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A glorious baptism April 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, priests, Sacraments, Tradition, Virtue.
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As I mentioned in the preceding post, we attended a baptism last night.  It was in the Extraordinary Form, performed by a diocesan priest ably assisted by one of the local FSSP priests.  It also included a blessing referred to as the Churching of Women. “Churching is the woman’s way of giving thanksgiving to God for the birth of her child, and predisposes her, through the priestly blessing that is a part of the ritual, to receive the graces necessary to raise her child in a manner pleasing to God.”  I had never seen, or even heard of, this blessing before.  It was a great accompaniment to the baptism.

Fr. Paul Weinberger, the persevering pastor of St. William in Greenville (which parish I highly recommend for those who can’t make it to a Traditional Latin Mass, or who don’t feel called to assist at Mass in the Usus Antiquor.  The Mass at St. William is a true Feast, Novus Ordo offered in Latin, in whole or part, on Sunday.  It should be experienced by every faithful Catholic in the Diocese) performed the baptism.  I took a few photos, but with my phone, so the quality is just so-so.  It was a very beautiful baptism, and I loved the blessing for mom.

The baptism according to the traditional rite is much longer than the usual baptisms of today.  It includes several aspects that have been deleted from the Novus Ordo baptism.  I really like the older form, which includes a formal exorcism of any evils attached to the baptized, a blessing with salt (since we are salt of the earth), blowing in the face, etc.   This photo was actually taken almost half-way throught the rite, which takes about 20-25 minutes.

I’ve spent some time with the baby that was baptized.  He’s very placid, and very cute.

Fr. Thomas Longua ably assisted. 

This was the ‘Churching of women’ portion.

One more note is to check out the bulletin for St. William.  There are frequently articles, excerpts from papal writings, etc., on the last few pages of the bulletin, and there is a particularly good article on the insidious effects of new age, even on those who come into casual contact with such dark elements.

Inevitable – complaint filed against Bishop Jenky for defense of Faith April 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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The other side knows that should the Truth be defended vigorously, and draw more people to Itself, they would be doomed.  And that is simply unacceptable.  So, when a bishop gives a stirring exhortation to live and vote according to Church Dogma, that bishop must be punished if not destroyed.  They’re reaching for the heavy clubs already.  Bishop Jenky, who used language many of have prayed for a very long time a bishop would use in his defense of the Faith and condemnation of the Obama administration’s blatant anti-Catholicism, now faces an IRS complaint and investigation into “violation” of tax exempt status and strange condemnations from the Anti-Defamation League:

The Rev. Barry Lynn, [“reverend” of the United Church of Christ, which isn’t.  He’s a prominent left wing advocate and a man who has built a mini-media presence through his constant willingness to reduce the Christian Faith to a purely private exercise, something Our Lord never intended] executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, alleges that a fiery homily by Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky last Sunday effectively urged Catholics to vote against Obama in the 2012 presidential election. [And………so?  Jenky was exactly right, Catholics cannot vote for the most pro-abort, anti-Catholic president in American history]

Jenky’s homily criticized policies proposed by the Obama administration that would require all employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. The bishop included Obama’s policies in a litany of government challenges the Catholic Church has overcome in previous centuries, including actions by Hitler and Stalin………..

……….Lynn has said church-affiliated agencies who operate on taxpayer dollars should follow public policy guidelines or only collect money from parishioners. But remarks delivered later in the homily prompted Lynn’s complaint to the IRS……….[well, he who pays the piper calls the tune.  The government can put all kinds of strings on our money that it re-distributes after a nice 40% cut for itself.  I have argued for a long time that the Church would be much better off disassociating itself from government money totally.  We’d be much better off being much more spiritually focused, as well.  But I just don’t understand, I’m told…..I’m obviously a romantic, a purist, someone who just doesn’t get the hard realities of the world.   You have no idea how much GOOD is done with that government money!  Good like being forced to accept contraception and abortion?]

………In a letter to the IRS, Lynn wrote that Jenky violated the rules that prohibit issue advocacy and that he had called on Catholics to vote as a bloc at the polls. [The latter is meaningless, it’s just a scare quote for the press.  Lynn submitted the complaint himself, establishing himself for the apparatchik he is]

“To be sure, Jenky never utters the words ‘Do not vote for Obama,’ ” Lynn wrote. “But the Internal Revenue Code makes it clear that statements need not be this explicit to run afoul of the law.” [But that’s not the point, is it , Barry?  The point is to make dissent from the “progressive” totalitarian program too expensive and difficult to countenance.  This action is a warning to Jenky and all other bishops that they will be harrassed and punished for their defense of the Faith.  IF that happens, good for them – they’ll win many graces from persecution]

On Wednesday, Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of Chicago’s Anti-Defamation League, demanded an apology from Jenky, calling his remarks “outrageous, offensive and completely over the top.”……….

