.”

The Obama administration documents, on page 39-41 specifically list the names of pro-life organizations and websites sponsored by peaceful nonviolent groups.

Wow, who would have thought that electing a radically pro-abort President who describes babies as “burdens” and thinks we’re all a bunch of bitter clingers would result in the US government using the power of the state to intimidate and shut down legitimate free speech in order to further the cause of their left wing base?  This was totally unpredictable! 

I’m sure Sr. Carol Keehan will be along any minute now to tell us how wonderful it is that the Obama Administration is working to safeguard the free speech rights of pro-life Americans.   After all, since Obamacare is “pro-life legislation” in Sr. Keehan’s opinion, I’m sure this latest move by the Obama Administration is intended to safeguard our First Amendment rights.

Glorious St. Francis, pray for us October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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I pray one day I can fathom this depth of love and devotion:

St. Francis of Assisi, after spending many nights in prayer on the mountain, offered one final prayer. “My Lord Jesus Christ, I pray You to grant me two graces before I die: the first is that during my life I may feel in my soul and in my body, as much as possible, that pain which You, dear Jesus, sustained in the hour of Your most bitter Passion. The second is that I may feel in my heart, as much as possible, that excessive love with which You, O Son of God, were inflamed in willingly enduring such suffering for us sinners.”

Praying for many hours afterwards, he suddenly saw a Seraph coming down from Heaven with six flaming and glorious wings. It came close to St. Francis so he could see him up close. When the Seraph did this, St. Francis noticed the image of a crucified man. In those moments, he experienced what Christ thought, felt and experienced during the crucifixion and he felt profound grief for His suffering.

And in an instant, the Seraph struck St. Francis and he was immediately imprinted with the stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The light from the vision was said to be so bright that many people saw Mount Alverna aglow most of the night.

I am attracted to Franciscan spirituality.  I would like to pursue it much more.  But I pull back too much.  I am afraid, at times, of what God may give me if I ask to take on the sufferings of others.  I’ve tried, and it’s…..difficult, to say the least.  I have a very long way to go.  I’m on about the second step of a very long stairway.  St. Francis of Assisi, please pray for me.

Training to be a pro life activist October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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One of the frequent pro-life prayer warrior types in the area forwarded me an e-mail concerning a training system that is supposed to yield great results in terms of converting people to the pro-life cause, and convincing women not to abort their children.  I don’t know anything about this training other than the recommendation, and that there is an upcoming training session on the UNT campus on Sunday, November 7.  The training is called “Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue” and you can register for the training at UNT by sending an e-mail here.  The training lasts from 12:15 till 5:15, and they will have Pizza!  I doubt I can  make it, we’re usually still churching it up at that time, and, oh yeah, deer season starts that weekend, so forget about it.  A man must have his priorities!

Just a note – the training is put on by a group called “Justice For All,” and seems oriented towards younger people, both in terms of the training and who they are trying to convert to the pro-life position.  Anybody having some background on this group should add your bit in the comments.

More global genocide – don’t agree with global warming, you should die October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Society.
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When I first saw the video below, I thought it was a joke put out by some people opposed to the global warming movement.   Today, I came to understand that it was actually produced by a group in Britain, which country has completely lost its collective mind, in order to gin up support for a drive to have people reduce their carbon dioxide production by 10%.  How in the hell do you measure that?  Does that mean they sleep and extra two hours today, since we exhale carbon dioxide every time we breathe?  Anyway, see the video below.  Along with Gates wanting to off a billion annoying people, it seems we are coming to see more directly the way the worshippers of mother earth goddess gaia view, collectively, that portion of humanity not as enlightened as them. 

Just for the record, the global warming cooling climate change panic has been completely and thoroughly debunked.  What “scientific support” it had was radically flawed and completely biased, and has been shown to be utterly false.  The scientists supporting climate change research have become very wealthy as a result of their work, and sought to exclude those who presented a more critical view of climate change research from the discussions.  Dr. Harrison Schmidt, PhD geologist and LMP on Apollo 17, has presented a more realistic appraisal of the drivers in global climate change (scroll down to page 2).

It is very distressing to me to read that numerous Catholic organizations have jumped on the climate change bandwagon, especially since a major initiative in support of massive climate change legislation/power grabs by government has come AFTER the whole climategate scandal broke.  I read this weekend that the National Federation of Priest’s C0uncils (why do we need such a thing?) has signed onto the ominously named Catholic Climate Covenant, along with a whole host of the more usual suspects (Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Health Association, LCWR (the more heterodox sisters), Carmelite NGO, etc). 

One final note – the Bishops of the Episcopal Councils of Europe just recently called care for the environment “our first vocation.”  Really.  REALLY?  Not loving and serving God, not worshipping Him with our whole heart and mind and strength, not even caring for our fellow man (love of neighbor), not bringing the Good News to others, but caring for the environment.   That, is truly sterling episcopal leadership.