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Why the election today is so incredibly important November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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It’s not just the socialism that must be undone.  Millions of lives are at stake.  To wit:

Planned Parenthood admits all the incredible gains they stand to make under Obamacare are threatened today.  And the head of NARAL-Pro Choice America claims that a victory for pro-lifers would mean “Stupak-like” abortion bans to healthcare reform, proving, once again, Sr. Keehan, that, yes, Obamacare does fund abortion, since the Stupak Amendment was excluded from the bill creating Obamacare.

Planned Parenthood is willing to lie, cheat, and steal to keep making money aborting babies.  They now claim that science makes no difference regarding a woman’s right to choose murder, since it is scientifically established that life begins at conception and a baby’s heart starts beating at 3 weeks, well before the vast majority of women know they are pregnant.  Abortion is becoming increasingly an article of faith among some.  Which faith that is, is disturbing to contemplate.

The Obama Admnistration wants to start enforcing tight oversight of federal regulations regarding funding received by colleges, including such oh-so-important items like demanding ‘catholic’ colleges provide same-sex partner benefits, contraception in health care plans, and even health care plans that pay for abortions for employees. 

And Planned Parenthood are now demanding that Obamacare provide contraception at taxpayer expense, stating that contraception is “preventative medicine.”  Apparently, to Planned Parenthood and their ilk, chilren are now a disease.  Actually, if you read here, you will find out that many people think children are worse than a disease, they are a massive drain and hassle that should be done away with.  And that, from a ‘liberal’ personality in ‘liberal’ Austin.  Ahhh, totalitarianism……..

Sorry, Lord, I will continue to pray that I may not be calumnious, but it looks like a bit may have slipped out at the end of the day.

Why non-Catholics should never receive Communion November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery, Society.
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One of the more “controversial” Doctrines of the Church is the doctrine that non-Catholics should not receive the Blessed Sacrament.  To many protestants, this seems nothing less than Catholic Church elitism, a sneering condescension that denies the Lord to all baptized Christians, who surely should have access to the most August Sacrament.  But this Doctrine is not something the Church just “made up” during the Middle Ages (which would have been odd, any way, since there were no protestants at that time).  This Doctrine is actually central to the Catholic view of Christ’s Sacrifice and the miracle of our having the ability to access it.  Much of this analysis is based on John Salza’s excellent book, The Biblical Basis of the Eucharist

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 11, St. Paul writes (v 23-25, 27-30):

The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgement [or, condemnation – ED] upon himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.

Receiving the Eucharist unworthily is one of the greatest sins there is.  Except for the sin against the Holy Spirit, of doubting that God has the ability to save you, no sin is worse.  One who receives the Eucharist unworthily is guilty of literally re-crucifying Christ.  A huge part of this “unworthiness” is the fact that virtually no protestants (saving perhaps some very high Anglicans) believe that the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Real Presence.  Most protestants, if they receive communion at all in their churches, believe that the bread and wine they receive is a symbol (and it is, because it has not been validly consecrated by a priest with Apostolic Succession tracing all the way back to Jesus).  Catholic priests, however, have valid Holy Orders conferred by a successor of St. Peter, in a lineage tracing back to Jesus Christ, and the bread and wine is transubstantiated into the Body and Blood at the Consecration.  Receiving validly consecrated Hosts, when one only believes they are symbols, is a sin of sacriledge against the Holy Spirit.  Concommitant with that obvious issue, is the issue of unity.  The reception of the Blessed Sacrament is more than just a re-presentation of Christ’s saving Sacrifice on Calvary (although, that is of primary import), and more than just the most amazing way to receive the Grace of God through Christ’s perfect Son-ship, a most intimate connection with the Word Made Flesh, it is also a sign of the Unity of the Church, a unity that is unfortunately not a reality at present.  To receive the Blessed Sacrament is to imply a unity that is not present, and so also offensive to God. 

Finally, it is also a very grave sin for Catholics in a state of mortal sin to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  There is a fundamental difference between how protestants and Catholics view sin.  Catholics base their view of Confession, that one must confess their sins to a priest and have them absolved, from the Book of James, Chapter 5:

Take, my brethren, fore xample of suffering evil, of labour and patience, the prohpets who spoke in the name of the Lord………Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved.  For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much……My brethren, if any of you err from the truth and one convert him: he must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way shall save his soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins.

Protestants do not hold this view.  Some protestants do claim to confess their sins, privately, to God, but that is not how we are called to confess in the New Testament.  Since virtually every human being alive has committed a mortal sin at some point or other (I would actually claim, all people commit mortal sins), those protestants who would go to receive the Blessed Sacrament have “unconfessed” mortal sins on their souls, and are drinking and eating condemnation on themselves if they receive the Blessed Sacrament.  Now, God’s Mercy is infinite, and it is possible that protestants who confess their sins to God directly are perhaps forgiven, but the Church errs on the side of caution.  Since receiving the Eucharist unworthily is such a grave sin, it is better that protestants who, for whatever reason, may be present at the Mass, do not receive the Eucharist.

Thus, it is not out of some high handed superiority that the Church implores non-Catholics not to receive the Eucharist, but out of the highest charity, concern for their souls.  The Church, and I, pray constantly that the disunity in Christendom may be overcome and that all baptized Christians may return to the Seat of Unity, the Chair of Peter, the One True Church founded not by a man like Luther or Henry VIII, but Jesus Christ.

