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Reminder: Memorial Mass for Fr. John Hardon, SJ tonight! December 30, 2011

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Tonight December 30 at the Carmelite Chapel in Dallas there will a memorial Mass, with the intention of praying for his intercession and the advance of his cause of canonization, for Fr. John Hardon, SJ.  The Mass is at 7pm!  Fr. Joseph Vu, CssR, will offer the Mass.  There will be no First Friday at the Chapel for January.

Deo Gratias!

Say Te Deum New Year’s Eve for Plenary Indulgence December 30, 2011

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TE DEUM   
(public recitation on the last day of the year as an act of thanksgiving 
may earn a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions of confession with 7 
days before or after Dec. 31 and not being attached to any sin, otherwise, 
it is a partial indulgence) 
Suggestion: Pray it for a loved one who has died this year. 
O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord. 
Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee. 
All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers, 
All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee: 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! 
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory. 
The glorious choir of the Apostles, 
The wonderful company of Prophets, 
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee. 
Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee: 
The Father of infinite Majesty; 
Thy adorable, true and only Son; 
Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. 
O Christ, Thou art the King of glory! 
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. 
When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man, 
Thou didst not disdain the Virgin's womb. 
Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to 
all 
believers. 
Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. 
We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge. 
We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with 
Thy 
Precious Blood. 
Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory. 
 
V.  Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance! 
R.  Govern them, and raise them up forever. 
 
V.  Every day we thank Thee. 
R.  And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever. 
 
V.  O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day. 
R.  Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. 
 
V.  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee. 
R.  O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame. 

Or, better yet, pray it in Latin!


No, the Church did not take a pagan holiday and replace it with Christmas December 29, 2011

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A few days ago, at Christ’s Mass, you may have heard your priest or someone say that this great feast was instituted on December 25th because that used to be some great pagan feast, and the Church just co-opted it for its own ends.  You may have heard that we don’t know what date Christ was born on.  This is false.  Both Dom Prosper Gueranger and Cornelius a Lapide’ confirm that the date on which we celebrate Christmas has been constant since the early 2nd century at the latest, and that this date was always been used.  The earliest Church fathers had access to the census ordered by Caesar Augustus prior to Christ’s birth.  The records were extant in Rome at that time.  In addition, they had the testimony of the Blessed Virgin, who, of course, recalled the day on which she gave birth to God Incarnate.  While the Church in the east initially held that Christ was born on a different date, evidence from Rome – and Papal Authority – convinced them to change the date to December 25th.  This had nothing to do with any pagan feast, or, if it did, it was only coincidental.

Numerous Saints and Church fathers testify that the date on which Christ was born was indeed December 25th.  St. John Chrysostom gave sermons, still in existence, testifying of the accuracy of the data conveyed by Rome concerning this date and exhorting the “Greek Church” to follow Rome’s guidance and example.  Others so testifying include St. Jerome, another Doctor of the Church. In fact, there was never a serious challenge to December 25th being the date of the birth of Christ until modernist revisionists began their assault on so many aspects of the Faith in the late 19th century.  Suddenly, it was claimed there was a pagan feast derived from druidism that was co-opted by the Church in late antiquity or the early dark ages – around the 5th-7th century.  Volumes of evidence refute this claim – Christmas was celebrated on December 25th no later than AD 110, and most believe it was constantly celebrated in Rome on that date from the beginning.

So, if you hear that December 25th was chosen as the date of Christ’s birth to supersede and replace some pagan feast, which claim is intended to diminish your faith in the Divinity of Christ, you can say hooey.  What is artificial is the modernist claim to the contrary.

I can also state that almost all such modernist claims intended to cast doubt on the Divinity of Christ, and the Church and Her Traditions, are categorically false and easy to refute – provided one has a strong knowledge of Church history and Tradition.  Tragically, such knowledge is not abroad much today in the Church.

