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Michael Voris on the restoration of Catholic formation April 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, scandals, sickness, Tradition, Virtue.
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Lay people are forming their own organizations for formation to escape the heterodox establishment, as are some orthodox and enterprising bishops for their priests.  In fact, having a bishop dedicated to reforming and dramatically improving formation can make all the difference:

Obama’s endless tyranny – farm kids now banned from doing farm chores April 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, persecution, sickness, Society.
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My wife is an incredible lady.  She can do so many things, so well.  If she puts her mind to something, it’s going to get done.  It’s one of the many things I find so wonderful in the bride God gave me.

My wife grew up on a farm.  So did my dad.  Both are amazingly capable people.  I’ve learned a great deal from both.  And so it disgusts me to see that the Obama administration is once again assuming people are idiots, that we’re too dumb to protect ourselves or raise our children, and taking away another whole swath of liberty, by putting in regulations on the chores kids do on farms.  As CS Lewis said, there is no limit to the tyranny applied by a person who thinks they’re doing good things for you.  This will never stop:

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

In Britain, the leftists firmly entrenched in power there (the change in government making not the slightest difference) are now proposing that people’s food intake be monitored, and that there be limits put on fast food and other types judged by those holiest of holier than thous, our self-anointed liberal elites.

Especially galling is the fact that the regulations they impose apply only to us lowbrow rubes in flyover country, and have almost no impact on the individuals  making them.  Like the fast food regs which will strike mainly middle and lower income families in Britain, this latest  ludicrous invasion of citizen’s privacy and rights won’t affect the apparatchiks writing the rules, but will onerously burden farm families, further helping to end this fundamentally American way of life.  

I have to wonder if another reason this is being pushed is because it will punish those who tend to vote against Obama (rural counties almost invariably go against democrats 2-1 in national elections).  The sun emperor has been that petty before.

There is nothing these people won’t try to control.  The Labor Department has already increased staff 30-40% to help monitor family farms, and they have apparently already given warnings to families with children performing tasks like tossing hay or working in barns. 

You may say……..so what?  I’m not a farmer, why should I care?  I’m not Catholic, why should I care about the contraception mandate? You should care because with this kind of over-reach, it’s only a matter of time before Obama regulates to death or outlaws something you do care about.  This man is on a mission to turn this country into a far-left socialist state, and he’s making quick progress.

If this disaster is re-elected, he is going to come after homeschoolers, I know it. He will either make it illegal or make it so onerous as to make it well nigh impossible to homeschool.

This guy is satan.

Speaking of St. Mark…. April 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, persecution, Saints, scandals, Society, Tradition.
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……Ars Orandi, that glorious site, has a wonderful excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s magnificent The Liturgical Year on St. Mark.  Dom Prosper Gueranger knew at least one thing: Matthew was first.

The cycle of Holy Mother Church brings before us today the Lion, who, together with the Man, the Ox, and the Eagle, stands before the throne of God. It was on this day that Mark ascended from earth to heaven, radiant with his triple aureole of Evangelist, Apostle and Martyr.

As the preaching made to Israel had its four great representatives—Isaias, Jeremias, Ezechiel, and Daniel—so, likewise, would God have the New Covenant to be embodied in the four Gospels, which were to make known to the world the life and teachings of his divine Son. The holy Fathers tell us that the Gospels are like the four streams which watered the garden of pleasure, and that this garden was a figure of the future Church. The first of the Evangelists—the first to register the actions and words of our Redeemer—is Matthew, whose star will rise in September; the second is Mark, whose brightness gladdens us today; the third is Luke, whose rays will shine upon in October; the fourth is John, whom we have already seen in Bethlehem, at the crib of our Emmanuel.

Mark was the beloved disciple of Peter; he was the brilliant satellite of the sun of the Church. He wrote his Gospel at Rome, under the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. The Church was already in possession of the history given by Matthew; but the faithful of Rome wished their own Apostle to narrate what he had witnessed. Peter refused to write it himself, but he bade his disciple take up his pen, and the Holy Ghost guided the hand of the new Evangelist. Mark follows the account given by Matthew; he abridges it, and yet he occasionally adds a word, or an incident, which plainly prove to us that Peter, who had seen and heard all, was his living and venerated authority. One would have almost expected that the new Evangelist would pass over in silence the history of his master’s fall, or at least have said as little as possible about it; but no—the Gospel written by Mark is more detailed on Peter’s denial than is that of Matthew; and as we read it, we cannot help feeling that the tears elicited by Jesus’ look when in the house of Caiphas, were flowing down the Apostle’s cheeks as he described the sad event. Mark’s work being finished, Peter examined it and gave it his sanction; the several Churches joyfully received this account of the mysteries of the world’s redemption, and the name of Mark was made known throughout the whole earth.

Matthew begins his Gospel with the human genealogy of the Son of God, and has thus realized the prophetic type of the Man; Mark fulfills that of the Lion, for he commences with the preaching of John the Baptist, whose office as precursor of the Messias had been foretold by Isaias, where he spoke of the voice of one crying in the wilderness—as the Lion that makes the desert echo with his roar……….

