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Wow – HHS mandate demeans women March 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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In this HHS mandate disaster, we have been told by our betters in the media and other elites that the Catholic Church and its evil Republican “allies” are planning to outlaw contraception and to chain women to their beds…….errr…..or maybe their kitchens………hmmmm…….or maybe both……..and turn them into baby making cooking cleaning clothes washing machines.   We’re told that the hated Church is trying to drag women back to some prehistoric time, way back in the 1950s, when most cars were made in the US, if you can believe it!, and when women were slaves of their biology because pills did not rain from the sky with an Organizing For America stamp on them.  Such an evil, evil time.  The suffering women endured then……it was like the Flintstones!11!, or something. 

Joking aside, it is the elites, almost entirely leftist, who caricature and demean women.  So says Gloria Purvis, of the Northwest Center in Washington, DC, a crisis pregnancy center in one of the most abortive cities in the country (especially watch the first 2 minutes):

I think her argument is brilliant.  The feminists, and the elites who have completely accepted their arguments, have determined that women are deficient due to biology.  That women can never be empowered and live happy, fulfilled lives UNLESS they reject their biology and render themselves sterile is one of the greatest lies ever told.  And getting women to not only sterilize themselves (with many men eagerly, cheerfully involved, and at times forcefully demanding such), but to even murder their child should the normal medical “corrective procedure” fail, and then calling all this “empowerment,” is such a monstrous lie that only he “who was a liar and a murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:44) could be the author of it.  And yet, this is rightthink for our elites, almost unquestioningly.   The same elites who cheer for this war on the Church, and Christianity in general. 

And yet who really “hates women?”  The people who claim that the only way to be an “authentic, happy, successful” woman is to deny her biology almost totally, or the Church, which has always cherished and glorified true femininity and motherhood, in the example of the holiest human being who ever lived, our Blessed Mother?  None of that is to say that a woman, a mom, can’t have a career, it just means that the bedrock assumption of femininity, so hostile to the traditional female roles and especially motherhood, is wrong.  Not only wrong, but sick.

Dark times.  We must continue to preach the Truth to the spreading darkness.

h/t Faith and Family Live

The moral doctor on suffering March 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Lent, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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We’re in Passion week.  We’re heading down to the wire in Lent.  For some, the suffering, denial, and/or mortification, may be tiring.  Here are some words from  St. Alphonse Ligouri, the Moral Doctor, on suffering:

We should receive whatever crosses God sends us, unperturbed, calm and in great confidence.  “But,” you reply, “these sufferings are really punishments.”  The answer to that remark is: are not the punishments God sends us in this life also graces and benefits?  Our offenses against God must be atoned for somehow, either in this life or in the next.  [boy, what a counter-cultural idea in today’s world!] Hence we should all make St. Augustine’s prayer our own: “Lord, here cut, here burn and spare me not, but spare me in eternity!”……………

……Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge that God wishes to spare us in the next. [the more we suffer here, the better it should go for us in the after-life] When God sends us punishments let us say with the high-priest Heli: “It is the Lord, let him do what is good in His Sight!” (1 Kg 3:18)

The time of spiritual desolation is also a time for being resigned. When a soul begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his consolations upon her to wean her away from the world; but when he sees her making solid progress, he withdraws his hand to test her and to see if she will love and serve him without the reward of sensible consolations.  “In this life,” as St. Teresa used to say, “our lot is not to enjoy God, but to do his holy will.”……….

…….This earth is a place of merit which is acquired by suffering; [would that I would avail myself of that suffering better!]  Heaven is a place of reward and happiness. Hence, in this life the Saints neither desired nor sought the joys of sensible fervor, but rather the fervor of the spirit toughened in the crucible of suffering. “O how much better it is,” says St. John of Avila, “to endure ….temptation by God’s Will than to be raised to the heights of contemplation without God’s Will!”

Sung Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark March 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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Latin Mass is in effect tonight at St. Mark at 7pm.  No Confession ongoing, I don’t believe.  But the Mass will be sung and be something like a High Mass, but in the Novus Ordo.  I pray some more new faces show, there’s been a few new folks and it’s great to see.  And Fr. Hopka does sing the Mass very well, his pronunciation of Latin befits his reputation as something of a Diocesan Latin expert, and the Schola led by Kenton Kravig is really coming along.  Now, if I can just not screw up the readings for once, all will be good!

Actually, that could be a reason to come – if you hate me, and want to see me fail, come to Mass!  Divine Intimacy says humiliations are very good for our spiritual development, properly taken.

Maybe one day we’ll sing the Salve like this after Mass!


I’m late, but please consider praying this Novena March 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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This was supposed to start yesterday, but I don’t think it’s devoid of all Grace if you don’t start until today.  Mother Regina Marie is very concerned, as we all are, about where this country is headed:

 An Urgent Appeal From Mother Regina Marie, OCD

(I received this email from a parishioner of Mater Dei Church in Irving, TX)



To All of Our Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

This is a Call to Prayer.  It concerns the recent HHS health insurance mandate. By now you have certainly heard about it. This mandate cannot be taken lightly. It violates our deepest ethical, moral values. We Catholics cannot in good conscience follow this mandate. Because of the seriousness of this threat to our religious freedom, the time has come to join together – all of us – in prayer. That is exactly what our Catholic Bishops of the United States are asking us to do.

“We call upon the Catholic faithful, and all people of faith, throughout our country to join us in prayer and penance for our leaders and for the complete protection of our First Freedom—religious liberty—which is not only protected in the laws and customs of our great nation, but rooted in the teachings of our great Tradition. Prayer is the ultimate source of our strength—for without God, we can do nothing; but with God, all things are possible.” (United for Religious Freedom, A Statement of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 14, 2012).

The Carmelite Sisters invite all persons of good will to join with us in praying a novena beginning on March 25 and ending on April 2, 2012 in response to this recent  health Insurance mandate which seriously threatens the religious freedom and conscience rights of United States citizens.  Together with many others throughout our country, the Carmelite Sisters are observing these nine days of prayer and fasting during the month of March, asking Our Lady to intercede for our country. We are asking Mary, Patroness of the United States of America, to implore God’s loving mercy on us at this critical time.  We ask you to join us in saying the following prayer every day for the nine days, together with some form of personal fasting. Thank you and God bless you.

Act of Consecration of the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
      Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.
      Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom, which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.
      Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your Son in the depths of your heart, be our advocate. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.
(Imprimatur, Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, 1959, for public consecration of the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; renewed by U.S. Bishops, November 11, 2006)