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Another great one from Michael Voris January 12, 2011

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I know I’ve been running these videos many days in a row, but they’re  just too good not to post.  I’ve heard some criticize Voris, nitpicking details or decrying his “lack of charity” (hah!), but I find myself in total agreement:

The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of our Faith.  To banish our Blessed Lord to a closet is beyond offensive, it’s sacrilege, to me.  Unfortunately, there are still many parishes in our area that do not have a tabernacle in the Sanctuary.  Having it in a “eucharistic chapel” is not the same, and it’s very sad.  And no, having Jesus in the tabernacle and on the altar is not “confusing,” as I heard some ‘progressive’ apologist argue.  Jesus is the 2nd person of the Trinity, he can be in more than one place at once.

I want 1000 of these! January 12, 2011

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What a beautiful prayer card (I think).  I found it on Fr. Adamcyzk’s site.  I’d love a 4′ x 6′ painting of this:

The nuns put it over the top.

“The hypocrisy of the liturgical renewal” January 12, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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What?  I didn’t say it!  Fr. “Reginaldus” at New Liturgical Movement did:

“One of the weaknesses of the postconciliar liturgical reform can doubtless be traced to the armchair strategy of academics, drawing up things on paper which, in fact, would presuppose years of organic growth. The most blatant example of this is the reform of the Calendar: those responsible simply did not realize how much the various annual feasts had influenced Christian people’s relation to time […] they ignored a fundamental law of religious life.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Feast of Faith, 81-82 (published by Ignatius Press).
….with all this focus on the sanctification of time, the reformed plan of the Novus Ordo calendar simply butchers the season of Christmas – and follows this by the destruction of Epiphanytide.
Msgr. Charles Pope has written a good article on the havoc wreaked on the Christmas Octave by the Liturgical Renewal. The feast of the Holy Family (which is a recent invention to begin with) has been transferred to the Sunday which falls in the middle of the Octave of Christmas –from its creation until 1962, Holy Family was celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany, but now that it has been moved into the Christmas Octave we celebrate the hidden life of Christ (the flight to Egypt and the return to Nazareth) before we even celebrate the visitation of the Magi! The history of the events is displaced, and the time is far from sanctified.
Then there is the re-naming of the Octave of Christmas (January 1st) to “Mary, Mother of God.” Here, I have less a problem than does Msgr. Pope – the character of the Mass has been focused on our Lady’s Maternity from ancient times. However, it is quite sad that the Circumcision and Naming of Jesus has been pushed aside – how is it that, in our present day of sensitivity to the Jewish religion, the Liturgical Reform has been so successful in helping us to forget that the Lord himself was a practicing Jew?
Then, of course, there is the horrible custom in so many parts of the world of transferring the Epiphany from January 6th to the nearest Sunday – this destroys the twelve days of Christmas. Even setting aside the fact that there is good reason to believe that the Magi literally came to Bethlehem on the thirteenth day, the transference of Epiphany is yet another example of losing the Judaic roots of our Tradition – the Jewish significance of the number twelve is lost, and so is the sanctification of time.
Pius XII bears the burden of the blame for the loss of Epiphanytide – for it was under his pontificate that the Octave was abolished in 1955. However, Epiphanytide was able to hobble on until the Liturgical Renewal, inspired by the spirit of Vatican II, transferred the Baptism of the Lord.
In the traditional calendar the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Octave of the Epiphany, January 13th. The reason for this is not that Christ was baptized on that day, but to connect the Baptism with the Epiphany – falling on the Octave day, it is clear that the Baptism of the Lord is a second Epiphany (as has been held since the earliest days of the Church). In fact, there is good reason to believe that Christ was baptized on January 6th, exactly thirty years after he was adored by the Magi (this is the opinion of Gueranger, following the tradition of the Fathers and Doctors). Nevertheless, the primary significance of celebrating the Baptism of the Lord on the Octave of the Epiphany is the theological connection between these two feasts. [The Feast of the Holy Family which traditionally falls on the Sunday in the Octave of the Epiphany, reminds us that (in a wonderfully ironic way) Epiphanytide commemorates the whole of Christ’s hidden life.]
Thanks to the Liturgical Renewal, however, the Baptism of the Lord has been moved to the first Sunday after Epiphany. This year, the feast fell on January 9th – a date that has absolutely no significance in relation to the feast. We can admit (tongue in cheek) that the USCCB and other conferences of bishops have “saved” Epiphanytide by simply transferring Epiphany to the Sunday, thereby ensuring that the “Octave” is kept between the first and second Sundays after January 1st – while they’re it, perhaps they will consider restoring the Octave of Pentecost … maybe there is some room somewhere in Ordinary Time.
I feel Fr. “Reginaldus'” pain.  I have several books I read or reference that are scheduled according to the Traditional Liturgical calendar, that used for the Traditional Latin Mass.  It is maddening to see how the Liturgical year has been butchdred – no Octave of Epiphany, or Pentecost, or Ember Days, and holy days throughout the year rolled to the nearest Sunday, so we only have two non-Sunday holy days of obligation a year.  The liturgical calendar had developed over centuries of practice to be tied to nature and to highlight various seasons of great significance, and now most of that has been lost.  And I cannot stand the name “ordinary time.”  We are living in the end times, the last age!  It is not “ordinary time.” 
/rant off

