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Novena for Fr. Corapi March 22, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, General Catholic, religious.
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I don’t think any faithful Catholic can be happy about the Fr. Corapi imbroglio.  Given that, new commenter Dona has left a very nice Novena to be said for all those involved in this sad situation.  It’s below.  I think I should add one little bit of relevant information.  My wife’s family has had a very strong association with Fr. Corapi’s order, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, for quite some time.  I know Fr. Corapi’s ‘boss’ in the order, the regional, Fr. Sheehan.  I’ve met him, talked with him on the phone, exchanged letters, etc.  Fr. Sheehan is very fair and loves the Church.  We can be assured that the investigation is not motivated by anything other than the fact there has been an allegation or allegations, and that they must be investigated given the current laws in place in the Church. 

(Feast of the Annunciation to the Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s passing)


Efficacious Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

(This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked his prayers)

I. My Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, I knock, I seek and ask that my prayer be granted. (here, mention your request) – that the truth prevails in regard to Fr. Corapi, and all falsely accused priests and that their accusers are brought to repentance.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.’
Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, in Your Name I ask the Father that my prayer be granted.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth
will pass away but my words will not pass away.’ Encouraged by
Your infallible words, through the intercession of Mary, Your
holy Mother I feel confident that my prayers will be answered.
(mention your request)

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
O Sacred , O Merciful, O Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen…

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.


You can accompany this prayer with a Chaplet of Mercy or a decade of the Rosary. Also, pray it in front of the Blessed Sacrament, if at all possible.

Relativism is the descendent of protestantism March 22, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Society.
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I lost a budding friendship at least partly over the issue Voris discusses below – the idea that the vast majority of humanity, possibly even everyone, will be saved.  This idea is a descendent of protestantism and the relativism it has encouraged, and reaches one apotheosis in the ‘once saved always saved’ mentality, which denies that one can cut oneself off from the Grace of God through sin after conversion.  The Catholic thread of this mentality, most notably argued by Hans Urs von Balthasar, asks if our perfectly merciful God would not save everyone, or very nearly so? (Because, we all know that Hell is a 9′ x 12′ room, and is not crowded.  I understand Hitler is very lonely there)

Anyhoo, Mr. Voris, who really should come to speak in this Diocese sometime:

Yeah, what he said (better than I possibly could).   So many people think that God is just a super nice guy in Heaven who made the universe (maybe) and sent a really cool die down to earth to say a bunch of cool stuff (maybe), and that heaven is the eternal party where you can get high, or be with your family, or go skiing, or whatever you love to do, forever.  And surely God wouldn’t deny anyone admittance to the big party, because God is Love, right?  This totally discounts free will, hugely crucial notion.  If you live your life paying very little to no attention to God, why do you think you’re going to want to spend eternity with Him?  How can those who have never known Him in life expect to be happy in Heaven adoring God for all eternity? 

God doesn’t deny Heaven to people out of spite, or because He is mad at them, though He may well be.  Those who go to Hell choose to do so themselves, because when they are confronted with the God they haven’t known they are both terrified and realize their incredibly deformed nature, and they can’t stand the sight of God’s infinite perfection.  They seek to get away, anywhere, and go away from God.  That is hell – the absence of God. Satan made the same choice – to be away from God. When Moses was up on Mt. Sinai in God’s presence for 40 days, he became transfigured by his presence near God, and permanently radiated from his skin such a light he had to be veiled, because others could not stand to look at him, he was so bright.  And that was just an incredibly pale reflection of the Lord.  Imagine facing Him directly in person with essentially no preparation.  Many Saints, like St. John Eudes, who knew something of the perfection of God and our own dire need to radically change ourselves to earn God’s Grace, despaired greatly that they themselves would be saved, such was their awareness of the broken nature of humanity.  Now, we don’t need to be scrupulous, nor should we discount God’s great Mercy, but we must be aware that hell exists and that people do go there, and possibly even alot, maybe even most, people, go there.  That’s a terrible thing, and I don’t wish it on anyone, not even Stalin or Marx or Nietzche, but it is a fact that the Church holds infallibly. 