This one I don’t get.  Bishop Jenky didn’t mention the Holocaust, or the Jews, in any way.  Jenky made reference to Hitler and Stalin, who killed as many or more Catholics as they did Jews.  But, something  made the ADL mad.  Could it be their own tight allegiance to the democrat party and generally far-left membership?  Could the ADL now have been reduced to little more than a democratic party shill organization, as Barry Lynn is a shill and the Chicago Tribune?   Couldn’t possibly be!

Things are going to get way worse before they get even a little better.  I pray Bishop Jenky stays strong, and scores of his confreres join him.

Charity does not justify compromise April 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, Tradition, Virtue.
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That TFP Student Action blog has alot of gold on it:

“While Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them.

While He called to Himself in order to convert them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. [so, he would probably have harsh words for today’s democrat party] While He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. [I wonder if LCWR would get any of this?]  While His heart overflowed with gentleness to the souls of good will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. [many men given great gifts, great offices, will have  much to answer for, for with power and offices comes responsibility – one of the biggest tragedies of our time is authority shirking its responsbilities, enjoying the privileges of their office without proper performance of duty]

He was strong as He was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lesson and by His example, He traced the path of happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross.” [and thus, the necessity of acceptance of suffering]

Pope St. Pius X
Encyclical Our Apostolic Mandate, (Hawthorne, Vic., Australia: Tenet Books, 1974), pp.21-22

Here’s another great repudiation of our current culture, which mistakes indifference for kindness, and sentimentalism for charity.

The Church Desires the Faithful to Communicate Daily April 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, North Deanery, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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I was blessed to assist at a wonderful Baptism last night.  It was really nice. It’s such a blessing to take part in seeing a new soul cleansed, with the stain of original sin removed and the soul infilled with Grace.  Another great blessing of the night, beyond the great time we had visiting with many people, was the priest who performed the baptism.  I hadn’t seen him in almost a year, and I had missed him a great deal. I speak of Fr. Paul Weinberger, who I think could best be desribed as a priest, in every sense of the word.

We got to speak with Fr. Weinberger for a while last night, and he discoursed on many subjects.  But he  made a particular point of this: we should go to daily Mass all the time.  He was talking about the Divine Mercy, and by not going to Mass as frequently as we possibly can, we’re basically saying to God “no thanks, I don’t need any more of Your Mercy, I have enough for now.”  It is critical to remember that Divine Mercy is available to us while we live – when we die, we will face Divine Justice (this is a specific revelation made by Our Lord to Saint Faustina). 

God works in wondrous ways.  Having heard Fr. Weinberger’s exhortations to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as frequently as possible, I read the following today, in the Catechism of the Council of Trent:

It will therefore be the duty of the pastor frequently to admonish the faithful that, as they deem it necessary to afford daily nutriment to the body, they should also feel solicitous to feed and nourish the soul every day with this Heavenly Food. It is clear tha the soul stands not less in need of spiritual, than the body of corporal food.  Here it will be found most useful to recall the inestimable and divine advantages which, as we have already shown, flow form sacramental Communion.  It will be well also to refer to the manna, which was a figure of this Sacrament, and which refershed the bodily powers every day.  The Church Fathers who earnestly recommended the frequent reception of this Sacrament are numerous, and include St. Augustine, who stated “Thou sinnest daily, receive daily.”  (The other fathers who held these views include St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyprian, St. Lucinus, and St. Cyril)

In the earliest Church, the faithful approached Holy Communion every day.  All who then professed the Faith of Christ burned with such true and sincere charity that, devoting themselves to prayer and other works of piety, they were found prepared to communicate daily…………

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Just to note, I didn’t go looking for this reading, I read the Catechism sequentially, and this was just the pages I intended to read today.  I think it not coincidence, but Providence.

The Catechism goes on to note that by AD 250, a time that St. Cyprian lamented for its coldness of faith, the devotion to Christ and His Church had already collapsed to the point that it was necessary for Pope Fabian (AD 236-250) to issue an edict requiring the faithful to receive at least 3 times a year.  Even that was ignored, and finally, the 4th Lateran Council instituted the requirement – the precept of the Faith! – that the faithful receive at least once a year.

But we should not want to be minimalists.  We should have a tremendous hunger four Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist.  We should burn with a desire to receive Him into our bodies as the ultimate fuel for our souls.  The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of our Faith!  It is the greatest Gift imaginable – God, transforming Himself into the accidents of food, so that we may receive Him in the most intimate way possible!  It amazes me how hard-hearted mankind is, how a bare two centuries after the Ascension, when the Apostles had barely passed from living memory, already people we so dead in Faith they had to be exhorted to receive Communion!  It’s incredible!

Having said all that, I want to make one final, critical note.  Yes, we should receive the Blessed Sacrament as frequently as possible, but only ever worthily!  We must be in a state of Grace!  That means we must avail ourselves of Confession frequently!  Never receive the Blessed Sacrament when you have a standing grudge against someone, or when you have a grave sin on your conscience.  My favorite time to receive Communion is right after Confession – I feel clean and worthy!