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Whoa – incredible post on prayer! August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious, Saints.
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I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Fr. Erlenbush when he got on Lila Rose and Live Action for their undercover stings of Planned Barrenhood, stating that they were sinning and lying, but of late, he’s been on a ROLL! The following is an excerpt of a lengthy post on how St. Dominic, whose feast day was recently past, prayed a Holy Hour:

“The following, then, are the special modes of prayer, besides those very devout and customary forms, which Saint Dominic used during the celebration of Mass and the praying of the psalmody. In choir or along the road, he was often seen lifted suddenly out of himself and raised up with God and the angels.”
 
 
The first way: “Saint Dominic’s first way of prayer was to humble himself before the altar as if Christ, signified by the altar, were truly and personally present and not in symbol alone.”
 
 
The second: “Saint Dominic used to pray by throwing himself outstretched upon the ground, lying on his face. He would feel great remorse in his heart and call to mind those words of the Gospel, saying sometimes in a voice loud enough to be heard: O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. [Luke 18:13]”
 
 
The third: “At the end of the prayer which has just been described, Saint Dominic would rise from the ground and give himself the discipline with an iron chain, saying, Thy discipline has corrected me unto the end [Psalm 17:36]. This is why the Order decreed, in memory of his example, that all the brethren should receive the discipline with wooden switches upon their shoulders as they were bowing down in worship and reciting the psalm Miserere  [Psalm 50] or De Profundis [Psalm 129] after Compline on ferial days.” [Do Dominicans still practice the discipline?  Why does there seem such an opposition to this practice today?]
 
 
The fourth: “After this, Saint Dominic would remain before the altar or in the chapter room with his gaze fixed on the Crucified One, looking upon Him with perfect attention. He genuflected frequently, again and again. He would continue sometimes from after Compline until midnight, now rising, now kneeling again, like the apostle Saint James, or the leper of the gospel who said on bended knee: Lord, if Thou wilt, thou canst make me clean [Matthew. 8:2].”
 
 
The fifth: “When he was in the convent, our holy father Dominic would sometimes remain before the altar, standing erect without supporting himself or leaning upon anything. Often his hands would be extended before his breast in the manner of an open book; he would stand with great reverence and devotion as if reading in the very presence of God. Deep in prayer, he appeared to be meditating upon the words of God, and he seemed to repeat them to himself in a sweet voice.”
 
 
The sixth: “Our holy father, Saint Dominic, was also seen to pray standing erect with his hands and arms outstretched forcefully in the form of a cross.”
 
There is so much more at the link! Go check it out!  Fr. Erlenbush reminds:
 
What is particularly notable about all these ways of prayer is that the body is united to the soul in offering worship and adoration to the living God. This is one reason why many fail in prayer: They do not realize that the postures of the body are generally necessary for the disposing of the soul toward meditation. This is why Archbishop Fulton Sheen insisted that a holy hour be done kneeling, rather than seated [I always strive to kneel when making a Holy Hour!]
 
One more bit of advice on prayer, the foundation of all of our relations with God, and through Him, our fellow man: “Lest any should think that the period of daily meditation were alone sufficient to the Christian soul (as though continual union with God throughout the day were not necessary)……..[great interlude on St. Dominic here]…….Why waste our time listening to music while driving in the car? Rather, we ought to reach for our Rosary and use it well – recalling that God gifted St. Dominic with great insights during his travels.
 
Do yourself a favor, and read all of it at Fr. Erlenbush’s site.

Euteneuer, Corapi, Intercessors, Voris…… August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass.
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……and now Zuhlsdorf?  The statistical likelihood that all would face various accusations of malfeasance (Zuhlsdorf’s still yet to come – I really like how he jumped on the Distorter before the fact) in the same YEAR seems like it would have to be pretty small.  A woman who writes for the Distorter has apparently been calling around and threatening and trying to intimidate people into revealing some dirt on Fr. Zuhlsdorf, especially regarding his canonical status.  Having read Fr. Zuhlsdorf for years, I wouldn’t accept any such allegations, regardless. 