I’m not certain which garners the more nasty comments…… December 28, 2011

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….the one on the left, or the one on the right.  I frequently get certain salutes and various other expressions of other’s approbation……..should I feel guilt for disquieting them?

John Salza on Fatima and Vatican II – Steve B must watch – UPDATED!! December 26, 2011

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Well, this is a pretty powerful thesis:

I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence from multiple sources that the Third Secret of Fatima does involve apostasy within the Church – concentrated at the highest levels – which is unprecedented in magnitude (saving for AD 336 and Arianism?).

Is that apostasy tied to Vatican II?  Could that be why the secret would be “clearer” in 1960, when preparations for the Council were underway? With all that has occurred since Vatican II, and with so many concerns over the “problem” statements in Vatican II, Salza certainly has much ammunition to work with.

John Salza is a brilliant apologist, and my favorite modern day exegete.  He’s been on my blogroll forever.  I’ve bought almost all his books.  His embrace of Tradition over the last several years has cost him greatly financially and in his career as a high-profile Catholic apologist and exegete, but he couldn’t care less.  That earns high marks to me. He absolutely believes what he conveys.  He totally torched the twisted, apparently avaracious Dimond “brothers.”

UPDATE: I don’t know if anyone has watched this, but you really, really, REALLY should.  I know it’s an hour, but it is very, very much worth it, especially beginning about 10 minutes in and then going on to the end.  Salza expounds on a belief that the Third Secret of Fatima deals with modernism/freemasonry penetrating the entire Church to the highest levels, and leading then to mass apostasy.  The whole point was to corrupt the traditional Doctrine of the Faith and replace the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church with a meaningless ecumenical melange – a cult of man rather than a Cult of God.  Has Salza gone crazy, or is this a reasonable interpretation of both Fatima and the last 50+ years of Church history?  I would very much like to see what people think.  Salza’s quote from then Cardinal Pacelli is extremely unnerving, at the least.

Merry Christmas December 25, 2011

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I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ may bless you abundantly this Christmas.  I pray that you may grow tremendously in faith and surrender of self in the coming year.

May God Bless You!!

DEO GRATIAS!!

Voris too Catholic for Detroit? – UPDATED! December 23, 2011

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Michael Voris and Real Catholic TV have been told to stop using the word “Catholic” in the name of their enterprise.  There is a long history here, which I am not at liberty to discuss, but there have been concerns over the type and quality of Michael Voris’ and Real Catholic TV’s catechetical efforts.  I have certainly not discerned even the slightest hint of heresy from RCTV.  In reality, the Archdiocese would like to be able to control RCTV’s content to prevent the “embarrassing” videos on subjects like the manifold failings in the episcopate.

So, in response, here’s a recent Vortex video:

Remember to clear March 4 2012 on your calendar for Michael Voris at the Frontiers of Flight Museum!

UPDATE:  Comments brought some thoughts to mind – how do many bishops seem capable of dismissing orthodox, faithful Catholics as a limited, lunatic fringe?  I have personally spoken with hundreds, possibly thousands of Catholics who are baffled, at best, by the actions of many bishops.  Why are the orthodox often given rough treatment, if not outright dismissed/ignored?  So many faithful Catholics are outraged or severely disappointed by so many actions taken by ordinaries, from allowing heterodox, apostate “catholycs” to be employed and corrupt the minds of Catholics at local universities, to allowing Sr. Militant New Age Lesbian Feminist to lead a parish retreat.  We’re not blind.  We’re not stupid (well, we are, in a way, more later).  We see what goes on.  Many are outraged.  Why are we having to do what is in actuality their job?  Why are the bishops often attacking (or ignoring, or blacklisting, or…..) those faithful Catholics, who, in the words of Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand, should be their very pride and joy?

