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Bishop Foys – stop holding hands during the Pater Noster! December 1, 2011

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OK……Lord’s Prayer for most parishes, and I’ve never seen a hand holding event during an actual Pater Noster at a TLM, but anyways, this is progress!  The hand holding, even among daily Mass goers, has got to stop.  It’s the Lord’s Prayer – about HIM!  To HIM!  It’s not about us!

Special note should also be made concerning the gesture for the Our Father. Only the priest is given the instruction to “extend” his hands. Neither the deacon nor the lay faithful are instructed to do this. No gesture is prescribed for the lay faithful in the Roman Missal ; nor the General Instruction of the Roman Missal , therefore the extending or holding of hands by the faithful should not be performed.

As CMR says: “To be honest, I don’t see this as much as I used to. I never really understood why it was done in the first place but it always smelled a little hippie to me so I stayed away from it. ”  It’s not just a little hippy, it enhances the overt focus on the community to the detriment to the worship of God.


Who says prayer doesn’t work? Bishop Ochoa reassigned December 1, 2011

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Bishop Armand Ochoa, the bishop of El Paso, has been appointed to be bishop of Fresno.  Bishop Ochoa has had a troubled history in El Paso, arguing for the existence of a “do over” after death to “try again” to win our salvation – a view entirely unsupported in Scripture or Tradition – and of course his treatment of Fr. Michael Rodriguez has caused much pain to many faithful souls.   Many faithful Catholics have stormed Heaven that justice may be done to Fr. Michael Rodriguez, as opposed to persecution, and just two months later, the bishop that sent Fr. Rodriguez to ecclesial Siberia is now himself being sent on to another diocese – a much smaller one than El Paso.  I’m certain Bishop Ochoa will be glad to return to California.

Now more than ever prayers are needed!  An administrator will be named for the Diocese of El Paso while a successor to Bishop Ochoa is being found.  Pray that this bishop will be friendly to Tradition and the Latin Mass and will return Fr. Rodriguez to San Juan Bautista.  Perhaps even the administrator can be moved to do so!  Pray God will raise up other good men in that Diocese to help strengthen the faith of all.  Recent events have highlighted how badly needed such men are!    In the meantime, re-watch this:


The qualities of contrition – part 1 December 1, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, religious, Sacraments, Virtue.
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In the last post on Confession, I listed the four qualities of contrition – interior, supernatural, universal, and sovereign.  Today we’ll cover the first two – interior and supernatural.

Contrition is interior when it comes from the heart. Hence it is often called “heart-felt” sorrow. It is not necessary to go to extreme lengths to portray this sorrow, for such efforts often produce anxiety and only result in an exterior show.  Repentence and contrition are an effect of the love of God; anxiety is an effect of self-love. True contrition is calm and humble. Sometimes it is a sorrow that makes itself felt, but this is not essential.  Contrition is essentially an act of the will.  A person has sufficient contrition when his sins displease him to such a degree that he is resolved not to commit them again.  St. Francis de Sales says that one has contrition by the simple fact that one wishes to have it. Therefore, if the will is displeased above all things at having committed sin, and if one truly abhors the sins committed, the contrition is good and sufficient.

True contrition is supernatural.  It is an actual Grace of the Holy Spirit, aroused by supernatural motives. The principle supernatural motives are:

  1. The infinite Goodness of God
  2. The suffering and death of Christ
  3. The loathsomeness of sin
  4. The everlasting reward lost by sin
  5. The everlasting punishment to which sin makes on liable.

Perfect contrition is sorrow which derives from a pure or perfect love of God, who is infinitely good and perfect in Himself and deserving of all our love.  It is a sorrow felt for sin because sin displeases God. The Council of Trent declares: “Perfect contrition is that which is conceived out of a motive of charity, namely, the love of God as He is Himself, or on account of His Goodness.”

Perfect contrition immediately cleanses the soul from all guilt of sin and reconciles it to God, even apart from the Sacrament of Penance. Perfect contrition always includes at least an implicit desire and intention to receive the Sacrament of Penance, and the obligation to confess all mortal sins still remains, even if one could make an act of perfect contrition. One should note well that if one has committed a mortal sin, perfect contrition (which implies the sin would never be committed again) alone without the Sacrament of Penance is not sufficient before receiving Holy Communion. The person must first go to Sacramental Confession; otherwise, he commits a mortal sin of sacrilege.

Perfect contrition is necessary for the souls of dying sinners who have not and cannot receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and for dying sinners who, though baptized, cannot receive the Sacrament of Penance. Perfect contrition is the last and only key to Heaven for sinners at the hour of death who cannot have resource to the keys of mercy entrusted by God to His priests in the Sacraments of Confession and Extreme Unction.

Perfect contrition is not necessary for the valid reception of the Sacrament of Confession. Here, imperfect contrition suffices. However, one ought to strive to have perfect contrition, for the greater one’s sorrow for sin, the more pleasing it is to God and the more temporal punishment is remitted at the reception of the Sacrament. The greater is also the merit received from the Sacrament (the degree of merit being dependent on the degree of contrition).  It is also worthwhile to note that while all good merit achieved for past virtuous acts is lost in mortal sin, Confession restores this merit in relation to the degree of contrition held by the penitent.  The more perfect the contrition, the more merit is restored, or even added.

In the case of a person who has committed no mortal sins (??), perfect contrition (even outside of Confession) increases and more greatly secures the state of Grace, remits venial sins, cancels the temporal punishment due to sin, and strengthens and increases in the soul a steadfast love of God.

Perfect contrition is a Grace, a great Grace, springing from the Love and Mercy of God. It must be earnestly sought habitually, not simply prior to Confession. “O my God, give me the Grace of true repentance, a perfect contrition for my sins,” should be one of our most frequent prayers.  To increase our dispositions for perfect contrition, we should place ourselves in reality or imagination before a Crucifix and look on the wounds of Jesus, reflecting seriously for a time on Who it is that suffers there, on those terrible wounds, on the shame Jesus endured, and on all His sufferings.  Then, we should repeat slowly and fervently a good act of contrition.

While it is far better to achieve perfect contrition for our sins, our fallen natures and lack of practice of virtue make this at times a difficult achievement.  The second kind of supernatural contrition – imperfect contrition – suffiices for worthy reception of the Sacrament of Penance. Imperfect contrition, also called attrition, is defined as that supernatural sorrow and hatred for sin which arises from reflection on the heinousness of sin, from dread of the loss of Heaven, or from fear of hell and its torments.  Hence, the motive of imperfect contrition is the fear of God and His judgments.  Though imperfect contrition springs from a supernatural motive, it is lower than the motive of perfect contrition.  Nevertheless, imperfect contrition proceeds from the Grace of God and from motives springing from faith.   It is thus pleasing to God.

Imperfect contrition is more easily excited in the soul than perfect contrition, because it si accessible to all who have even the least degree of faith (hi!) Even the greatest sinners can make an act of contrition arising from the fear of God or the dread of hell. With such contrition, the pardon of sins may be obtained within the Sacrament of Penance.

Whew!  That was a long one.  Tomorrow or next week, God willing!, we’ll look at Universal and Sovereign contrition. 

Deo Gratias!