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A very powerful pro-life movie November 1, 2010

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But, be forewarned, this movie contains graphic demonstrations of the reality of abortion, footage that has been virtually embargoed by the abortion-supporting media.

Those images make me want to scream.  I hate abortion so very much.  God, what cruelty.  Please forgive us.

But, I really admire this Mexican actor.  He has basically ended any chance of being a movie star with his Faith.

The Pope’s November prayer intentions and a thought November 1, 2010

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The Pope’s November prayer intentions are:

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for November is: “That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our saving God strength for a radical life-change”.

His mission intention is: “That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God”.

I’m an addict.  I’ll always be an addict, but I’m not sure I consider myself a victim.  I feel that I, through my own actions, at least semi-consciously set out down the road to addiction.  No, I didn’t plan to become an addict, and I don’t know if I was always going to be one from birth, but I do know that I consciously chose at certain points to keep going down a road that ultimately “activated” some part of my brain/psyche/soul that led me to become a full blown addict.  At a couple of times prior to what I feel was full blown addiction, I felt like I was sort of dancing around it, that I had desires for chemicals that were probably not what most people had, but I was able to pull back from that brink, if you will, at least a few times.  But once I found my drug of choice when I hurt my back really badly, and then voluntarily sought it out for recreational use, it was not long before I went from having a pretty fair control over drinking/drugging to having none.  If I had never messed around with my drug of choice, perhaps I would not have become an addict, but once I did start to abuse it regularly, there was no going back.  And the decision to start using it was not a compulsion I could not control, it was something I chose to do for a number of reasons.  And once I got my level of use to a certain point, and I remember that time, September 2003, pretty clearly for all the fog I was in, that was when I really started to feel and behave like an addict.  I don’t feel like I was a victim.  I know at least some addicts that feel similarly to me, while others have a different view, that addiction is something so inborn and powerful they were doomed to it from birth.  I don’t think that was the case for me.  I have culpability in what I am.

Earn plenary indulgences for those in purgatory November 1, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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   From the
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter–
Indulgences for the Poor Souls
Current regulations in force by Pope Benedict XVI 

I On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
 
 

 

II On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.

 Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.

6. A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)

Purgatory is not punishment.  It is a second chance, a chance to remove attachment to sin and to be made perfect before the Beatific Vision.  It also removes the temporal stain of sin on our souls.  Think of a nail and a board.  The nail is sin, the board is your soul.  When you sin, you damage your soul (the nail going in the board).  When you go to Confession and validly confess your sins, the nail is removed (you are forgiven), but the damage to your soul still remains in a temporal sense (the hole in the board).  Purgatory heals the soul of those wounds.  Nothing imperfect can go before God – without Purgatory, we would all be damned.  Plus, prayers for the dead make the most logical sense for those in Purgatory – those in Heaven do not need our prayers, and our prayers do those in hell no good.

After that last post…… November 1, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, General Catholic.
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….I feel like I need to remind myself of the great example of the Saints, on this, All Saints Day.  It is normally a holy day of obligation, but not this year, because it fell on a Monday, I guess.  I went to Mass anyway.  A sampling of some of my favorite Saints (why am I attracted to so many great female Saints?):

Perhaps my favorite – St. Catherine of Siena:

St. Teresa of Avila:

Does everyone know that when they examined St. Teresa’s heart after her death, they found a hole about 3/8″ diameter, the size of the arrow, flung by an angel, that pierced her heart?  Do you believe that?

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:

Another victim of totalitarianism.  A martyr for our times, or times to come?

Could I forget the Little Flower?  Of course not.  A charcoal made by her sister

If you hold St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face in any esteem, I highly recommend this book.

Just so the men don’t feel left out…….St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

One word – tonsure!

I think there is much to say for St. Maximillian Kolbe:

And St. Athanasius held the Church together at one point, through the Grace of God:

How could I forget my parents on a day like today?  Who are some of your favorite saints?

The ‘Catholic’ character of ‘catholic’ universities November 1, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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A commenter left this link to a story written by a student at DePaul university, named after St. Vincent dePaul, a Saint who needs little introduction.   The author of the story, written as a letter to the De Paul university newspaper, describes his experiences as a gay man on a ‘catholic’ university campus:

 am a 21-year-old white gay male and I go to the nation’s largest Catholic university.

I can confidently say that DePaul has embraced every aspect of who I am and others in the LGBTQ community. [Note – not “challenged him to live by the Doctrine of the Faith, or encouraged him to be as faithful a Catholic as he can while carrying the cross of same sex attraction, no, embracing the modern cultural dogma of ‘gay rights’ and gay sexual activity – ED] There have been about four stages of being ‘gay’ at DePaul that I have experienced. I’ll conveniently split them into my four years here.

