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Novena to our Sorrowful Mother September 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady, Virtue.
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There is a similar Novena in April, and although I am technically a day late, you can still start your Novena to our Sorrowful Mother today and finish on the Feast Day for Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15:

MOST BLESSED and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother’s pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart.

I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,

Here pause and name the favours which you are asking Our Sorrowful Mother to obtain for you through this Novena. (Let your secondary intention be to pray for the intentions of all the people making this Novena anywhere in the world. Thus a great mass prayer for all Novena intentions will arise to Our Blessed Mother.)

For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears?

Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary, Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.
(Seven times)


Beyond Awesomeness! September 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Latin Mass, Our Lady.
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6th Century Roman Chant – the persistent influence on Byzantine/Orthodox Chant is readily apparent:

I love the deep bass background vocals!  I can see myself in Ravenna! 

What is amazing to me is how “muslim” this sounds.  Yet another thing ripped off by islam – this chant predates islam by 100 years.

Don’t know about you, I could listen to this all day.

Here’s a Russian Orthodox chant that has that same bass line:

Hey, check out this one – Puer natus est nobis – especially the Gloria at 2:27:

I’m going to marry the guy who put up all these videos!  Oh, wait……..

h/t Fr. Tim Finigan

It must be known………Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus September 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness, scandals, Society.
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The Church needs to be proclaimed for what it is – the totally unique institution of Christ that, fidelity to which is required for Salvation.

I do wish folks who are critical of RCTV because of the Vortex videos would remember that the Vortex series are a small part of RCTV’s work.

Apologist Matthew Kelly coming to North Texas Oct. 1 September 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life.
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I had never heard of Matthew Kelly until this summer, when I was given a copy of his book Rediscovering Catholicism.  I blogged a little on this book some time back.  I can’t say I’m entirely on board with the book – there are some problematic aspects, such as an overemphasis on our own efforts to become holy that could lead people down some very unfortunate paths (remember, the best we can do is to cooperate with Grace).   But, the book could have a good deal of merit for trying to reengage people who have been either away from the Faith for a while, or just going through the motions. He definitely has a great deal of passion and fire for the Faith, and I know some people really like his books. 

Mr. Kelly will be speaking in Gainesville on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9am to 1:30 pm at 401 N. Dixon St at the, hmmm……First Christian Church.  Tickets are $39, and special musical guest Eliot Morris will also be performing.  You can call (940) 736-4090 or (940) 736-5405. 

 In the Rediscovering Catholicism book, Mr. Kelly presents his seven pillars of developing a vibrant Catholic faith.  These include, Confession, contemplation, assisting regularly and actively praying the Mass, fasting, spiritual reading, and praying the Rosary.  Here is Mr. Kelly expounding on Confession:

I can’t attend, we have a family reunion in Harper that weekend, but if anyone does attend let me know how it was.

BTW, the best BBQ in America might be served at this inauspicious looking place – Easy Pickens.

Another study indicts Catholic schools…. September 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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….at least so far as transmitting the Faith to those who attend.  In fact, those who attend Catholic schools are more likely to reject Church Doctrine on a whole slew of subjects, ranging from the Authority of the Church to the infallibility of Scripture to moral doctrines like abortion and contraception, than those who attend public schools.  However, those who attend Catholic schools do receive an excellent secular education, which, in the final analysis, is meaningless:

A two-year study of graduates from Catholic, Protestant and home schools found the choice of private education, when compared to public education, had significant effects on the students’ academics, civics and faith – but not necessarily the effects one might expect.

For example, the study found, the adjusted net effect on students of private, Catholic schooling versus public schooling was to produce graduates even less likely to believe in moral absolutes, to respect the authority of the Catholic Church, to believe in the infallibily of Scripture or to condemn premarital sex. [this finding ties in precisely with the examples given by the numerous students and teachers at Catholic private schools who commented on this blog recently.]

…….The Cardus Education Survey, a million-dollar study conducted by Cardus in a research partnership with the University of Notre Dame, analyzed both quantitative and qualitative research into the lives of nearly 2,500 American high school graduates between the ages of 24-39, measuring at least 43 different categories of academic, spiritual and civic life……..