A gem on Purgatory November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC blog has a gem of a post on Purgatory.  You should go read it all, but here’s my favorite part, St. Catherine of Siena, one of my god-mothers, describing a soul in a state of Grace (from, The Dialogue):

The Soul in the State of Grace– Catherine of Siena was permitted by God to see the beauty of a soul in the state of grace. It was so beautiful that she could not look on it; the brightness of that soul dazzled her. Blessed Raymond, her confessor, asked her to describe to him, as far as she was able, the beauty of the soul she had seen. St. Catherine thought of the sweet light of that morning, and of the beautiful colours of the rainbow, but that soul was far more beautiful. She remembered the dazzling beams of the noonday sun, but the light which beamed from that soul was far brighter. She thought of the pure whiteness of the lily and of the fresh snow, but that is only an earthly whiteness. The soul she had seen was bright with the whiteness of Heaven, such as there is not to be found on earth. ” My father,” she answered. “I cannot find anything in this world that can give you the smallest idea of what I have seen. Oh, if you could but see the beauty of a soul in the state of grace, you would sacrifice your life a thousand times for its salvation. I asked the angel who was with me what had made that soul so beautiful, and he answered me, “It is the image and likeness of God in that soul, and the Divine Grace which made it so beautiful.”

I don’t think many of us understand just what we have, what we can be, with God residing in our souls.  O Seraphic Virgin, pray for me, that I may have the Grace you received from God, to see and to live as you did, if I am worthy.

UPDATE, for your enjoyment:  The priest “Reginaldus” at New Liturgical Movement adds a discussion on whether there are real “flames” in Purgatory here.

Dying to self, Mk. II November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness.
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Long post alert!  I hope you stay with it….

From Divine Intimacy, Monday of the 23rd week after Pentecost, the subject, passive purification:

Let us consdider how great a spirit of faith [is] necessary to accept from the hand of God all the circumstances which afflict and humble, contradict and mortify us.  It will sometimes be easier to accept heavy trials which come directly from Our Lord, sucha as illness and bereavement, than other lighter ones where creatures enter into play, and for which, perhaps, we experience greater repugnance [that’s me! – ED].  The immediate action of creatures, espeically if their malice has a share in it, makes it more difficult for us to discover the divine hand.  A greater spirit of faith is necessary here, theat we may pass beyond the human side of circumstances, the faulty way of acting of such and such a person, and find, beyond all these human contingencies, the dispositions of Divine Providence, which wills to use these particular creatures, and even their defects and errors, to file away our self-love and destroy our pride.

The counsel bgiven by St. Jon of the Cross to a religious wil be very useful for us in such cases: “Thous must know that those (who are in the convent) are no more than workers whom God has placed there only that they might work up on and chisel at thee by mortifying thee.  And some wil cut at thee through words….others in deed……otheres by their thoughts, neither esteeming nor feeling love for thee…..and thou must be subject to them in all things….Profoundly convinced that God guides and disposes all for the good fo those who love Him, teh soul of faith sees in every person a messenger from our Lord, charged by Him to exercise it in virtue, particularly in that which it lacks most.  Instead of rebelling and being indignant because of some want of consideration or even some really unjust treatment, it bows its head and accepts all humbly, as the most suitable treatment for curing its faults and imperfections.  This must be our conduct, if we wish to draw profit from all the trials that God places in our path.  In each instance, we must keep ourselves from posing as a victim, fomr protesting, from complaining, or from retaliating.  Whatever suffering may come to us from creatures has only one true explanation: Our Lord wishes to purfiy us, and is beginning to do it precisely through these exterior tribulations.  Let us be persuaded that all serves greatly for our spriitual progress, because before attaining to union with God, it is necessary to be reduced to nothingness, that is to be established in the humblest humility. 

From St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi: “O grandeur of my God!  All the temptations and tribulations which You permit to come upon us, absolutely all, are ordered for our good, and if we have no other thought, when we are tried here below, than that of Your gooness, this will suffice for us to overcome every temptation.  O Word of God, my sweet and loving Spouse, all power in heaven on and on earth is Yours.  You confound and put to flight every enemy.  As for me, I am extremely weak, I cnnot see, being filled with misery and sins; but by Your slightest glance, O Word, You put all these enemies to flight, like bits of straw in the wind; first, however, You permit them to give battle to Your servants, to make these, Your servants, more glorious…..

By your power, O Divine Word, You confer strength for the combat, and he who wishes to fight manfully for Your glory must first descend into the most profound knowledge of self, yet all the while raising his heart to You, that he may not be confounded.

So I think on things like this, and I look at some of the things I write, and I think….hmmm.  Maybe I need to change my tone a bit.  I strive, in all I do, to try to align myself to the Will of God and the mind of the Church as much as I can.  I know I fail frequently.  And when I read things like this excellent analysis by Carl Olsen at Ignatius Insight about “dissenters” who reject whole swaths of Church Doctrine, I sometimes get uncomfortable about my own potential disobedience.  There is a salient difference, in that I do not reject any Church doctrine I am conscious of, but I do sometimes question the way certain issues are handled in the Church, and perhaps stray towards calumny too much at times.  I pray not, but perhaps I need to be more prayerful and moderate in some of what I write. 

I pray for those who reject what the Church believes.  I pray for the pain they are causing themselves in the name of being “enlightened” or “in step with the times,” that they will realize the source of that pain is themselves.

Voris wants our Holy Days back November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.
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Stop rolling Holy Days into Sunday!  And stop removing the obligation on Holy Days like yesterday, please!  We want our Catholic identity!  We LIKE going to Mass!  Even those who see it as perhaps a burdensome obligation will receive many Graces from celebrating Mass, will they not, so I don’t get the desire to eliminate these Holy Days. 

Today’s the day November 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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You know what to do.  The disastrous American Socialism experiment begins to end this day.

OH, OH……..a great prayer by Fr. Christopher Phillips at Our Lady of the Atonement:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To get you in the mood, here’s something I ripped off from Ace:

It’s like they wrote it for today!