So, who will be next after Zuhlsdorf?   

BTW, Fr. Zuhlsdorf is scheduled to speak at a conference in Houston later this month!  I bet it’s not too late to make plans to attend!  It’s my birthday weekend, so I’ll be wailing and bawling in my closet the entire time.  I wouldn’t make good conference company.

Catholic? hospital in Alaska hosts worst abortionist August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Many may have read about the situation at Catholic? Mercy Hospital in Colorado, where a notorious abortionist has been on staff for years.  Now, in Alaska, Joe and Defend us in Battle has found that Providence Hospital in Anchorage has a similar situation – the state’s most prolific child-killer now has a suite on hospital grounds:

Providence Hospital, a Catholic Hospital, in Anchorage, Alaska recently got a new tenant. That tenant is none other than the Alaska Women’s Health, P.C. clinic (aka Alaska Women’s Health Services) a clinic notorious for providing abortion, contraception, and sterilization. One of the head physicians within the clinic is the infamous Alaskan Abortionist: Dr. Jan Whitefield.

In a later post, Joe explains why this is such a problem:

We must expect and ensure that Catholic hospitals treat each person as if they were Christ, we wouldn’t expect a Catholic hospital to offer the services that we see from some of these clinics to the Blessed Virgin or Christ himself, so why should we accept that they offer them to the most vulnerable of our society?

No one is more poor, or vulnerable, nor innocent, than an unborn child.  They deserve the constant protection of every individual, every society, and the entire Church.  A Catholic hospital has no business hosting an abortion performing doctor on its grounds.  It is simply wrong, to have a “physician” (heal thyself) who performs acts so counter to the Church’s belief in the sanctity of every life, working and making referrals and doing who knows what else at a Catholic hospital.

I would imagine this is a wider problem than we know.  A few individuals have been identified here and there, but how many others are there?

This bears further investigation.  I pray Archbishop Schwietz will take strong action – either the abortionist Whitfield loses his credentials and ability to operate out of Providence Hospital, or Providence loses their ability to call themselves Catholic, as occurred in Phoenix with the tragic case of St. Joseph’s hospital.

Sisters of Perpetual What? August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, religious, scandals, silliness.
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Badger Catholic had a post on yesterday’s ‘recall’ elections in Wisconsin, concerning the attempt to ouster those state senators who had the temerity to moderately trim lavish union benefits.   Badger notes that the local Franciscans Sisters of Perpetual Adoration had produced a press release claiming <sigh>, that the poor will be brutalized by a mild reduction in union benefits and tiny cuts to other programs:

Wisconsin will hold elections on Tuesday to recall six Republican seats from the state legislature. These recall elections were a strong and pointed reaction to the attacks on unions made by Walker this past winter.

Wisconsin is popping up all over the news as the site of the most important elections of the year. What message will be sent to conservative lawmakers looking to disenfranchise workers, immigrants, and the economically poor? [This is a completely unnecessary, uncharitable, and unhelpful statement. You like generous taxpayer funding of government funded unions – fine.  You don’t have to claim the other side, seeking fiscal responsibility, is seekign to ‘disenfranchise’ the poor.  Actually, the BIG MONEY in this debate was always on the side of the unions] Will the message be that if you take on the working class [read as: thuggish unions]  with unfair and extreme politics [given the preceeding statement, that’s highly ironic] you can expect to lose your seat? Or will it be a green light – after some protest politicians can expect to be able to push through their extreme agendas?

I see these sisters, “with more than 130 prayer partners,” have maintained a continuous 134 years of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  That is a very noble thing.  It is sad that the press release seems more oriented towards perpetual agitation, than adoration.  I think the world would be better served by more focus on the latter, than the former.

 

I think I saw the one in the middle on the back of a Harley outside Souix Falls, SD, recently.