And it’s something that should be heard more frequently in our parishes.

I can’t buy your cookies, Mk. II March 22, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Last year I did a post explaining why I can’t buy Girl Scout cookies.  I hate saying no to the little girls and their mothers, the vast majority of whom think Girl Scouts is a good and wholesome organization.  So, I tell them I can’t buy them because we have gluten allergies in our house, which is true, but that’s not the main reason I can’t buy them.  I can’t buy them because the Girl Scouts, as an organization, are wedded to Planned Parenthood and at times expose young girls to Planned Parenthood’s horrific, explicit sexual indoctrination materials, materials oriented towards one thing – insuring Planned Parenthood always has a steady inflow of customers for its abortion services (sorry, I’m ripping off Dr. Nadler again, but this was too wrong to pass up):

Last year at a United Nations meeting on Women, Planned Parenthood held a session for Girl Scouts where the adult leaders were not allowed in the room. (click here for the whole story) In that meeting, they made available to the girls their eighteen page booklet, Healthy, Happy, and Hot (click here to read it).

In this booklet, Planned Parenthood actually advises girls that they don’t have to tell their sex partners if they have HIV!! From the booklet:

You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.

“There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. They may not want people to know they are living with HIV because of stigma and discrimination within their community. They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender. People in long-term relationships who find out they are living with HIV sometimes fear that their partner will react violently or end the relationship.”

So Planned Parenthood teaches children that they can cheat on their partner, secretly use IV drugs, and if they get HIV, their partner does not have the right to know.

Then, more sterling advice from Planned Parenthood:

“Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Don’t stop there: Find out how your partner’s body works, what makes them feel good and what gives them pleasure. Talking with your partner about what you each like and what feels good is the best way to have great sex.

These documents are targeted at children as young as 10 years old.  I don’t think I have to say how utterly wrong that is, and beyond wrong, sick.  I don’t need my daughter told how to have a fantastic orgasm.  But that’s Planned Barrenhood and the ‘culturally savvy’ view of sexuality – it’s not a gift from God to be enjoyed in the marital embrace with a constant openness to procreation, no, it’s all about having a mind-blowing orgasm, every day, whether you’re with someone or not.  Nice. 

This is not an isolated incident.  Last year, the CEO of the Girl Scouts confirmed that Girl Scout troops around the country have relationships with Planned Parenthood. 

And the saddest thing is that numerous Catholic parishes sponsor Girl Scout troops.  This in spite of the fact that the Girl Scout endorsed Planned Parenthood document on sexual education specifically states: “Culture, religion and traditions are some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes for young people.”

It is past time that Girl Scout troops were no longer able to be based at Catholic parishes.  Individual troops are fine, you say.  I’m sorry, but the entire organization is becoming increasingly co-opted by radical feminists and the ideology of childhood sexualization.  You cannot separate the individual troops from the overweening organization.  And the Girl Scouts USA and world organization receive a pretty hefty amount of money from the sale of cookies done at the local level, providing funding for just the sorts of disasters described above.

The Boy Scouts are utterly different and don’t engage in this kind of cultural warfare, seeking to undermine traditional morality.

New video damns Planned Parenthood March 22, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Via Dr. Gerald Nadal, a new video composed of youth reciting Planned Barrenhood’s numerous crimes against humanity:

332,000 abortions a year.  $165 million made directly from abortion – in one year.  Repeated, systemic violations of the law.  Encouraging sex trafficking and enabling sexual abuse.  Abortion quotas.  99% of PB work is oriented towards killing children.  Planned Parenthood kills.

It is beyond words to know that there are Catholics who have chosen, in spite of the incredibly clear doctrine of the Church and constant exhortations in defense of life, to support Planned Barrenhood and the abortion industry in general.  Even priests and religious do so publicly.  Abortion is a cancer that devours the soul of those involved in it.  It is the darkest of the evils of our time.  And our tax dollars support it.  One of the main reasons Planned Parenthood is still funded is because some of its strongest Congressional supporters are nominal Catholics like Nancy Pelosi, Lisa Murkowski, and John Kerry

It is to weep.