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Upcoming Ordination – James Yamauchi April 26, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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Deacon James Yamauchi will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders for the priesthood on Saturday, July 16th, at the Cathedral.  James has completed seminary in Rome. He will be one of 6 [You can’t trust me for anything, I have been told the number is 3.  I could have sworn it was 6, but I must have anticipating a future year ] men ordained this year.  This is a great blessing – for too many years in the recent past the Diocese had NO men ordained in a given year.  This year there will be six, and next year, 12.  If our prayers and penance continue to avail of the Will of God, we will see similarly high numbers for several years following – and just in time, for many priests in this Diocese are approaching retirement age.  Parochially speaking, I understand that many of these young men are very friendly to Tradition.  God be praised on all counts!  The announcement so far:

James has recently been approved for Holy Orders by his seminary faculty.  He is waiting to receive official word from his bishop who has to call him to the priesthood once the bishop has received the recommendation of the seminary faculty.

Therefore, we want to unofficially inform you that James is scheduled to be ordained to the holy priesthood on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dallas, Texas.  His Mass of Thanksgiving is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Plano, TX.  Please know that you are invited to attend both of these Masses.

We thank you for all the support you have provided James over the years and we ask that you pray for him and his classmates as they prepare for ordination this summer

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I have known James Yamauchi and his family for several years.  This is truly a blessed event. There is a strong likelihood that the Yamauchi’s will have another soon enter seminary in a few years.  May God continue to abundantly bless them.

5 ugly truths about Planned Parenthood April 26, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I believe you’ve seen all these revelations, or truths, discussed here before on multiple occasions, but it is refreshing to see a mainstream organization like National Review compile a list of 5 core truths about Planned Barrenhood.  The list:

1. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing (and profiting from) one out of every four abortions in the United States.  – Yep, I have noted as much here many times.  In fact, PB performs about 350k abortions per year.

2. Planned Parenthood increases its abortion numbers with each passing year, bucking the nearly 20-year national trend of a decreasing abortion rate. Abortion is Planned Barrenhood’s most profitable business segment, allowing the ‘non-profit’ an average of $100 million net profit per year over the past several years.

3. Planned Parenthood affiliates have failed to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.  Really – abortion and sex abuse is not good stewardship?!? 

4. Planned Parenthood fights reasonable laws to protect women and girls because such laws might undermine its ability to make money.  As I’ve said before, any organization whose number one business is butchering babies is not going to have moral qualms about aiding and abetting child sexual abuse.

5. Planned Parenthood partners with those who sexually abuse and exploit women and girls.  We’ve known all about that.

Good job to Charmaine Yoest at National Review!

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel April 26, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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And, it’s a Easter weekday, so you can double feast.  Please, go ahead and have that triple bacon cheeseburger and extra large chocolate shake, with onion rings! 

And thanks to my secret correspondent, who is not so secret but who provides material for about 5% of my posts!  I love it!

April 26 is the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel 

Litany

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,  have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,  have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,  have mercy on us.

Beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father, pray for us.
August Mother of God the Son, pray for us.
Blessed Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, pray for us.
Living temple of the Holy Trinity, pray for us.
Queen of Heaven and earth, pray for us.
Seat of Divine wisdom, pray for us.
Depositary of the secrets of the Most High, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
In our doubts and difficulties, pray for us.
In our tribulations and anguish, pray for us.
In our discouragements, pray for us.
In perils and temptations, pray for us.
In all our undertakings, pray for us.
In all our needs, pray for us.
At the hour of death, pray for us.
By thine Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
By thy happy nativity, pray for us.
By thine admirable presentation, pray for us.
By thy glorious Annunciation, pray for us.
By thy charitable Visitation, pray for us.
By thy Divine Maternity, pray for us.
By thy holy Purification, pray for us.
By the sorrows and anguish of thy maternal heart, pray for us.
By thy precious death, pray for us.
By thy triumphant Assumption, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,  Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,  Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,  Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,   And obtain for us the gift of good counsel.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, Author and Dispenser of all good, Who in becoming incarnate in the womb of the Blessed Virgin has communicated to her lights above those of all the heavenly intelligences, grant that in honoring her under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel, we may merit always to receive from her goodness, counsels of wisdom and salvation, which will conduct us to the port of a blessed eternity.

Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

O Mary of Good Counsel, inflame the hearts of all who are devoted to you, so that all of them have shelter in you, O great Mother of God. O most worthy Lady, let everyone choose you as teacher and wise counselor of their souls, since you are, as Saint Augustine says, the counsel of the Apostles and counsel of all peoples. Amen

 And don’t forget to continue your Divine Mercy Novena!

Via Holy Card Heaven, a nice card for this day:

What’s wrong with this picture? April 26, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, silliness.
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How about a contest?  How many things are wrong with this picture?  I can think of 5 off the top of my head.  No……six. 

I shouldn’t poke fun, but sheeeeesh!  Talk about ‘playing at.’  This one photo explains a great deal about the collapse of anglicanism/episcopalianism.  Any organization that produces taste that bad should by any right be doomed.

The preceding is ample proof of my lack of virtue.

Good Catholic prayer books – UPDATED! April 26, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life.
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I’ve been using Fr. Hardon’s Catholic Prayer Book for years as a sort of general purpose Catholic prayer book. It has all the standard prayers, many devotionals and novenas, a section on prayers for Mary, St. Joseph, sayings from various Saints, quotations from Popes on certain subjects, etc.  It also has a nice set of prayers to say before, during, and after Mass.  I’ve used it to the point it is falling apart.  I’d say it’s a very good book, a bit light perhaps on Latin and certain Traditional prayers, but certainly good for 97% of all occasions. It is one of the books I generally have with me at all times.

I’ve also heard good things about Fr. Francis Xavier Lasance’s My Prayer Book.  In fact, I have read some opinions that this book is better than Fr. Hardon’s book.  It seems a bit hard to find, although Amazon and Alibris do have copies for sale at the moment.  I could find no picture, however.  I just ordered a copy, I hope it is as good as I have read.  Although, I don’t know that I could ever replace my Catholic Prayer Book – that book has been with me since my conversion and I have used it so much.  I lost track of it for a little while the other day and kind of freaked out. 

Any other recommendations for good, general purpose Catholic prayer books?  I’m always on the lookout for good books on this subject, especially those published a while back (the Lasance book was published in 1944). 

I would greatly value any recommendations in this area.  I think a good, general purpose prayer book, if used religiously, can be a very helpful tool in formation and growth in sanctification.  Certainly, the Catholic Prayer Book has been an instrumental part of my growth, little though it may be, as a Christian.  I will amend this post with any recommendations.

Dominus vobiscum!

UPDATE: Providentially, I was at a used book store last night and found a neat little book called, simply, ‘Catholic Prayers.’  It was published in 1891, and had all sorts of older style prayers, which I really like.  I looked through it quickly, and even though the price was high, I thought, “This is great.  Just what I’m looking for, I’ll get this.”  After I got out of the store, I saw on an inside page that the book was indeed “Catholic Prayers,” but the title continued “For Church of England People.”  Uff da!  I’ll give it to my mom for mother’s day!  It’s very Anglo-Catholic, meaning the Catholic side of anglicanism, so perhaps she’ll get some good use out of it.

The sad thing is, the prayers in this little book are more ‘Catholic’ than most of what passes for Catholic today!  Could the deeply 
Angl0-Catholics of the CoE of 70-80 years ago be more Catholic than……….hmmm……..

UPDATE2: A commenter lelpfully left this link to Fraternity Publishers – I assume they are related to FSSP, but I’m not certain how.  A number of good books there – I have about half of them.  Many are not quite the type of prayer book I was referring to, but you can see both Hardon’s Catholic Prayer Book and Lasance’s My Prayer Book there!  Many thanks to the commenter!