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On the radio tonight AND tomorrow! August 4, 2011

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I will be on the radio tonight again on the Life and Liberty show with Jim and Vicki Middleton, on 660 KSKY at 8pm CDT.  Fr. Michael Rodriguez of San  Juan Bautista parish in El Paso will be joining us.  You may remember Fr. Rodriguez from my many posts on his efforts against fake gay marriage in El Paso. Tomorrow night, more Michael Voris!  You can also listen on the web at www.ksky.com

More on the Knights August 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This seems to be an issue that causes alot of hot opinions.  More data from Michael Voris:

In my experience, of those claiming they will ‘fight from the inside,’ only a very small percentage (perhaps 1 in 20) will actually take concrete steps to do so.

Oh fer…….nominally Catholic girl fasts for ramadan August 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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“I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no strange gods before me……”  Apparently, that bit of Catholic trivia might not be dwelled on too deeply at an Oregon………sigh………Catholic high school, where student Jordan Pahl, who has decided not be confirmed in the Church, decided to fast for ramadan in multi-culti observance of her friend’s (superior?) religion:

For a month last year, Jordan Pahl, 16 at the time, awoke each day before sunrise. She dragged herself out of bed at 4 a.m., trudged down the stairs and grabbed an apple or yogurt out of the refrigerator. It was to be her last bit of sustenance before nightfall.

Jordan was fasting for Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

But Jordan isn’t Muslim; she’s Catholic. She chose to fast with her Muslim friend, Dahlia Bazzaz.

[Admin note – I had a larger excerpt, but the NAZIs at The Oregonian threatened to sick their lawyers on me if I didn’t reduce content.  After over 1700 posts and liberal use of the Fair Use doctrine, this is the first time I’ve been so chastised.  Pretty funny, too, because it’s the first time I’ve EVER linked to that fine NW publication.  Just goes to show, leftists are very free with your money, but they’re very protective of their own.

There was a time when Christians made fun of muslims for their wimpy fasting practices.  I will admit, I’m not a strong faster myself, some of which is related to my heart arrythmia, but some of which is just gluttony and weakness on my part.  But I at least have gained a knowledge of the great role suffering and self-denial plays, or should play, in the Catholic Faith, which goes way beyond ‘giving up candy for Lent.’  It seems doubtful this child has been given much exposure to this critical area of Catholic theology and the interior life.

So…..is this insignificant, or a telling sign of a Church in trouble, where another core aspect of the Faith has somehow escaped the attention of a child entirely educated in……ahem…….Catholic schools?  And is it appropriate for a muslim to attend a Catholic school?  Should not the Faith form an indispensable part of not just the curriculum, but the very essence of such a school?  Or is the Faith so marginalized that attending this ‘Catholic’ school poses absolutely no problem for a muslim?  From the mission statement of St. Mary’s Academy, it doesn’t seem the Faith is viewed as being all that critical: “St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic high school for young women, provides a challenging college-preparatory education in a vibrant learning environment.  St. Mary’s, a diverse community, educates the whole person by nurturing spirituality, encouraging creativity,promoting justice, and inspiring a sense of global interdependence to prepare students for service and leadership.”

Reviewing their website, it seems pretty heavy on the lefty multi-culti aspect, don’t it?

By faith we begin to know God as we shall one day know Him in Heaven….. August 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Saints.
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…..I pray!  Here I am, preparing to beat you down again uplift you with more Divine Intimacy, Chapter 241, Wednesday, 7th Week after Pentecost:

Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Heb 11:6) because faith is the foundation of all our relations with Him. For the man without faith, God has neither meaning, nor value, nor place in his life. On the other hand, the more lively our faith is, the more God enters into our life, until finally He becomes our all, the one great reality for which we live, and the One for whom we courageously face sorrow and death. It is only when faith has penetrated deep into the soul that we can exclaim with St. Paul, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord, or whether we die, we die unto the Lord” (Rom 14:8). We do not lack faith, but it is not sufficiently alive and practical to make us see God in everyting and over everything, thus giving us the sense of His essential, transcendent, and eternal reality, which infinitely surpasses all the immediate and passing realities of this life…….Having raised us in a state of divine sonship, God has made us capable of sharing His intimate Life, His Life of knowledge and love. For this purpose, He has given us the theological virtues together with Grace. Faith allows us to share His life of knowledge, and charity, His life of love.

Faith enables us to know God as He knows Himself, although certainly not exhaustively [we see as in a mirror, darkly (1 Cor 13:12)] Our intellect can give us only natural light on God and creatures; faith, on the contrary, gives us the supernatural light that is a participation in the Light of God, in the knowledge God has of Himself and of creatures

St. Thomas says that “faith is a habitual disposition of the soul by which eternal life begins in us,” it is a “beginning of eternal life” (IIa, IIae, q.4, a.1, co.) In fact, by faith we begin to know God as we shall one day know Him in Heaven. There we shall know Him unveiled in the light of glory; here below we know Him dimly by means of the Truth which faith proposes to us to believe, Truth which gives us, however, the very same God.  Faith and the Beatific Vision are like two phases of the same knowledge of God: faith gives us an initial, obscure, imperfect knowledge; the beatific vision, where faith will end, will give us full, clear, perfect knowledge.  [But, the greater our faith, the greater our knowledge of the Truth, and the closer we come to God.  Some of the greatest Saints, like St. Catherine of Siena, were given the Grace to experience the infinite bliss of the Beatific Vision while still earth, such was their faith.  That should be the goal for all of us.]