Generosity with Christ January 12, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, religious, The Imitation of Christ.
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Christ:

My child, many desire my heavenly kingdom, but few desire My cross.  A large number of people seek My consolation, but few care for my trials.  All wish to rejoice with me, but very few are willing to suffer anything for My sake. 

I see so many people follow Me as long as they experience no trouble.  Theybless me while I send them pleasant things, but when I send them any hardship or suffering, they quickly become resentful, and murmur against me.

A mercenary is a soldier who serves for pay rather than for any patriotic reason.  Should I not call these selfish followers of mine mercenaries?  They are devoted to Me, not for Myself but for my gifts.  They follow Me for what they can get, not for what they can give.  They love themselves more than Me.  If they realzed what I mean to them, they would love Me above all else, even above themselves.  How few are those who serve Me without self interest!

That was from My Daily Bread by Fr. Anthony J. Paone.  Then I read this, in Divine Wisdom, Thomas a Kempis:

Whoever, therefore, wishes to serve Christ, and to please the heavenly Spouse, should endeavour to overcome his vices, to avoid idleness, to be employed in what is useful, to pray often, to withdraw from disputes, to love to be alone, to be silent of things that do not concern him, or which perhaps are even hurtful to him [hmmm……-ED]

Exterior appearance, without interior virtue, avails little before God.  Attend, therefore, to your state of life, for your shall reap the reward of what good you will do, just as you shall bear the punishment of whatever eveil you will have committed before God.

When, therefore, you eat or drink, sleep or rest, or go of your own desire where you will, you perform the works of the flesh, and become liek the beasts that roam about and eat, drink and fill themselves till they are satisfied; but when you watch and pray, sign psalms or hymns to God, or to His Saints, or when you fast, and put away vice from you – when you do good to your neighbor……..and weep for your sins, confess and implore pardon, you do then the works of the Holy Ghost, live according to the Spirit, and follow the rule of religious life; you become like the holy angesl in heaven, who praise God, bless His name, adn always enjoy His presence.

But when you are proud or angry, detract or murmur, cheat, lie, or annoy others, rejoice at the losses that befall them, or are sad at their prosperity, when you deceive your neighbor and seek yourself in everything, you follow then the devil, adn become like the evil spirits; for they follow their passions adn wickedness as much as they can, and to the extent they are permitted.

Therefore the life of the just is like that of the angels, the life of the carnal is like that of the beasts, adn the life of the pourd may be compared to that of the devils.  Beware, servant of God, lest you be entangled in their snares, be accused by them on the day of judgement, and put to shame.

My thoughts – I’m very poor at leading a life of self-denial. I am, by the grace of God, better at doing “extra” for God – more prayer, more Adoration, assisting at Mass more, but poor at denying myself.  I am prideful.  I am a poor miserable sinner.  I depend on God’s Mercy for…….everything.   I pray one day to be able to truly more willing to offer up myself to God, as St. Therese did when she made herself a living oblation to Divine Love.  I try…..and then I get scared, or selfish, or both.

Pray for me.

Pics from our trip to Hanceville January 12, 2011

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You should really go.  But I think for our next pilgrimage we may go to the Benedictine monastery at Clear Creek.  Anyway, a few pics from our trip:

Benedict in the replic Lourdes Grotto with St. Bernadette.

Two sisters from the Home of the Mother.  This was a joyous group of religious leading some young lay ladies on a pilgrimage to Hanceville.  Their lives sparkled with love for our Lord.  Many religious flock to Hanceville.

Sister Maria Isabelle with Elena.  Sister Isabelle took a photo of Elena amid some poinsettias by the side altar, but I don’t have it.  Sister Isabelle is the only extern nun for the Poor Clares and works very, very hard.  I pray for her nightly.

