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Sometimes it’s helpful to know what they really think February 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Those demanding “tolerance” are ready to enforce their “tolerance” with the point of a gun.  A little girl speaking in defense of marriage had a statement read in the Maryland legislature.  I thought it was a pretty unoffensive:

“Hi, I’m Sarah Crank.  Today’s my 14th birthday, and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote ‘no’ on gay marriage. I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don’t want more kids to get confused about what’s right and okay. I really don’t want to grow up in a world where marriage isn’t such a special thing anymore.

“It’s rather scary to think that when I grow up the legislature or the court can change the definition of any word they want. If they could change the definition of marriage then they could change the definition of any word. People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice. People say that they were born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change.  So please vote ‘no’ on gay marriage. Thank you.”

The reactions were more than just a little unhinged:

“And now everyone knows her name, so hopefully she will feel what its like to be harassed and bullied…” reads a comment posted on LGBTNation.com

From YouTube:  “My god I hate people like this. Most (not all) Americans are [expletive] retards.  If I ever see this girl, I will kill herThat’s a promise.”

Other entries:  “Her parents should be exterminated.”

“The [sic] is why abortion must stay legal – to prevent little bigots like this from being Born…”

“Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”

“Her belief is hurting other people.  I will attack her as much as I please.”

“Parents like hers should be sterilized…”

“I’m gonna kill ‘er!”

The closer they get to their goals, the more the true face of the radical gay lobby is revealed?  This case is not an exception.  If you read the comments on Youtube, or many news websites, you’ll see much of the same.  The girl in this case is 14 years old. 

When you are lost in sin, taking on a new sin, or going further down into the depths, is the most ‘natural’ thing in the world.  Thus, going from incendiary rhetoric and threats to acts may not be a big step for some of these people.

I’ve said it before and will say it again, this radical gay rights agenda and its total hatred for Christianity and traditional morality is going to be the torch that lights the fires of Christian martyrdom, should it come.  I pray I remain faithful.

Obama ignores Christian persecution worldwide, touts “hate crimes” agenda February 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals, Society.
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Is it not a “hate crime” to hate somebody simply on the basis of their religion?  Why is it that President Obama is always going on about how we shouldn’t mistreat muslims, how we should never generalize the terrorist acts of a small portion of the muslim population to the entire religion, etc, and yet he can’t find a spare moment to address Christian persecution around the world, since as the Christians strung up in Pakistan recently:

CatholicVote notes the great hypocrisy of the president, as he touts his gay lobby loving “hate crimes” agenda, while ignoring the thousands of Christians being martyred around the world.  But, then, I guess we knew he was the first muslim president.  Islam was deeply penetrated by left-think in the 60’s and 70s, the same as the rest of the world, so his embrace of the homosexuality so abhorrent to islam is not surprising.

Something else very good at CatholicVote, a post by Dr. Janet West Smith noting that, for the first time in decades, priests are speaking out against contraception.  How about hitting a host of other moral evils, like porn, drunkeness, materialism, gossip, fornication, sloth……?

Then there is the sort of cutesy video by this priest, but I’d note yet again that our right to the free practice of religion comes not from any enlightenment document but from God, a fact merely recognized by the Founding Fathers:

Receiving the Blessed Sacrament worthily February 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, religious, Saints, Virtue.
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I pray you got your Lent off to a good start, so far!  If not yet, now’s the time!

Blessed Henry Suso on the worthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament:

The Servant: Alas, God, how few men there are who thoroughly consider what they receive in it [The “Gift,” the Blessed Sacrament] .  They approach, as others are wont to do, in a bad, thoughtless way, and hence,, just as they arrive empty, they also leave without Grace; they do not masticate the food, or consider what they receive there.

Eternal Wisdom:  I am the living bread for those who are well prepared, the dry bread for those who are badly prepared, but to the wholly unprepared I am a temporal blow, a deadly fall, and an eternal curse.  The well prepared are the purified, the badly prepared those who are impeded, but the unprepared are the sinful, who are in mortal sin, by their will or their works.

The Servant: Lord, it seems to me this si one of the greatest things that all time can accomplish. Lord, who is there that lives on earth, who can prepare himself worthily enough for Thee?

