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Pride March 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, religious.
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Pride is probably a sin many of us have to deal with, but it can be very tricky to identify all the areas where one acts out of pride.  And there are many who become very full of pride and just refuse to recognize it.  Some may even think that being prideful, having a very high opinion of oneself, is no big deal with regard to the interior life.  St. John Eudes gives us some insight into why pride can be so corrosive in our relations with God:

O Divine Word, You humbled yourself even unto death an dwilled to be treated as the least of men by sinners, by demons, and even by the Holy Spriit and by your eternal Father. [So, Christ wasn’t just left to die by men, he was even cut off from the sustaining Grace of His Father] You did all this to glorify  Your Father, to make reparation for the offenses committed against Him by our pride, to confound and destroy our arrogance and to teach us to detest vanity and to love humility. Oh! how truly can we see that pride dishonors God and is  very displeasing to Him, since it was necessary for You, the Son of God, to be so humiliated in order to atone for such dishonor! We can truly say also that vanity is a monstrous thing, since in order to destroy it, You were willing to be reduced to such humiliation! Oh! how firmly must we believe that in the eyes of God humility is an infinitely precious treasure adn a jewel most pleasing to Him, since You, His divine Son, willed to be so humiliated to make us love this virtue, and to urge us to imitate You in the practice of it, and thus merit the grace to perform its works!

After I read things like this, it makes me want to close down the blog for good!  Then I read this in Vera Sapientia, True Wisdom, by Thomas a Kempis:

Great science and virtue do not consist in the desire of teaching and correcting others, but of governing yourself, of humbly receiving correction, and of fervently amending your lives: this is great wisdom before God and men.

Learn to make things that are indifferent good, not to pass judgment on things you do not know; to avoid what is bad, to bear with the conduct and defects of the imprefect, and to commit to God what you cannot mend.

Consider that God has borne with you in m any thinks and even now daily bears wtih you, and yet you do not amend, as you have often said nad priomsed; but He patiently bears with you, adn waits for  you, that you may do peanance, know your weakness, and humbly beg pardon, and that you do not despise or rashly judge anyone.

Bear therefore with your brother in few things, as God bears with you in many; the devout and humble speak few words, that they may not be interiorly distracted by excess of speech. The proud speak harshly, the angry dsitrub others, and the corrected are trubled.

It is the greatest dignity to be humble to all, to consdier yourself inferiror to others, and to desire willingly to serve all for Christ, who said, ‘I am in the midst of you, as one who ministers’………It is a great ar to know how to be silent……

<sigh>  So far to go, Lord, so far to go…….

Catholic Charities awards the man most responsible for the collapse of Catholic higher ed March 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, General Catholic, religious, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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This is an example of why I don’t give to Catholic Charities:

Father Theodore Hesburgh, who served as the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, has been awarded Catholic Charities USA’s Centennial Medal, “the most prestigious symbol of Catholic Charities’ first 100 years.”

Father Hesburgh, now 93, “is a person who perfectly embodies the spirit and the meaning of all that we stand for,” said Catholic Charities USA board member Kathleen Flynn Fox. “We honor a man not only deeply admired and respected in this country, but around the world,” added Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “Few are of his caliber.”

Father Hesburgh was a principal organizer and signatory of the Land O’ Lakes Statement, in which Catholic university presidents declared their “true autonomy and academic freedom in the face of authority of whatever kind, lay or clerical.”  The priest also faced criticism for his role as board member and chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, a staunch advocate of population control. (Hesburgh retired as chairman in 1982.) In 2008, Father Hesburgh told the Wall Street Journal that he had no objection to the ordination of women.

Catholic Charities receives over 80% of its funding from the federal government.  For many staff at Catholic Charities, what is good for big, liberal government is viewed as being good for Catholic Charities.  It is sadly no surprise that they would award a many like Fr. Hesburgh, whose infamous ‘Land O’ Lakes conference’ led to the near total collapse of the Faith at virtually every Catholic college in the country.  Fr. Hesburgh is on the team, so to speak, and team members love to hand out awards to each other.

