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Corpus Novena June 14-22 June 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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Start today!  Sorry I’m late!

Novena Honoring the Body and Blood of Christ

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
 I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy. 
I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Your- self my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You. 
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me.
 I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation. 
I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations. 
I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners. 
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul. 
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me. 
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request). 
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy
eternity with You in Heaven. Amen

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
You have given them bread from Heaven. 
Having all sweetness within.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/Corpus_Christi.htm#ixzz1PI7URmA3

Something we need more of…..pilgrimages! June 14, 2011

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Every year in France, there is a pilgrimage to the Chartres Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of the Faith of very simple (and poor) people who loved the Lord and His Church at the climax of Christendom (ca. AD 1275).  Here are a few photos from this year’s pilgrimage, courtesy New Liturgical Movement:

I've gotta have a picture of a nun!

Priests.......wearing cassock and biretta.......in public.......how can it be?!?

I would definitely assist in an effort like this!  I have participated in a few processionals, they weren’t even pilgrimages, but all were confined to Church property.  How about a great witness to our Faith with a Corpus Christi procession on public streets every year!  Say, starting at the Cathedral and marching around downtown, demonstrating our love for our Eucharistic Lord to the tony denizens of downtown hi-rise condos?  I’d love to march through the streets behind my Lord!

Also from New Liturgical Movement, check out this video of the all night vigil of Pentecost at St. Sergius in Moscow:

I admire the liturgy of the Byzantines, but know they are a schismatic sect!  I pray for their return to Unity!

Part 2 of an examination of ‘liberal Catholicism’ June 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, religious, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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I posted last week portions of part 1 of James Hitchcock’s essay ‘The Failure of Liberal Catholicism.”  The conclusion of Part 2 below:

As the history of modern Protestantism and Judaism shows, the principal achievement of liberal religion is to persuade people that they do not need religion at all. Liberal Catholicism has achieved its goal of undermining many traditional beliefs and practices, but it has thereby also undermined itself—issues like women’s ordination do not interest people who belong to the Church in the same way they might belong to a health club. A decreasing number of liberals even bother to call themselves Catholics, and in a sense the “best” liberal Catholics are those who have left the Church entirely.

But by no means all those who leave the Church do so because they consider its doctrines too rigid. On the contrary, an unknown number have joined fundamentalist Protestant groups, often complaining that their liberal priests offered them only a worldly version of the Gospel.

Liberal Catholics are in full flight from what they consider the neurotic guilt inflicted on them by their religious upbringing, but this sense of oppression is mainly confined to teachings about sex.

The concept of “social sin”—racism, colonialism, unjust economic and social structures—whatever validity it might have, imposes on people a burden of guilt that they can never lift, because social sin is precisely defined as sins whose perpetrators do not fully recognize their complicity, so that they must be lashed over and over again.

Massingale asserts that white people are so deeply implicated in a racist culture that those who think they are free are complicit precisely for that reason. An NCR editor praises a book (published by Maryknoll) that denies that racism can even be addressed within the context of American culture, because “racism and genocide are constitutive of the United States….”

In the end, modern liberalism—both secular and religious—has to do with control in the name of freedom. The bitterness that now suffuses the once-optimistic liberal movement is a belated awareness that—at least in the Catholic Church—that program has failed.

You should read the whole thing, if you can  make it through it.  I’ve read alot, seen a great deal of heresy, but what was presented by Dr. Hitchcock took even my breath away at times – I had to look away.  While some may argue he has cherry-picked egregious examples, the sheer number of and outlandishness of many of the claims make his point rather convincingly – that liberal Catholicism is neither. 

And he gives extensive coverage to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious own personal theologian, and one of our favorites – Dr. Rick Gaillardetz! 

At the 2010 meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, two lay theologians—Catherine Clifford and Richard Gaillardetz—warned that in the past, tradition “has been cooped to convey values of ideology and dominant self-interest.” But liberal Catholicism is now itself an ideology, and the rationalization of self-interest is nowhere more obvious than among organized professionals.

Clifford and Gaillardetz complained that theologians labor under “episcopal suspicion” and asserted that theologians “exhibit loyalty to the magisterium only insofar as the magisterium exhibits its own proper service to God’s word,” a formula that allows theologians the final judgment as to what constitutes God’s word.

Part of the liberal conceit is the claim that Vatican officials are ignorant and do not understand the theologies they judge, a claim that by implication applied even to Pope Benedict when he was head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, even though he is one of the great theologians of the age.

Some theologians now claim to be a “second magisterium” whose teaching authority is equal to, even superior to, that of the hierarchy, a claim that ignores the fact that throughout the history of the Church it has always been the hierarchy—usually gathered in councils—who have rendered final judgment about doctrine.

