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Remember – don’t say the Angelus anymore! April 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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At least, not until Trinity Sunday!  Silly me, I forgot that after Easter, we are to pray the Regina Caeli and not the Angelus,  from Easter until Trinity Sunday (June 19)!  Here is the Regina Caeli if you are not familiar:

Regina caeli

V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Queen of Heaven

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Easter sequence and a poll! April 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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I’m rather short on time from the blogging perspective, so here’s some lovely Easter chant – Victimae Paschali Laudes, courtesy New Liturgical Movement.  Here’s a question – did your parish have any chant during the Triduum services?

Catholicism can be overcome not by logical argument, but by corrupted morals April 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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So said St. Maximillian Kolbe, in speaking about the attacks of modernists on the Church.  It was quoted by Fr. Phil Wolfe, FSSP, in this excellent sermon examining the French Revolution as a type of the end times (part 1 here, part 2 here).  Total time is about an hour, but it’s very worth listening to, as it really addresses many current, ongoing trends in our culture.  I strongly recommend listening to them both.  I don’t think the end times are imminent, but these sermons compare the current attacks on the Church to the French Revolution – there is nothing new under the sun.  The attacks on the Church always involve encouraging getting people to reject Christian moral doctrine.  Once people are separated from the moral Doctrine of the Church, once they reject it with their heart and mind, they become easily influenced to reject Church Doctrine on many subjects.  As St. Thomas Acquinas stated “show me a man who apostosizes on one issue of Faith, and I will show you that he does so on many.”

And, of course, our fallen, rebellious nature, inclines us towards rejecting the Law of God, anyway.  So when the cultural elites propose that artificial contraception is good, sexual immorality is good, homosexual acts are ‘normal,’ or even the killing of one’s own child is somehow good and empowering, these concrete evils find, in many people, a nature ready to accept these amoral, evil acts.  It is then a short walk towards rejecting a belief in hell, for if one doesn’t abide by the moral doctrines of the Church, especially sexual ones (which our innate concupiscence wants us to reject), and then towards reducing Christ to just a man who said some really nice things, and shouldn’t we get together once in a while (but certainly not every week) to commemorate this really good guy (in a family meal sort of way).  And at the same time, we can pat ourselves on the back about how good we are, and sing some songs in praise of the God who doesn’t really exist, or if He does, certainly doesn’t have any expectations of us regarding our behaviors.  For with no moral law, there is little need for hell, and without hell, we have no need of a Savior.  This, is the modernist heresy encapsulated, and I am terrified at how rampantly, how deeply and thoroughly, it has inculcated itself in the Church. 

Back to the subject that ignated so much controversy several days ago, this is a main reason to leave a heterodox parish with an irreverent Mass.  We are all inundated in a culture that tells us to disregard the moral Doctrine of the Faith.  It is in our magazines, books, the songs we listen to, TV shows, commercials, you name it, we are told repeatedly to do that which is immoral.  And we are told that doing so is good and normal.  If  you belong to a parish that doesn’t actively fight against this heavy cultural attack, you are missing out on one of, if not the, most critical resources to try to conduct one’s life in a holy manner pleasing to God.  Your arsenal of weapons to fight off this cultural degradation will be greatly limited.  In fact, if you belong to a parish where the moral doctrine is brushed off with a wink and a nod, or, worse, actively undermined and attacked, it is more likely that you will be changed by this exposure to heterodoxy, than be able to fight against it effectively and somehow witness to the Faith.  You will have to be very well formed in the Faith in order to withstand this kind of situation, and you will have to engage in many activities outside of church in order to grow closer to the Lord.  It is not impossible, and certainly if one feels called to try to witness in a heterodox parish the authentic Faith, one should do so, but I think it important to point out not only what one may be missing, but also the great dangers that will present themselves.

In either case, whether one finds an orthodox parish to support their spiritual needs, or one stays and does their best to improve things in situ, prayers are called for.  Always pray, and DO PENANCE.  We have such a need for penance.  After this week (Easter), remember penance.

Dominus vobiscum!

Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Peter the Apostle April 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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St. Peter the Apostle is a Polish-American parish located at the northwest corner of 75 (Central Expressway) and Woodall Rodgers freeway.  This parish has produced a number of vocations and is one of the more reverent parishes in the Diocese.  This parish has a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy.  This Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Peter’s will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass starting at 3 pm.  A flyer below details St. Peter’s location and all the events ongoing that day.

SAINT PETER DivineMercy may 1 2011

I’m back! April 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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I pray you had a blessed Holy Week and Easter!  We had an excellent Holy Thursday and a Good Friday dedicated to penance and service to the Lord, but Holy Saturday was not the day of prayer and reflection I would have liked.  Too many things to do.  Ah, well, prayerfully, next year will be better!  Easter was great!  What a sermon by Fr. Wolfe at Mater Dei!  I am sad to say, too many times, Easter sermons/homilies are truncated and tend to be very, very basic, to perhaps cater towards those who only make it to Mass once or twice a year.  I guess that’s appropriate, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard many very basic homilies (Jesus is good, God loves you, He died for you He loves you so much, you should really come to church more often) in the past on Easter and Christmas.  None of that at Mater Dei – there was a great sermon on how the culture continually attacks the Church, especially at Easter, and how those attacks are all fundamentally rooted in one fundamental belief – the culture, and especially so  many of the self-appointed elites, simply do not want to conform their lives to the Law of God.  Particularly with regard to moral behaviors, and most particularly with regard to sexual behaviors – that has been the reason for so very many apostasies in the past, and is the fundamental driver of the great modernist heresy in which the Church has been embroiled for many years. 

But enough of that!  Christ is Risen!  Get out to Mass during Easter week – every day this week is a feast day!  Easter actually runs all week, up until Divine Mercy Sunday, another feast!  So after weeks of (hopefully) penitence and mortification, get out and feast it up!