Every generation turns its back on God in its own way August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, religious, Saints.
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From the intriguing, but also at times maddening, book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, some excerpts on living an authentic Catholic life (segments from Chapter 6, “What is the authentic life?”.  I think these excerpts are especially apropos given the discussion that has gone on in the combox regarding my post on the Catholic girl fasting for ramadan:

Every generation turns its back on God in its own way. Our modern era has revolted violently against the idea of “God’s Will.” Desperate to maintain the illusion of being in control of their lives, many modern Christians hvae either turned their backs on God or created a new spiritual rhetoric that allows them to determine selectively God’s ‘will’ for their lives. And yet, it is the very surrendering of our own will to God’s designs that characterizes the whole Christian struggle. The spiritual life is primarily concerned with this single dynamic struggle of turning our individual will over to God. [Boy, that just about nails it.  That’s a pretty succinct summary of the Catholic view of the interior life, the dying to self, ridding ourselves of our sins and imperfections, and doing God’s Will, even as that involves taking up the Cross and following that Will in places we would often prefer, on some level, not to go]

…….external activity is less important than the internal transformation any activity is designed to achieve in our lives. Who we become is infinitely more important than what we do, and what we do only has value inasmuch  as it helps us to become [fully actuated in God’s plan of salvation for us]….

….Holiness is the goal of Christian life.

Although I am too y0ung to know anything from first hand experience, it seems to me [you’re hardly alone, Mr. Kelly] that after the Second Vatican Council, and perhaps before, a great many educators and priests stopped teaching, preaching, and speaking about this goal [of holiness]. It seems they felt it was an unattainable ideal or simply unrealistic in the changing context of the modern world.  They thought it made people feel guilty [a little guilt is not a bad thing!]. They apparently wanted to make it ieasier for people. So they threw away or watered down the great goal of Christian life [holiness].

…..if you take away the goal of Christian life, you don’t make it easier for people – you make it harder. You don’t bring them happiness; you start them along the road toward hopelessness and misery. People excel, thrive, and are ultimately happier when they hvae a higher standard to look to and strive for. I hvae never encountered a situation in which having a goal didn’t flood my spirit with hope, fill my mind with determination, and generally bring out the best in me. I t is true that our goals need to be achievable. But we make the great goals of our lives achievable by breaking them down into mangeable protions, while at the same time keeping the ultimate end in mind.

Our times are plagued by a great deal of confusion regarding religious thought. This confusion exists both inside and outside the Church.  The prophet Amos spoke of a famine of Truth. (Am 8:11)  I believe this prophecy has  its time in our own day and age……….[End quote]

The above encapsulates much thinking from many great Saints.  The reason I have posted this is because I have recently had a number of commenters come by stating that embracing other religions and their practices is a good and noble thing, and that being a Christian means “loving Jesus and loving others.”  The former practice is dangerous, especially given the indifferentism (all religions are basically the same, or share the same truths) that seems to be part and parcel of those calling for this embrace of other religions – it fails to recognize the inconceivable gem we have in this Holy Catholic Faith.  The latter is true, but also sophomoric.  It misses the point that claiming to love Jesus and others is easy – actually doing so is profoundly difficult, and requires much self-examination and much pruning away of sins, bad habits, personality defects, etc, AND also embracing charity in all we do, especially with regard to God.

But obedience is the essence of religion (Pope Benedict XVI).  We must first obey the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, and then, once purified through a profound interior life, seek to serve God through serving others.  For our exterior acts must be powered by the interior life.  Otherwise, we run the risk of acting on our own motives and desires (and almost invariably will do so), rather than doing God’s Will.  That is the wisdom of the Saints – prayer, fasting, leaving behind sin, contemplation, self-examination, receipt of the Sacraments (esp. Confession) – all this is necessary as a precursor, as the foundational basis, of our exterior apostolates.  If you read many of the Saints, you will find that most if not all of them went through periods of deep prayer and reflection before embarking on their major exterior apostolates.  This gave them the grounding they needed for their great works.

But many of us desire not to wait.