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Another doozy from Voris December 14, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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Michael Voris feels that the Church is being forced to retreat into a ghetto, precisely the opposite from what was intended by Vatican II, when the “opening to the world” was so trumpeted as absolutely vital for the future of the Church.  I don’t think it is unreasonable to say that the traditional methods of communicating the Faith are in a state of near collapse and great disarray.  I don’t think it unreasonable to say that, since the Church seemingly lost control of much of the Catholic education establishment, and with many parishes where what is transmitted as the Faith is, at best, severely watered down if not outright rejecting many core doctrines, that new means need to be supported by the Church much more aggressively for evangelizing and defending the Faith.  The family, of course, is so under attack it hardly merits mention, since the collapse in societal standards in this area is so totally apparent.  Will the Church shrink in many of its former bastions?  No question?  Will the Church be forced into relatively small cultural ghettoes in much of Europe and the Americas?  I think it very likely.  Anyone think this is far too negative a view?

Voris’ negative views of many “professional Catholics” who work against new methods of promoting the Faith and often seem to undermine the efforts of some of the most devout Catholics touch on a very important subject.  How does this relate to events like we see in the Dallas Diocese, where we have certain staff members at some parishes continually pushing to bring in speakers at very important points in the Liturgical Year to preach a message which has been rejected by the Vatican as counterproductive, even dangerous?

Guard Your Senses December 14, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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It is so easy to be distracted by the world, the flesh, and the devil.  As a man, I know a single low cut dress or miniskirt or whatever can be an occasion to sin if I let it.  From Divine Intimacy, Day 16:

To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it is necessary, therefore, to guard its doors assiduously.  The senses are precisely the doors which open to earthly things……….so that, without a discreet mortification of the senses, the soul, the living temple of the Blessed Trinity, becomes like a market place [or far worse – ED], open to all kinds of traffic, open to every wild rumor…….Mortification of the senses should not be limited to Carthusians [but I sure admire their practice!] and those in cloisters, as it is an indispensable exercise for all souls, that they may become recollected and wholly concentrated upon God.

St. John of the Cross says that we shoudl use our exterior senses in such a way as not to disturb our recollection. “The faculties and senses must not be employed wholly upon things, but only insofar as is unavoidable. With this exception all must be left free for God.” [Spiritual Maxims II, 38] The “unavoidable” is indicated by what duty requires, and when we use the powers of our soul only to this degree, which is that determined by God’s will, the soul cannot be harmed in any way……[But] this means that we should not use our senese for anything that is nto required by duty or which cannot serve to raise our mind to God.  However, those who are obliged to have almost continual contact with the world [which is most of us] will not always be able to keep strictly tothis rule, because by doing so they might become disagreeable to others, or appear eccentric. [reminds me of me]  St. John adds “if by reason of necessity or expedience one cannot avoid seeing or hearing such things, it suffices that one desire not to have this pleasure” [of the senses]. We must always maintain that interior liberty which permits the soul to elevate itself to God in all things.  Make use of the senses only insofar as is necessary; the rest must be “left free for God.”

So, no small challenge there.  But the Carmelites in particular practice what is known as “custody of the eyes.”  This “custody” is an effort to keep from looking around out of curiosity, and thus perhaps opening oneself up to sinful acts – be they of lust, or envy, or just uncharitability.  Obviously, this is not something that can be practiced with complete freedom some of the time – driving, operating heavy machinery, or even walking on a busy street.  In those cases, one should try to focus on the task at hand and try not to be distracted by various things going on around them.  Nevertheless, in many other situations, praciticing custody of the eyes can be a big aid in leading an interior life.  It will dramatically cut down on the distractions mentioned above, and will help one to focus more and more of one’s thoughts and efforts on knowing, loving, and serving God.  After all, the eyes are the windows of the soul, and by controlling the extent to which one allows them to flit about, a big difference in one’s interior life can be made.

More like this December 14, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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Via that good priest Fr. Larry Adamcyzk:

I think that’s a pretty darned effective 2 minute Biblically based apologia/catechesis.

You should go visit Fr. Adamcyzk’s sites.  Both of them are really good.

Every Jesuit college in the US supports homosexualist agenda December 14, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Via www.culturewarnotes.com, a petition by tfpstudentaction that relates the fact that 41% of all Catholic university have “pro-gay agenda” clubs or groups on campus, or offer courses that run directly counter to unchanging Catholic Doctrine.  And, every single Jesuit run ‘Catholic’ university has pro-homosexual clubs on campus.   You can sign a petition here to let these universities know that you do not support this embrace of the culture of death by ostensibly Catholic universities. 

How is it that so many Catholic universities not only fail to strengthen the faith of the young people who attend them, but actively work against it?  How can this be?  This is not “academic freedom,” this is simply embracing the world and its mores, no matter how transitory and counter to the unchanging beliefs held by the Church they may be.  It is difficult to see this misbegotten child of “academic freedom,” this ultimate conclusion to the rejection of the Faith that began at the Land o Lakes conference over 40 years ago, as anything but a rejection of the One True Faith and a base desire to earn the respect of fallen men.  Fortunately, there are still faithful Catholic institutions of higher learning, and there are many secular universities, like, I am forced to admit, Texas A&M, that have very vibrant, faithful Catholic communities.   You can use the recommendations of the Cardinal Newman Society as a guide.

I know some people who think the Jesuits can be reformed.  I know one very devout young man who really has his heart set on that mission.  I cannot see how this can happen, short of a miracle, or a whole series of miracles.