The more lively our faith is, the more we shall enjoy here below an anticipation of the knowledge of God which we shall possess in Heaven. The more lively our faith and the more imbued with love it is, the higher will be our degree of glory [in Heaven]  and hence, of our vision of God. Today’s faith must prepare us for the Beatific Vision of tomorrow; it shold make us enter, even on earth, into communion with the thought and the knowledge of God. In this way, faith elevates us immeasurably above our human reasonings, our human thoughts [and guides us into life eternal.]

A question – does anyone enjoy these posts from various spiritual books, or are they a beat down?  I know the ‘controversial’ posts attract the most traffic, but these are the posts I most enjoy.  Does my indulging in them annoy you, my dear readers?  Please let me know.

Dominus vobiscum!

Today is the Feast of St. Jean Marie Vianney (1970 calendar) August 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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Patron Saint of priests, and a man who lived in the Confessional:

The holy Curé of Ars is well recognized as the great apostle of the confessional. Pope Benedict, in declaring the Year for Priests, explicitly presented St. John Vianney as a model for priests in their ministry as confessors.
Much has been said and much is known of how this holy priest spent untold hours (even to sixteen and more hours a day) in the confessional. That he could “read souls” is well attested by testimony even from before his death. It has even been related that the evil one once cried out, “If there were two priests like John Vianney, my kingdom on earth would crumble!”
And so, we all must pray that the good Jesus would send us more priests like the humble St. John Vianney. The priests as well must implore the Savior for all the many graces necessary for growth as a confessor.
Still, the priests must also imitate the example of St. John Vianney – we priests should be asking ourselves, “How did the Curé become such a good confessor?” This question will lead us back to Monday’s saint: Alphonsus Liguori…………..
 
It is obvious that no man can hope to be a good confessor if he has not dedicated himself to the serious study of the great doctors and spiritual masters of the confessional. If even St. John Vianney was in error before reading St. Alphonsus, how much more do today’s priests stand in need of instruction from the Doctor of Morals! Indeed, it would be more than rash for a priest to hear confessions without working to acquire the knowledge and wisdom required of the confessor, and this he can only hope to gain through study.
Fr. Erlenbush then goes on to list a number of sources for priestly formation in the art of Confession.  I think any of these sources would also make profound reading for any lay person interested in growing in the interior life!   If I weren’t already facing a stack of books adding up to at least a year’s worth of reading, I’d go get some of these now, but I think I’ll demure until I get my stack whittled down a bit.  As we used to say in the old College of Engineering, if I didn’t have to sleep, I could get everything done I should!
 
 

Miracle of loaves and fishes and priests and Communion August 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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I posted a bit on the miracle of the loaves and fishes, taking an analysis from Fr. Erlenbush’s blog New Theological Movement.  There is an aspect of this miracle that bears emphasis, which I really did not get to the other day.  In the miracle (Mt 14:13-21), Jesus feeds a crowd of tens of thousands from a trifling amount of food – 5 loaves and 2 fish.  But Jesus does not feed the crowd directly.  Instead, he gives the bread and fish to the disciples, who then take it themselves and distribute it to the crowd.  This is an obvious ‘type’ for Holy Communion – the priest should distribute Holy Communion himself.  Note that the modernist error, that the ‘real miracle’ of the loaves and fishes (which denies Jesus’ Divinity, btw), was the people sharing what they already had, and even putting some of their excess into the baskets the disciples had (12 baskets for 12 disciples), which were then returned filled, implies that the people distributed the bread and fish to each other.  In fact, this modernist “re-imagination” of the miracle of the loaves and fishes is deviously brilliant, perhaps not entirely humanly so – it simultaneously attacks Jesus’ Divinity, the institution of the Eucharist, priestly distribution of Communion, and as I said argues for lay people distributing Communion AND makes the Mass more about a community meal than a great Sacrifice.  It is terrifying how much error can flow from one modernist reinterpretation.

Also note Jesus’ supreme humility, which is mirrored every day in the Mass.  While all the power behind the miracle comes from Jesus, he gives the miracle to His disciples to implement.  But it is clear that the crowd understood clearly the Ultimate Source of the miracle, just as we must always be clear that the Eucharist is both Source and Summit of our Faith and the supreme Sacrifice of God made man who desires so much to be with us that he becomes our very food, for even from the ancient Jewish rituals a sacrifice must be consumed.   Thus we should always treat the Eucharist with the highest reverence possible, which for nearly 2000 years meant that only priests would handle and distribute Holy Communion.

Logically speaking, I am shocked that this modernist……..slandering, really…….of this miracle, has ever gained any traction, because so much error can flow from it and so much Truth is denied in supporting it.  But I have heard this “interpretation” given in homilies, locally, and recently. 

There are so  many things to pray for, I should do nothing but pray.