Our whole family with Sr. Maria Isabelle.  Taken by Sr. Kelly of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother.

Have I mentioned how much I love nuns?

Iran continues persecution of Christians January 12, 2011

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At times, we are told that Islam is a religion of love and tolerance, especially tolerance for other religions.  In practice, that does not often seem to be the case, given the dhimmi status of non-Muslims and frequent persecutions.  Iran has recently ramped up its persecution of Christians, arresting 70 since Christmas:

Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas in a crackdown that demonstrates the limits of religious tolerance by Islamic leaders who often boast they provide room for other faiths.

The latest raids have targeted grass-roots Christian groups Iran describes as “hard-liners” who pose a threat to the Islamic state. Authorities increasingly view them with suspicions that range from trying to convert Muslims to being possible footholds for foreign influence.

Christian activists claim their Iranian brethren are being persecuted simply for worshipping outside officially sanctioned mainstream churches

I have heard reports that these ‘mainstream churches’ have been bullied, or co-opted, into discouraging any public witness of the Christian faith in Iran.  There are small, independent groups of Christians who do strive to live their faith in a fuller manner, and who are frequent targets of persecution.  From what I have heard, there is a hunger for the message of Christ’s redemptive love in some quarters in Iran, and there are a fair number of Muslims converting to Christianity in ancient nation.  As the article states, however, it can be very dangerous for Christians to proselytize in Iran – they can be arrested and thrown in horrid, fetid prison cells for years, even decades, with no legal recourse, if they are not shot outright.

And now, dear, sweet readers, I will avail of your charity again, for I know a woman in our DFW area, an Iranian woman, who regularly travels to Iran to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She will be traveling to Iran again this summer, and she is in no small danger, as her family, ‘devout’ Muslims, are aware of her activities and do not approve.  In fact, they have informed her they will tell the authorities of her activities if she returns.  Nevertheless, she strongly feels the call of Jesus Christ to take up our cross and follow him, and so she is committed to returning and spreading the Truth Christ has revealed.  Would you, in your charity, pray for S.., this good, Christian woman?  She has managed, over long suffering and determined efforts, to convert most of her family stateside, but she needs many prayers for her safety, and her mission, in Iran.  I cannot give her name, for the Iranian authorities are known to scour the internet looking for such references.

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist January 12, 2011

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Most people are familiar with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Hanceville, AL, whose superior, Mother Angelica, founded EWTN.   I don’t believe as many are aware that there is an allied male religious order also at the Our Lady of Angels Monastery, the Knights of the Holy Eucharist.  This group of young men perform many functions at the monastery – routine maintenance and grounds improvements, assisting at Mass as altar servers, and giving tours of the monastery grounds.  They also have several young men in seminary, including one from St. William in Greenville.  When ordained, these young men will become priests for the Knights, a affiliated order of the international Heralds of the Gospel, and will likely eventually have a parish of their own for the Diocese of Birmingham.  They are not the same as the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word, like Fr.’s Mark Mary, Joseph Mary, and Anthony Mary you see frequently celebrating Mass on EWTN.   As such, they tend to get a bit overlooked, perhaps, in comparison to their better known brothers and sisters.

These young men deserve your support.  They are a fairly small order, only about 10 brothers, and they work, and pray, very hard.  They are also uniformly kind, energetic, and full of love and fire for our Lord.  At present, they literally live in a converted barn.  It’s a pretty nice barn, but…….They do have an awesome chapel they just completed in the last year.  See the pic below.  And they have a blog

Would you, in your charity, consider praying for these good brothers from time to time?  If you feel so called, you can support them financially here

I find this chapel stupendous.  It is rather intimate, but all the detail work is very fine and the overall impression is one of reverence and honor for our majestic Eucharistic Lord. 

We’ve gotten to spend some time with the Knights of the Holy Eucharist in our pilgrimages to Hanceville, and I can tell you that they are truly impressive, orthodox young men with a tremendous love and desire to serve the Lord.

Funeral Services for Laci and James Betterton January 12, 2011

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Funeral services for Laci and James Betterton, the couple in the car accident I described below, will be held in Kilgore today and tomorrow.   Visitation is Wed at 6 at the Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Funeral is at 1, Thursday at the Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore.   I wanted to put this information, left by a commenter, in a separate post so that any family and friends dropping by who did not have this information would be able to find it more easily.  I continue to pray for them, and we have stepped up our prayers which we already said daily for military and emergency personnel.  I am very sorry for your loss.  Trust in God.