We are sort of suckers, though.  Many of us keep going back to that parish with the new age nun DRE, or the heterodox vicar, or whatever.  Most of all, we keep sending in the checks.  If you want to see change in your local church, wherever it may be, MOVE.  Stop going to or supporting in any way heterodox parishes.  Most of all, stop giving them your money.  Find an orthodox parish and go there.  It’s infinitely more important for you to go to a faithful parish than it is to “be loyal” to your neighborhood/town parish.  The latter is a fool’s game.  And, no, we don’t go to Mass or to a parish to “witness” to others- we go there to get holy and get saved.  It is the job of the priest to lead us in sanctification.

If you want change, stop going to the bad parishes.  If the whole diocese is bad, pick out the least worst one you can find and assist at Mass there, but send your money to an orthodox religious order like the Benedictines of Norcia or our good Carmelites here locally.  Stop sending money.  Attendance is one thing, but if you want to see change, stop sending in money – make sure you let them know why.  This is the one way to effect change the laity have – and not the pseudo-change of playing priest that’s developed since Vatican II – real change.

Christmas Eve rant concluded.

Christmas scenes from the Carmelite Monastery December 23, 2011

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The chapel was locked, but here are a few scenes from the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of  the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph in Dallas:

Front exterior of chapel

The monastery is open daily.  They have Mass Sunday in the chapel at 7am.  You should check it out.  It is a beautiful monastery.  They just had another nun take her first vows!

 

Fast today or tomorrow(12/23 or 12/24) December 23, 2011

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Back in the day, our forefathers in the Faith fasted and abstained from flesh far more than we do nowadays.  Now, we only have two required days of fasting and abstinence in the entire liturgical year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  But in the past, Catholics fasted or abstained throughout the years on Fridays, in some places Wednesday’s too, and definitely during Advent and Lent – both penitential seasons of preparation.  In some places, these fasts or periods of abstinence are coming back – in England, for instance, the Friday abstinence from meat is now back in place.  I pray for similar, or more, on these shores.

That being said, it is always good to fast or abstain to the degree of our ability (if you have a medical condition, follow your doctor’s guidance).  Traditionally, one of the two days before Christmas would be a day of fasting or abstinence.  If you’ve already eaten flesh meat today, perhaps tomorrow could be a day of fast?

Why should we fast?  A local priest said today that the United States is a monument to intemperance.  We are awash in a culture of excess, we are intemperate in every possible way.  We eat too much, drink too much, medicate too much, gorge ourselves on porn and all manner of sexual license – and we wonder why people have road rage?  It’s all related!  If you are intemperate in matters sexual, you are likely to be intemperate in terms of indulging in wrath, and so on.

Those of us who feel a particular call to holiness can and should offer our acts of penitence for those in our culture, and even our Church, who do not do so.  By living lives of temperance we can, prayerfully, set an example for others to follow.  The world is sometimes changed through acts of great drama, but it is more frequently changed through many small acts on the part of millions.  To offer a bit of hunger, or thirst, or denial of any pleasure, in a willing, joyful manner, is immensely pleasing to Our Lord – provided we are in a state of Grace.  And personally, many of us have much to atone for – fasting can be a physical sign of our desire to turn away from self-indulgent pleasure and offer ourselves to Our Blessed Lord so soon to be Incarnate for us.

Dominus vobiscum!

I love reading Dr. Warren Carroll, but…….. December 22, 2011

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….I’ve been reading the fourth volume of his Christendom series, The Cleaving of Christendom, and it is killing me.  It is so painful to read about the protestant revolt revolution and how it came about.  There is no question that the protestants were not reformers, but revolutionaries bent on destroying the Church as it had, and continues to (in spite of thier best efforts and the heterodox “within” the Church) exist.   The effort to destroy the Church was doomed from the start as Christ promised us that He would always shield and defend the Church from destruction – but not individual souls and even civilizations wrecked on the rocks of pride and power. For the protestant revolution did more than simply damage the Faith, it destroyed a civilization, and paved the way for this “modern” world in which we are presently ensconced.

