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Gonna be on the radio tonight June 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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I’ll be on the radio tonight with Jim and Vicki Middleton on 660 am KSKY at 8p.  In case you don’t get enough of me on this blog, now there’s more more MORE!

Yay me!

Well, who else’s fault could it be? June 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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I criticized Archbishop Dolan yesterday, but is there a bigger problem with the entire mindset of many in the episcopate as to how to deal with dissent within the Church?   You can guess what Michael Voris says…..

Does it seem that many bishops are more willing to speak forthrightly about issues or problems outside the Church than those within?  Some may say that the bishops are picking their battles, or quietly working to replace dissenting staff, gradually trying to improve things, etc.  That may be true in some cases, but in many it is not.  I’ve heard alot of apocraphyl data regarding serious problems (like blatant rejection of the Faith, or teaching students things directly counter to the Faith) with teachers, chancery staff, etc, being presented to various bishops and those problems being ignored.  Sometimes, those who present the evidence of the problems are punished.  That happens quite close to home, at times.  But more generally, the problem with the ‘let’s work solely to fix the problems’ mentality is that souls are lost in the interim.  We’ve been told for many years that things will get better, that they’re working on it, and yes, there are some improvements, but, again, how many souls are lost in the interim? 

A soul is a glittering jewel beyond all measure of price when it is in a state of Grace.  It is a foul, hideous stinking wretch when it is in a state of grave sin.  St. Catherine of Siena could sense the state of souls, and souls in sin made her literally sick.  I don’t think we can ever even begin to appreciate the value God places on an individual soul, at least not in this life.  The loss of a single soul is a tragedy beyond measure.  Bishops hold an unbelievable responsibility – and some profess to be concerned about ‘schism’ if they took a harder line with dissent and heresy.

But there is already a schism in the hearts and souls of many of those who profess fealty to the Church but in their hearts reject so much of what the Church believes.  Meanwhile, many either on the fence or perhaps not terribly well formed are being permanently lost in the confusion and seeming contraditions in belief, while still more a wooed away from a weak and divided Church buy the siren song of the world. 

That’s why people like me, and Voris, and many others, feel much stronger action is needed.  We desperately need strong leadership – less for ourselves, than for thousands, perhaps millions of others.

This is my kind of story! June 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Our Lady, religious, Society.
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Because it involves the Church, nuns, prayer, history, war, and miracles!  I love those kinds of stories!

American Catholic presents a little known aspect of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, where a severely overmatched force of militia, criminals, pirates, and a few professional soldiers under Andrew Jackson’s command sharply defeated a far superior British force.  How could such a thing occur?  How could a bunch of untrained irregulars beat the best professional army in the world, which outnumbered them almost 3 to 1?  Our Lady, and  nuns!

That a force of around 4,000, most of them relatively untrained militia, could hand a British army of 11,000 well-trained veteran regulars such a defeat has long been thought to be a military miracle.  Perhaps the term “miracle” is the correct one to use.  The night before the battle, at the Ursuline Chapel in the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, the nuns, joined by many of the faithful in New Orleans, prayed throughout the night for an American victory.

On the morning of January 8, 1815, Mass was said at the altar on which a statue of Our Lady of Succor had been placed.  The Prioress of the Convent, Mother Marie Olivier de Vezin made a vow to have an annual Mass of Thanksgiving said if victory was granted to the Americans.  At the moment of communion, a courier ran into the chapel announcing the American victory.  After the battle Old Hickory came to the convent to thank the nuns for their prayers.  “By the blessing of heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of war was obtained.”  In after years, whenever Jackson visited New Orleans, he always made a point of also visiting the Ursuline Covent.   The Mass of Thanksgiving has been faithfully observed each year since 1815 by the Ursulines.

There is a good deal more at American Catholic – go check it out.  The video below is pretty good – forgive the irreverence at the beginning. 

Un-Christian Civilization June 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Hmmm…..your team just won lost (sheesh I am having a hard time lately!) the Stanley Cup.  What’s the reaction?  Burn it all down!

The secular reaction might be that beer, testosterone, adrenaline, and immaturity are a bad mix.  Over at CatholicVote, they have a quote from TS Eliot that, at the least, makes me feel like my concerns over the direction of the general culture are at least in good company:

“The World is trying to experiment with attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide.”

One thing I have noted, is that these riots tend to happen far more frequently in locations that are associated with left wing government.  We’ve seen college campus riots over wins and losses, many professional teams in the NE and other older areas with long term left wing governance – is it just me, or are places with a less ‘progressive’ outlook less prone to this kind of behavior?  I don’t believe there was a riot yesterday in Dallas with the Mavs parade?