In this life, we are bound to be disappointed March 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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We know from Scripture that man is fallen.  We know that the Church is made up of men.  And so even though the Church is beautiful, the Bride of Christ, the Mystical Body, our great hope and the vehicle of our salvation, there will always be problems and disappointments because of the fallible men and women who make up the Church.

For quite some time, I have held a particular parish is high regard.  This parish is not in the Dallas Diocese, but I’ve been to it many times and it’s a very fine church in terms of art and architecture – everything so many Catholic parishes are not nowadays.  And the liturgy celebrated there is very reverent, the Sacrifice of the Mass seems to be focus of life there.  But, unfortunately, I have learned things about the operation of the parish, about the pastor and some of the deacons, etc., who make up the leadership, that are very troubling – inexcusable, in fact.  And I’ve learned that the highly touted school may not be uber-faithful institution of Catholic learning it purports itself to be. 

Suffice it to say, even among some priest pastors or others one would expect to really be really faithful and holy, one can find a worldliness, a willingness to accept what the world decrees as good and normal and a hostility to both the Truth, or some part of it, and our call to conduct our lives in a way radically different from what the world decrees.  One can find angry judgements directed at those who do not conform to the dictates of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  And in some cases, the actions of a priest can end a very strong call to the vocation of Holy Orders, and can play a major part in severe familial strife.  It is very discouraging. 

We have so very much to pray for.  Pray for good and holy priests whose private beliefs and actions match the high rhetoric evidenced in public.  Pray for a change in our culture.  Pray for strength for those who struggle to adhere to the Faith even in the midst of great disappointments and hostility.  I just pray for greater faith for everyone, for the whole Church, for many, many more Saints.

Thanks for your prayers March 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Good St. Joseph.
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I was fairly nervous going into Friday and all the work we needed to do to our house, since our contractor has seemingly disappeared on us.  I was afraid we’d make a horrible mess of things, or run into severe problems and wind up with the house in a worse state than it was when we started.  Thanks to your prayers, none of that happened, we worked very hard and very long, but we got the framing fixed, the windows put in, and the exterior bricked in.  We only had one minor screwup during the whole 3 days.  Thanks very much to my brother in law Jeff and his wife Frances for their help.  Jeff did all the brick work, which was great, because I could never have achieved that level of quality.  Then, after many hours of exhausting physical labor, he had to drive home 5 hours to San Antonio!  I cannot thank them enough!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers!  I pray we can get this house addition done over the next couple of weeks!

Good St. Joseph definitely helped!

An update on the Fr. Corapi accusations March 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, blogfoolery, foolishness, General Catholic, religious, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Santa Cruz Media, the corporation that holds the rights to all Fr. Corapi materials, issued the following statement on Friday:

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. [I’m not sure why they made this statement.  The Diocese of Corpus Christi has denied any involvement in forcing Corapi to take administrative leave and his own superior, Fr. Gerry Sheehan of SOLT has stated it was SOLT’s decision to put Corapi on leave.  This statement is surprising – ED] It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. [We must take into account that this is the report of someone who worked closely with Fr. Corapi.  While this description may be true, there may be other factors or evidence to consider.  However, this seems damning testimony for the accuser. -ED] We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. [There have been many snide comments on various sites, even some normally faithful Catholic blogs, about Fr. Corapi not giving away more content, or the amount of money he makes from videos, speaking, etc. This is likely a response to those kinds of comments, and a statement of fact. Very long ago, Fr. Corapi, recognizing the kind of hostility his presentations of the Truth were likely to produce, decided to incorporate a lay organization along the lines of EWTN and protect himself from the influence of donors.  He has been threatened with having his “tax-exempt status” revoked in the past for being too partisan, but he has no tax exempt status.  Santa Cruz is not a charitable organization – ED] Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

 Sincerely yours in Christ,

  Bobbi Ruffatto
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

Interesting.  We’ll see what comes next.  The priest-chasing, litigious SNAP are sniffing around trying to find any dirt on Corapi at present.  This accusation could be just a one-off from a disgruntled employee, or it could be part of a concerted effort.  I’m skeptical it’s genuine, but who knows.