Eternal Wisdom: That man was never born; and if a man had the natural spirituality of all the angels, the purity of all Saints, and the good works of all men, he would still be unworthy of Me. 

The Servant: Alas, beloved Lord, with what trembling should we worthless, graceless men draw near to Thee!

Eternal Widsom: If man does what is in his power, no more is demanded from him; for what is left  unaccomplished is completed by God. A sick man should cast aside all timidity, and approach his physician, whose aid is his healing.

The Servant: Beloved Lord, which is better: to receive Thee in the Sacrament often or rarely?

Eternal Wisdom: To those persons to whom Grace and devotion noticeably accrue threfrom, diligent, frequent appearance is helpful.

The Servant: Lord, what then, if a man, according to his understanding, makes no spiritual progress, or is often in great hardness?

Eternal Wisdom: A man should not abstain to a marked degree because of hardness, provided he does his part; becasue the savlation of his soul, which, by God’s permission, is in a state of hardness, is often perfected as nobly in the light of pure faith as in great sweetness. I am a Good that grows with use, and dies away if hoarded up. It is better to approach from lvoe than to desist from fear. It is better to approach earnestly once every week with a deep fund of true humility, than once a year with pride in one’s own righteousness.

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Again, we can’t work ourselves to salvation.  Salvation comes through meek acceptance that we are humble sinners, knowing that whatever good we do is made possible through our cooperation with Grace, and that the bad we do is entirely our own.  Humble trust in Christ and His Church is the Way.  Trust in the Sacraments – avail yourself of them as often as you can!  Pray and meditate, examine your conscience!

I read too much February 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Lent, Saints, Virtue.
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I had a Providential moment this morning, or, at least, I took it to be Providential.  I read a great deal.  I read books entirely related to the Faith.  I am at present reading about 15 books on the Faith simultaneously.  What I do is, I read through each book a little at a time.  I have done this for years now, since I got really serious about my practice of the faith, but I think it’s grown into an attachment. I think I have developed a secret pride regarding how much reading on the Faith I do.  It’s a good thing to learn about the Faith, to read books on Saints or spirituality or the Bible, but I was telling my wife this morning that I need to change my reading habits, and she rather energetically agreed.  She believes I  may be spending so much time on it that it’s cutting into my time that should be spent on other activities.  She is right.  I’m an addict, and those addictive behaviors love to surface in any way they can, and I think I’ve turned into a “Catholic book reading” addict.  I had sort of leveled out in my reading for a while, to a level that was manageable, but of late I’ve taken on several very large and deep volumes (The Catechism of the Council of Trent, Iota Unum, Haydock’s Douay Reims Bible), in addition to all the many books I was already reading, and it’s taking too much of my time.

So, I guess showing how hypocritical I am, right after we had this discussion, wherein I became annoyed when I shouldn’t have, I read(!!) this:

IN beautiful things St. Francis saw beauty itself, and through His vestiges imprinted on creation he followed his beloved everywhere, making from all things a ladder by which he could climb up and embrace Him who is utterly desirable.

If you desire to know…….ask Grace, not instruction; desire, not understanding: the groaning of prayer, not diligent readings; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity; not light, but the fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning affections. ——St. Bonaventure

Then I read this (all in the same book on the same page, my oldest, most constant prayer book, but I’ve never read this part before):

Nothing but self-will can separate us from God.

There are certain souls who desire to arrive at perfection all at once, and this desire keeps them in constant disquiet. —-St. Alphonse Ligouri

I think that’s me, to an extent.  I think doing all this reading has become a habit of pride, an attempt to somehow study my way to holiness.  That won’t work.  It is very important to know the Faith, to read about the Saints, to learn Catholic spirituality, to learn from the example of those who have walked the narrow path successfully, but it’s also possible to get carried away and make an idol of intellectual pride out of excessive study.  And so I have something else to work on this Lent.  I think what I will do is, put down a couple of books, and as I finish a couple of others, I won’t pick up a replacement.  I’ll be mired in sinful ignorance forever! 

Not really.

I do surely need your prayers.  May God bless all of you so abundantly.