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Prayers answered? Bishop Jenky talks like a bishop should. April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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At least, to my mind, he sure does.  I’m going to rip off pretty much all the Catholic Culture article, because it’s so good.  I will add some emphasis and comments:

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.”

We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work–like that very first apostolic generation–we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.” [Hoorah!]

Noting that “the world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us,” [we really need to understand this, and accept it]  Bishop Jenky preached:

The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire. [This makes perfects sense.  The Church did indeed survive terrible persecutions, and even flourished, because the great graces souls merited during these tribulations benefited the entire Church.  The same can be true today] The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism. And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry. The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.

May God have mercy on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil. [And may God also raise up more bishops to boldly proclaim the Truth and hold the politicians in their regions accountable with real disciplinary measures, done in love!  I would suggest that Bishop Jenky could earn great praise and Grace by imposing discipline on those Illinois state legislators who helped make homosexual simulation of marriage recognized as “marriage” in that state, or on pro-aborts, or whatever persistence in public sin]

As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith,” he continued.

After referring to Otto von Bismarck’s Kulturkampf and the persecution of the Church in France in the early twentieth century, Bishop Jenky said that “Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama–with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda–now seems intent on following a similar path.” [That is true, but I do wish the bishops would stop focusing on the protestant-inspired concept of ‘religious liberty,’ and speak more of the rights of the Church, unique rights due to the Church’s unique status.  We are not a separated sect, we are not, in spite of recent confusion in the Church to the contrary, equal to the many, many protestant sects.  The Church is the unique Body instituted by Christ on earth for the preservation of Truth, the dissemination of Truth, and the conduct of the Sacraments and other Offices necessary for the salvation of souls.  As such, the Church had historically demanded and received special consideration from many nation states due to its unique role, including various rights and privileges.  But the Americanist concept of religious liberty, which includes the right to be disastrously wrong, has now been permeated throughout the world and even far within the Church].   

Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral,” he continued, adding:

This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries–only excepting our church buildings–could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb. [Aye, here is the rub.  The concept of “conscience” has been horribly confused since VII, when popular concepts of freedom and liberty were adopted by many in the Church, leading to much heresy and so-called “dissent.”  Catholics have a solemn obligation to form their conscience according to the Doctrine of the Faith.  If they fail to do so, if they find themselves unable to accept (and vote for) what the Church proclaims as good and true, then they are in a very bad state, morally.  You cannot trade prudential issues, like which is the best way to help the poor, for Dogmas like the sanctity of life]

No Catholic ministry–and yes, Mr. President, for Catholics our schools and hospitals are ministries–can remain faithful to the Lordship of the Risen Christ and to his glorious Gospel of Life if they are forced to pay for abortions.

Bishop Jenky concluded:

The Risen Christ is our Eternal Lord; the Head of his Body, the Church; our High Priest; our Teacher; our Captain in the well-fought fight. We have nothing to fear, but we have a world to win for him. We have nothing to fear, for we have an eternal destiny in heaven. We have nothing to fear, though the earth may quake, kingdoms may rise and fall, demons may rage, but St. Michael the Archangel, and all the hosts of heaven, fight on our behalf. No matter what happens in this passing moment, at the end of time and history, our God is God and Jesus is Lord, forever and ever.

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat! Christ wins! Christ reigns! Christ commands!

A truly beautiful and inspiring speech.  It is sadly a rare thing to hear from a bishop such dramatic, inspiring words, so closely united to our great Tradition.  But words are one thing.  Actions are entirely different.  I pray Bishop Jenky, and all of our bishops, now so incensed that the government they have been so friendly with has finally crossed a line many of us felt crossed years ago, will find the moral wherewithal and the love for their fellow man to follow words with actions, and impose the disciplines Christ has given to His Church for the hopeful healing of wayward souls.  The hour is late, we are just about out of time.  Lord, please bless all our bishops with heroic virtue and make them the great Saints of today, so that Catholics generations hence will pray for their intercession as they pray for St. Peter Damian, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Marie Claret, St. John Chrysostom, and so many others.

I pray this may be Your Will, Lord, and I pray Your Will may always be done in Your Church.  Not for my benefit, but for Your glory and the salvation of souls.  Amen.

Neat little prayer book April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, The Imitation of Christ, Tradition, Virtue.
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One of my many attachments, dear reader, is to books.  I love them.  I have too many.  St. Vincent Ferrerr counseled his religious not to own any, but simply to use what the community had, because of the pride that can be in it.

Knowing that, and then totally disregarding it! (have mercy on me, Lord), I finally started going through a tiny prayer book I bought  a couple years back in Hanceville.  It’s yet another book from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, which turned out many books that are very popular with faithful Catholics, especially those with an attraction to tradition, perhaps.  As an aside, after producing numerous books of great spiritual worth produced from the mid-40s to the early 60s – from My Imitation of Christ to a concise version of Summa Theologica to My Daily Bread – their final book, My Daily Life, was a departure into bizaare pseudo-psychology and was very much of it’s time – 1970.  I find it unreadable and totally unhelpful.  But the rest are great.