Clifford and Gaillardetz defined the role of the theologian as that of preserving “the priority of the lived faith of the Church over its doctrinal formulations,” implying that the two are incompatible. But, having excluded both hierarchical authority and “popular opinion,” the two theologians seemed by default to leave the professionals as the people uniquely qualified to determine what is or is not “lived faith.” (McBrien denounces the lived faith expressed in Eucharistic adoration.)

I seriously pray for these folks, several times a day.  I pray they have the humility to convert and submit to the Authority that Christ instituted in His Church.  We all deal with pride, and I’m one of the worst offenders of egregious self-love, but I perhaps have a kernel of humility that tells me I’m not nearly as great as I think I am, and I need the Church to help me improve, to shuck off the old man and put on the new.  Traditional Catholic religious life and spirituality has been a tremendous aid to me – the examples of the Saints and God’s Grace has allowed me to make whatever little progress I have. I really pray that these folks convert before their particular judgement, and before that – that they can know the joy and peace that comes from submitting to an Eternal Truth, not one made up on the fly or that changes every other day, but one Eternal Truth that is a constant guide and applies to all men everywhere.  That is the beauty of the Church.

Follow God’s Truth or face disaster? June 14, 2011

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Voris picks up a point I raised last week, regarding our fallen human nature’s tendency towards self-destruction in times of plenty.  OK, so Voris looks at this tendency from a somewhat different viewpoint, but his concern is the same – that if mankind continues to reject God and the objective Truth he has revealed, we face disaster.  His views on recent history presented in the video below bear directly on something I posted yesterday – the seeming abandoning of this Truth by many Catholics, including those in the hierarchy, especially in the period 1955-1990.  Cardinal Cushing’s claim that he “could not impose his morals on someone else” with regard to contraception speak to a crisis of confidence, at least, of that objective Truth.  50 years further down the road, we can see the results – the moral decay of society in this brief span of time is a collapse nearly unprecendented in human history, at least in societies untouched by mass calamaties.  Such a great falling away has not occurred in the history of Christendom, at least not on such a scale – ‘The Apostasy from Christendom,’ Dr. Warren Carroll calls it.  Anyway, the video:

Latin Mass report – UPDATED! June 14, 2011

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The first Latin Mass held at St. Mark in……possibly ever?……..was a great, resounding success last night.  The Mass was beautiful – the Chant Schola did a remarkable job, I think most folks were able to follow along reasonably well using the Latin-English Missals, and attendance was quite high for a weekday Mass – I would estimate between 250 and 300 people attended (I was contacted by Fr. Hopka, who said the ushers counted 158.  I do suffer from general hysterics).  There were  a few snags and hiccups – it was obvious some folks were having a bit of trouble knowing where to respond to the priest and how to pronounce some of the words – but for a first Mass I think it was great.  There were a large crowd of St. Mark regulars, many who attend Latin Mass in other parts of the Diocese, and some folks who I think came out just to go to a Latin Mass.  I pray they all come back, and more come!  It was truly a blessed evening.

I have been somewhat remiss in expressing my thanks to all those who have made this Mass possible.  First thanks goes to our dear Lord, whose Grace has certainly moved the souls of many to desire this type of Mass and see it through to fruition.  I express great thanks to Bishop Kevin Farrell for responding to personal requests for this type of Mass and helping insure that it was very successful.  Of course much gratitude is due to Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor of St. Mark, for working with the Bishop to meet this request, and Fr. Jack Hopka for serving as celebrant – he did a very good job!  And to all who have been praying for more Masses of this type in the Diocese – thanks very much!  Thanks to all who attended!

If you would like to send a note of thanks to those involved in bringing about this Mass, I have contact some contact info for all:

Fr. Cliff Smith – cgsmith49@aol.com
Pastor, St. Mark Catholic Church
1201 Alma Drive 1100 W. 15th St
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 423-5600

Fr. Jack Hopka (hopkaj@yahoo.com)
Parochial Vicar
1201 Alma Drive 1100 W. 15th St.
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 423-5600

Bishop Kevin Farrell (I used to have Bishop Farrell’s e-mail – can’t find it!)
Diocesan Pastoral Center
P.O. Box 190507
Dallas, TX 75219
214-379-2816 (for his assistant, Elsa Espinoza)

I suggest a kind letter expressing thanks to Bishop Farrell would be most well received.  It would probably not hurt to express, succinctly, the value you derive from more traditional forms of the Mass and your hope that this Mass may lead to more like it if successful. 

I must think of some great sacrificial offering to give in thanksgiving for this Mass!  What a tremendous blessing!

UPDATE: Text updated above.  Sorry for the errors in the original!