There is so much to say……the book is so incredibly difficult to read,while at the same time being very well researched, written, and riveting.  The heresies promoted and accepted by large numbers of people, even numerous priests and bishops who were weak in the Faith to start with, are simply incredible.  The idea that Scripture, and private interpretation thereof, would be the sole source of “faith” was such an amazing exercise in pride that it seems incredible to me that it caught on, but caught on it did, and hugely, because many people rightfully surmised that such license would allow them much greater freedom to behave in manners that were contrary to the Doctrine o the Faith.  That is why divorce quickly became “legal” in protestant areas, and even things such as bigamy were tolerated by Luther.  Luther himself lamented the fact that in protestant areas, church attendance quickly fell off, donations similarly, and drunkeness, whoring, gambling, and a whole panoply of sins became increasingly widespread.  There was actually a “reformation of the reformation” in order to try to curtail these behaviors (it was far from completely successful) in which many of the original revolutionary ideas were modified back more towards Catholic practice, in order to staunch the decay.

One of the main objectives of all the revolutionaries – Luther, Zwingli, Cranmer, Calvin- was the destruction of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  They correctly surmised that the Mass was and remains the Source and Summit of the Faith, and that destruction of the Mass would allow all else to follow.  Here they had to tread carefully, because the people remained very attached to the Mass, but over the course of years they accomplished their objective – gone were the references to Sacrifice, gone was the concept of transubstantiation- The Real Presence, gone was reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, gone were Votive Masses and references to Saints and holy imagery.  All these things were cast aside.  I shudder with incomprehension and sorrow to think on how it could be that, in either their own revolutionary fervor or some misguided idea of “ecumenism” there have been such efforts by many individuals to enforce similar changes in the Mass and within the Church generally since Vatican II. The funny aspect of reading all this is how many times the protestants contradicted themselves, changing their own interpretations of Scripture as they went further and further down the path of revolution.  It was a forecast of things to come, where there are now literally tens of thousands of protestant “denominations,” each claiming the correct interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

How could all of this happen?  The protestant revolution was preceded by a period of great faithlessness on the part of numerous bishops and priests.  Corruption in the Church led many to have a great distaste for Rome and its Doctrines.  Bishoprics were bought and sold.  Incompetent, drunken, whoring priests were assigned, often as a form of political payoff, to parishes where the Doctrine of the Faith was trampled and ignored.  The Avignon Papacy had greatly undermined the prestige and allegiance to the See of Peter.  And the Church’s response to the initial waves of the revolt were limp and ineffectual, with Popes seeming to make every wrong decision possible, from Clement VII through Julius III and even beyond.  The Church was not prepared to deal with heresy on such a massive scale, both because of corruption within its ranks and because technological change made the Church’s glacial reactions obsolete by the time they were taken.  But most of all, the Council which could have averted much of the revolt, reformed the Church and re-confirmed the faithful was delayed and interrupted repeatedly.  It was nearly 50 years from the Luther’s beginning in 1517 until the Council of Trent was completed in 1563, during which time England, Scotland, Scandanavia, Denmark, and half of Germany was lost, along with dread threats to the Faith in France and other locales.  The Machiavellian concept of the tyrannical monarchical state, dominating all, was also part of the equation, with numerous sovereigns having a strong desire to have total authority over all aspects of life, even including the private and public practice of the Faith.

I have remarked in the past that the present crisis in the Faith is the greatest since the Arian heresy, if not the greatest ever.  Perhaps I’ve been wrong – perhaps the protestant revolution was still greater than the problems we face today.  But we’re in the same ballpark, I fear.  I fear what Church historians 500 years hence will write of our present times, and what follows in our wake.   It also causes me to examine many of my own beliefs and assumptions.  I was raised protestant.  There is much good there, but the Church is the Church Christ founded.  This country was founded on primarily protestant ideals.  As I said……….much to consider.

Get the book, but prepare to be frustrated, even weep.