The book I’m all excited about now is called the Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Novena Manual, but it’s much more than that.  When the Confraternity was going strong in the first half of the 20th Century and had many adherents, this book was produced to provide a spiritual resource for its members.  It does have Novenas, of course, but much of it is devoted to prayers to say while in Adoration or Watching at the Tabernacle, while also having many others to say to consecrate one’s week to God, for special intentions, and especially for death and for the souls in Purgatory.  There are also some litanies and some readings from various Psalms in the back.  It’s a small book, perhaps 2 1/2 by 4 inches, only 160 pages, and could easily fit into a purse or pocket.  It’s densely packed, however.

To give you a flavor for the prayers, here is a plea to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting in the Tabernacle:

Jesus of the Eucharist!  Come to us and be our Ruler.  All that we have and are is Thine to command, for all that we have is Thine.  If our hearts are poor, enrich them with Thy Grace.  If they have been wretched and stained, accept them purged and cleansed through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Suffering Heart of Jesus!  To Thee we confide all the trials of our souls.

Sweet Heart of Jesus!  To Thy care we confide our weaknesses and ask Thee to accept our sincere repentance.

Compassionate Heart of Jesus!  We confide our souls to Thee, tormented by our suffering conscience.

Gentle Heart of Jesus!  We confide to Thee the peace and salvation of our families.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! The world, worried unto death, finds a refuge in Thy Heart, where the lance once opened for us the Source of Life.

Come, O Jesus!  Be our Brother in the pure joy of Christian love!
Come, O Jesus!  Be our Friend in the depths of the world’s sorrows!

It’s a pretty neat little book.  All of the books from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, are very worthwhile, save for the regrettable My Daily Life mentioned above.  They would make a nice series of gifts for a God-child.  Going through their books on the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Letters of St. Paul, in addition to the spiritual treatises of Thomas a Kempis, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Fr. Anthony Paone, would provide a really solid foundation in catechesis and the spiritual life for any young Catholic (I’d say, of 12 years and above). 

I recommend them highly, for whatever that’s worth!

Glory of Glories – FSSP has a Facebook page! April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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And it is teh awesome!  Awesome photos from all over the world!

It’s funny, but my Facebook friend count stays constant at around 200.  When I first joined, it was in association with a high school reunion.  Most of the planning was occurring on Facebook.  I’ve added many friends since then, mostly Catholics I know.  Yet my Facebook friend count remains the same.  I guess some people don’t like my Catholic views, but it’s not like I share much on Facebook, so I’m not sure.

I did get briefly in touch with a former girlfriend who sent a friend request, then “de-friended” me an hour or two later – I guess she didn’t like what I had to say.

Ah, well……..she was like that anyways.


Protest pro-abort fundraiser April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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They’re losing government handouts left and right, so the pro-aborts are pulling all the stops in raising all the private money they can.  The Texas Equal Access Fund is a particularly noxious enterprise – it raises funds to pay for abortions for women who can’t afford them, ostensibly.  The protest will feature graphic depictions of abortion and its devastating consequences, and will take place Wednesday, May 9 from 11am – 1 pm outside the ‘Lisa Baron House’ in Dallas – near Preston and Northwest Highway (just a little north of NWY on the west side of Preston).

There is a Facebook page where you can sign up to attend and get all the relevant info.  I’ll try my best to go – I really need to get more engaged in these protests like I was last year. 

I am especially motivated to go because I feel that those who believe so stridently in favor of abortion that they hold fundraisers and donate large monies for this horrific ’cause’ need to be held accountable for their actions.  While the other side tries to couch the debate in terms of ‘choice’ and even ‘providing what’s best for the child AND mother’ (with an obvious disproportionate consideration for the latter), abortion is really about death and murder.  There is no ‘right’ so precious to the mother as to deny the right to life to the child within her.  We need more protests that bring the reality of abortion to the public and to those who are most sadly lost in this murderous abomination of desolation, this dark sacrifice to the satanic maw of moloch.  Some of these people, incredibly, even consider themselves ‘Christian.

I hope and pray this blog can start to become a vehicle for concrete action!  Take a bit of a long lunch and let’s take our Faith to the streets!

Urgent prayer request for pro-life activity April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life.
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I know I have many dedicated prayer-warriors as readers.  That is a tremendous blessing.  I have asked for your help in the past. I am asking for it again, now.  There is a great opportunity before us.  Tonight, from 8-8:30 pm, Karen Garnett, head of the Dallas Catholic Pro-Life Committee, will debate the head of Planned Barrenhood North Texas on the PBS/KERA McCuistion program.  This is a taping, I’m not sure when the program will air, but you can watch previously taped episodes on the McCuistion website linked above.  But your prayers are requested to help insure that Karen Garnett gives glorious witness to the constant belief of the Church – God’s Holy Truth – that all life is precious and abortion is an abomination.  Would you, in your charity, pray for Karen in this effort?

I certainly will.  I pray Karen Garnett takes her apart. I pray all the lies and falsehoods of the pro-aborts is fully exposed.  I pray that God’s infinite gift of life is defended and glorified.  And I pray that His Will be done. 

Deo Gratias!