“In many cases, the difference in outcomes between Catholic and Protestant Christian schools is striking,” the study states. “Catholic schools provide superior academic outcomes, an experience that translates into graduates’ enrollment in more prestigious colleges and universities, more advanced degrees and higher household income.

…….”At the same time, however, our research finds that the moral, social and religious dispositions of Catholic school graduates seem to run counter to the values and teachings of the Catholic church,” the study concludes. [Again, this is precisely what I experienced on this blog]  “For example, students graduating from Catholic schools divorce no less than their public school counterparts, and significantly more than their Protestant Christian and non-religious private school peers. Similarly, having attended Catholic school has no impact on the frequency with which those graduates will attend church services [!!], and Catholic school graduates are less likely to serve as leaders in their churches.”

The study also found, “On every measure of traditional religious beliefs, Protestant Christian school graduates show significantly more adherence to the church teachings than their peers, findings that hold up after rigorous controls, indicating the impact of the Protestant Christian school on the long-term religious beliefs of their graduates.”

The authors of the study concluded, “Protestant Christian schools play a vital role in the long-term faith of their students, while Catholic schools seem to be largely irrelevant, sometimes even counterproductive to the development of their students’ faith.” [If Catholic schools are, even to a small degree, counterproductive to the process of sanctification, then they need immediate and drastic reform.  Because in the end, the true end, Nothing. Else. Matters.]

– All private schools, even non-religious and home schools, showed significant positive effect over public schools on graduates reporting “feelings that their high school prepared them for a vibrant and religious spiritual life,” with religious home educated graduates faring the best, scoring on average over 3 points higher on a 7-point scale than public schooled students.

– The net effect of Protestant and religious home education was an increase in graduates’ reported attendance at religious services, while Catholic and non-religious private school grads reported a decrease in attendance.

– Religious home education produced the greatest effect on increasing graduates’ belief that morality should be based on an absolute, unchanging standard (see graph at right), while Catholic schooling actually decreased this belief.

……The Cardus team again summarized their findings: “This research finds that Catholic schools are providing higher quality intellectual development, at the expense of developing students’ faith and commitment to religious practices…….”These outcomes closely reflect the values reported by school administrators,” the study concludes. “While Catholic school administrators rank university as the top priority more than any other option, more Protestant Christian school administrators rank family as the top emphasis of the school.” [Sadly, both are wrong.]

The entire report is pretty long and has a number of interesting findings.  The homeschool results should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt, if you dig into the details, because the homeschool sample size was very small. 

The analysis of Catholic schools presented by this study is not surprising.  Similar studies have revealed as much in the past, although this particular effort looked in more detail at the actual religious practices of those who emerge from Catholic schools.  It is very sad, and telling, that Catholic school administrators look on the worldly success of their students as the ultimate measure of their institution’s success.  This is unbelievably wrong-headed, an actually un-Catholic point of view.  This focus reveals the utter lack of understanding of the Faith and the pervasive influence of both modernism and secularism within the Church, and especially within official Church institutions.  I can say that the comments I received in reaction to the ‘Catholic girl fasting for Ramadan’ post, especially from an Oregon Jesuit high school teacher, corroborate the rejection of the Divine nature and Authority of Sacred Scripture, the rejection of Catholic moral doctrine, and the religious indifferentism that this study found endemic in Catholic schools.  The plural of anecdote is “data.”  There is so much data that demonstrates the failure of Catholic schools to transmit the authentic Faith to students that it should give great pause to any Catholic parent who desires their child to grow up in the Faith.  

The old Baltimore Catechism, so despised by “modern” Church school and CCD leaders,  stated simply that the point of life is to come to know, love, and serve God with all of our heart, mind and strength, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.  The evidence continues to mount that Catholic schools in this country, from the primary to the university level, have completely lost this simple understanding.  Without it, nothing else matters. 

[36] For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? [37] Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? [38] For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.