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Nunsense March 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, religious, sadness.
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Many may have seen this video around – it’s enough to make someone who loves nuns like me want to weep:

What was it with Kumbayah in the 60s?  Larry D asked how many of these women left their order within a few years of this…….episode.

This put me in the mind of another story that may have some allegorical import.  Back in 1963, a record producer shamelessly exploited a Dominican nun by the name of Jeanine Deckers, producing a recording of a syrupy folk song the nun had written and catapulting her to the top of the chart.  Unfortunately, this little burst of stardom took what had been, by all accounts, a happy religious life and turned it completely upside down.  Within a few years, the sister left her order while she tried to hit the high of stardom again, which never came.  Her record producer took almost all the money, her order got the rest, and poor Ms. Deckers’ wheels really came off after that – lesbianism, hostility towards the Church (very ironic, since it was her cache as a nun that made her a one hit wonder in the first place), advocacy for birth control (even a song entitled “God bless the golden pill”), chronic money problems and frequent relapse into drug and alcohol active addiction. 

Not much point to this tale, except perhaps as an allegory for what has happened in so many women’s orders over the last several decades (save, perhaps?, the excesses of drugs and alcohol).  Oh, and the dangers of succumbing both to the “glories” of the world and new found “freedom.”

Oh, those Benedictines in the video – that’s Joan Chittister’s order.  What do I mean, Joan Chittister’s – go to their website, it’s like her order has wrapped itself around her personality.  Look at their mission statement:

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing
presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability
and [social] justice, especially for women and children

Hmmm……I guess words like Christ, Truth, Church, Sacrament, just did not make the cut.

Internet leading to rise in satanism March 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I can’t think of a more heinous thing to do, spiritually, than to become involved in satanism.  After all, if you believe in satan, you must believe also in God, but consign yourself to knowingly following a path of death, destruction, misery, and lies.  In spite of all that, evil always has a certain allure for those inured in the ways of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  And with more and more people becoming increasingly cut off from the life-giving Grace of Christ (and leading increasingly sinful lives), I expect this sad, tragic trend to continue:

The web has made it easier than ever before to access information on Devil-worshipping and the occult, experts said.

Exorcism is the subject of a six-day conference being held this week at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which is under the Vatican’s authority.

“The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism,” said Carlo Climati, a member of the university who specialises in the dangers posed to young people by Satanism.

“In just a few minutes you can contact Satanist groups and research occultism. The conference is not about how to become an exorcist. It’s to share information about exorcism, Satanism and sects. It’s to give help to families and priests. There is a particular risk for young people who are in difficulties or who are emotionally fragile,” said Mr Climati.

The object of seminars was to scrutinise the phenomenon of Satanism with “seriousness and scientific rigour”, avoiding a “superficial or sensational approach”, he said.

The conference in Rome has brought together more than 60 Catholic clergy as well as doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and youth workers to discuss how to combat the dangers of Devil-worship.

Organisers say the rise of Satanism has been dangerously underestimated in recent years.

“There’s been a revival,” said Gabriele Nanni, a former exorcist and another speaker at the course……

While the number of genuine cases of possession by the Devil remained relatively small, “we must be on guard because occult and Satanist practices are spreading a great deal, in part with the help of the internet and new technologies that make it easier to access these rituals,” he said…..

Pray for those who fall for the f”ather of all lies and a murderer from the beginning.” (Jn 8:44).  Pray for more priests and exorcists and better formation on spiritual warfare.  Satan and his evil minions are real.  We are protected if we remain in a state of Grace, and if we are aware of the evil that lurks around us.  Prayer and regular reception of the Sacraments are the most effective defenses against spiritual attack. 

Another nice church renovation March 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass.
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And it appears not to expensive, either!  Check out the pics from New Liturgical Movement of a sanctuary remodel done recently on a church in Louisiana:

BEFORE

AFTER

Whoa, that’s quite a difference!  That’s lovely – and reverent and inspiring, to me.  I, of course, really like the addition of the altar rail and the changed altar position allowing celebration versus Dominum.  And the Benedictine altar arrangement.  Very nice!  I really like how the crucifix is highlighted and is predominant focus for the eyes, with the altar underneath the next point of focus.  And I bet it didn’t cost a tremendous amount, either!  This is the kind of sanctuary redesign I’d like to see more of!  Great work!

This parish, St. Peter the Apostle in Lake Charles, was largely destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005.  So, the ‘before’ is from a relatively recent church rebuild.  I am heartened they found the funding for a significant remodel so quickly!  God be praised, it may not be ideal but it’s a great improvement!

Am I the only one who would strongly support such a remodeling effort?

A nice dose of humiliation March 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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Humility is one of the virtues most necessary to advance in the interior life.   It’s also a rather difficult virtue to acquire, at least for me.  Many times, after I post various things on this blog, I see a great deal of pride in what I write.  It may not be intentional pride, but there is a certain superiority that comes through, which may be unavoidable when arguing a position, I don’t know.  But I am aware of a tendency towards pride I have, and I strive to be more humble in my actions.

In Divine Intimacy, Chapter 110, Fr. Gabriel of Mary Magdalen OCD insists that in order to grow in humility, we must accept humiliation.  He states “it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations; for just as studying is the way to acquire knowledge, so it is by the way of humiliation that we attain to humility.”  But who wants to be humiliated?  I hate that!!  But, I can see the wisdom in his words, and so I have tried to be more open and accepting of humiliating events, although my natural reaction is to run screaming from them and deny the possibility of my being humiliated even exists. 

But very recently, I’ve had some nice opportunities for humiliation.  I’m asked to read at Mass sometimes, and while I’d prefer one of the priests serve as lector, I do it.  And in the past, I’ve sung part of the lector’s part, and I’ve received a whole bunch of compliments on my singing voice.  Even though I try to brush these compliments off, I’m sure I enjoy them on some level.  But today, when asked to read, when I came to sing, I completely flubbed it.  I mean totally.  I started in the wrong key, I changed keys at the wrong point, I murdered it.  The thing is, people may not have even noticed, but I did, and I was very embarrassed.  Normally, my reaction would be to just try to forget about it, but this time, remembering that I need to grow in humility, I

Our Lady of Humility

 tried to bask in the humiliation and actually thanked God for it!  I don’t know that I’ve ever done that before……thanked God for a humiliating event.  But I needed it.  I need a great deal of humility, so I need alot of humiliations.

So when I write stupid things on this blog, you’d actually be doing me a favor by telling me, giving me a really good dressing down.  And I need to be less sure of myself, perhaps less the smugly assured “Mr. Catholic” with all the answers.  Oh, Lord, this life you call us to is not easy!  Our human natures are so in opposition to the lives we need to lead to be filled with your Grace!  The way is narrow and rocky, and few go through the narrow gate, indeed!  Help me in my pride and unbelief, for you suffered the ultimate in humiliations for our redemption!

Here is a link on St. Benedict’s 12 degrees of humility.  I’m on degree minus 3.

/wallowing in personal issues mode off