My freshman year I wanted to explore what Chicago had to offer, in a more social and sexual sense. I distinctly remember attending an event in the SAC [student activity center] held by Spectrum[a gay support (promotion?) group on campus]; a sex toy workshop. Dildos, lube, anything you could imagine was laid out and passed around (except for condoms; it’s a Catholic thing) [well, thank heavens for that, as I roll my eyes.  Condoms with regard to gay sex are superfluous to Catholic doctrine. Adding condoms to gay sex doesn’t make it any more right, it’s still a sterile, unproductive act, whether barrier methods of “protection” are used or not].

This experience left me with the impression that DePaul, as an institution, was open and accepting. [Did the experience leave you with any guidance regarding Catholic doctrine?  Are there “voices”
on campus encouraging students to live their lives in accord with the Doctrine of the Faith?]
 The students I met were open as well. Most were shocked at the number of gay men they knew that go to DePaul. I would not go so far as to say that I felt a part of the LGBTQ community this year. I had many friends who were gay, but there was not a sense of community or camaraderie. To be gay during this year I felt compelled to explore my sexuality.

The next ‘gay’ stage was my sophomore year. I had developed a great circle of friends, truly wonderful people. In my immediate friend circle, there were three gays including myself, one straight male, and around seven straight females. This was a time for self exploration and finding out who I was. My gay friends were into going to Boystown, but that didn’t seem to be my fit. [I guess this is a reference to some place where hooking up is easy] I had a bad experience with Spectrum and had given up on gay student organizations.[What experience?] I retreated from the gay community at DePaul; it seemed to be all about sex and drugs. Almost every gay man I met either wanted to smoke some weed or have some type of intimate relationship. In terms of the drugs, I don’t think I can think of one gay man I met my sophomore year that didn’t smoke. [Drug and alcohol abuse rates among gays are very high.  The suicide rates for gays  are also far higher than the vast majority of the population.  But we are told De Paul was very accepting.  What drives these destructive forces?] My bad experience with Spectrum dealt with someone on the e-board texting, calling, and flirting with me, although I asked him to stop. I couldn’t go to the meetings anymore because he would harass me. [So now we know what the experience was.]

My junior year was a great learning stage of my life. I met a boy! He helped me release my inner activist. He was passionate about gay rights, but also his Catholic identity. [The typical definition of gay rights makes being passionate about his Catholic identity difficult to understand.  Was his boyfriend a voice counseling adherence to Catholic Doctrine and living a life as pleasing to God as possible, guided by Sacred Scripture and Tradition?]  I was put into a whole new realm of being gay. I had a boyfriend, I became much more spiritual (not Catholic) [Apparently, his boyfriend was not guiding him in adherence to what the Church ‘teaches’ and believes.], and I began to see all the things about the gay community that I did like and found comfort in a community that was like me. Seriously, the active gay population is small [something we should all keep in  mind] but they are great people AND the active Catholics at DePaul are also very good, open people. [They may be “good” and “open,” but do they assist Jesus Christ through His Church by boldly proclaiming what the Church believes and insisting, at a nominally Catholic university, that all adhere to that Doctrine as faithfully as they can?] This year I learned that being gay at DePaul meant that I needed to make a difference through service to those in need. [He doesn’t really tell us how he does this.  Does “service to those in need” involve gay activism?]

As senior year begins, recently single, [apparently, his relationship with his boyfriend did not last a year] I have been able to find my voice as a strong gay male at DePaul. I feel that being gay at DePaul is about speaking out and speaking your mind. I feel that being gay at DePaul is seeing the injustice and inequality in our society and attempting to make it better. [he appears to be saying there that his intention is to fight against Church doctrine, against things like gay marriage and what many outspoken gays define as their “rights”, which the Church opposes] I see this not only as a gay student at DePaul, but as a student at DePaul.

The Vincentian character of DePaul can be seen in: the gay student organizations, [really, St. Vincent de Paul would support the gay organizations, which actively trumpet sinful acts counter to the Faith (dildoes, lube, gay sex, etc)?] the Catholic organizations, through any active student here. Sure, there have been moments where I question whether the nations largest Catholic University is the right place for a gay white male, [Absolutely it is the right place, if you put your service to God above all else and strive to live as faithfully as you can with regard to what the Church believes.  The question is, does De Paul university still encourage students to so do?  What does the evidence presented here say?] but I know that at DePaul being gay doesn’t define who I am; I do.

How very sad.  I don’t know if this man’s experience is typical, but much evidence suggests that it is.  This man, and, from his own words, many others, are being sold a very false bill of goods.  They are being encouraged, by university sponsored groups and events and, it appears, by the very culture of the university itself, to live lives in rejection of Church doctrine.  They are living lives of sexual excess, promiscuity, and drug abuse.  This road does not lead to happiness, this road leads to destruction, to cutting oneself off from God by rejecting the Truth He has revealed through His Church.  How can we have so many Catholic universities that, from all evidence, have rejected Church doctrine?  How can we expect young people struggling with any sin to learn to overcome those sins and lead lives filled with Grace if they are taught that their sins are not, that they are wonderful natural variables that should be embraced and enjoyed?

I don’t know how you fix this, when it has gone so far.  “This kind can only be cast out by prayer and fasting” [Mark 9:29].

I need to do more of both.