The Church Fathers, the great biblical scholars from Bede the Venerable to Cornelius a Lapide’ and hundreds more in between and since, including  all protestant scholars prior to about 1870, all held Matthew’s Gospel to be the first written.  In the 1870s, Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany and a great enemy of the Church, was engaged in his Kulturkampf to try to destroy the Church’s influence in Germany. 

He commissioned German protestant scholars to use modernist techniques to establish that Mark’s Gospel was first.  This is an error.  But, this view became very widespread, even within the Church.  But the very order of our Bibles reveals that Matthew’s Gospel was the first written, aside from much more evidence, a tiny bit was mentioned above. In fact, the most recent biblical scholarship, even that using the historical-critical method, points towards Matthew’s Gospel being first (the “Mark is first” hypothesis reached its high water mark about 1970, and support for it has been eroding ever since). 

The reason why Bismarck wanted scholars to “discover” that Mark’s Gospel was first, was because Matthew’s Gospel establishes the Primacy of the See of Peter in Matthew 16:18.  If Mark’s is proclaimed first, and Matthew’s a derivative thereof, then it can be insinuated that the statement by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, regarding the nature of his Church and the establishment of Supreme Authority in the See of Peter, is a false attribution made up by zealouts of Rome who wished to establish an authoritative Church, and not a direct statement from Christ. By diminishing the credibility of the primacy of Matthew, Bismarck furthered his goal of attacking the Church. 

I should not have to mention how such a belief reflects modernist tendencies, since it proclaims that much of Sacred Scripture, even the Gospel attributions to our Savior, is the product of men, and not inspired by God, let alone said directly by God when He walked the earth.   The modernists start with the assumption (typically) that God did not walk the earth, and go from there.  That is why we are now told that the Gospels weren’t written a few years after Christ died, but decades later – certainly after the destruction of Jerusalem, because the “scholars” will not accept that Jesus actually made a valid prophecy.  There is also the explicit assumption that because Matthew’s Gospel is longer, it has to be an embellishment of both Mark’s Gospel and some never found, illusory “proto-Gospel” (the “Q Gospel” theory – Q being short for “Quell,” German for source.  Starting to see the German connection?  Germany, with Goethe and Nietzche and many others, was also the primary fount of modernism, in general, again, encouraged greatly by Bismarck).  All this, essentially, to deny the Incarnation.

There is an interesting analysis of this scandal, from an evangelical protestant perspective, here

All of the above is the reason why a priest acquaintance of mine recommended strongly not to use any study Bible produced after 1900, and those written before 1800 are preferred, because they all tend to be filled with errors like this.  I have found the Haydock Study Bible to be wonderful.

There is a great deal more at Ars Orandi.  Also, read the post about Rogation Day, now also sadly almost totally forgotten!

Earn a plenary indulgence – assist at Mass tonight @ St. Mark in Plano April 25, 2012

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Today is the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist in the Novus Ordo calendar  throughout the Church .  There will be a special Mass tonight at St. Mark in Plano at 6:30 pm.  If you assist at this Mass, and satisfy the other requirements, you can receive a plenary indulgence!  Prior to the Mass, there will be an unveiling of some paintings of St. Mark, as well. 

A plenary indulgence can be applied to you, or to some holy soul in Purgatory.  The indulgence erases the temporal debt owed to God due to sin, which still exists even after sins have been forgiven.  Because sins have a dual dimension – there is the loss of Grace which sins cause (mortal sins cause total loss of Grace), but there is also the effect the sin has on the soul, a stain if you will, that must also be removed.  Confession provides forgiveness of sins and the restoration of Grace, but the temporal effect, the stain on the soul, remains. 

Thus, Indulgences have been granted in the Church for many centuries, and are a great gift since they allow those who still have these temporal effects of sin on their soul, or that of another, to be erased through the performance of some holy act recognized by the Church as worthy of an indulgence, or remission of debt.   The sufferings in Purgatory are terrible.  They are every bit as severe as the sufferings in hell, save for the fact that the soul knows it is saved and will join God in Heaven at some point, which is a tremendous blessing.  Performing indulgenced acts for the souls in Purgatory is a great spiritual work of mercy.

There is a wonderful book full of indulgenced prayers, the Raccolta.  I pray the Raccolta almost every day before Mass, and I offer the indulgences for various souls in Purgatory.  In the Raccolta, all the thousands of prayers are listed with the indulgence they merit – 300 days, 3 years, 7 years, etc.  Since Vatican II, such prayers have not been given with a specific time frame merited by the prayer, but are referred to as  partial indulgences, but I like the old way which assigns particular time frames.  It is important to note that the indulgenced period – 3 years, say – does not mean the soul “gets out of 3 years in Purgatory.”  What they mean is that the prayer is equivalent to the Grace merited by performing 3 years of hard penance or other beneficent acts for those suffering souls.  I like the old way of giving a specific period to prayers, because that way one is aware of the greater merit of certain prayers over others, which, when they are simply listed as partial indulgences, is lost.

I highly recommend the Raccolta for everyone!  I need a new one, mine is falling apart!