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Fatima “UN” Statue coming to North Texas May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Our Lady, Saints.
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I’ve got to say, I’ve never heard of this thing before, but my wife got a flier about a statue of Our Lady of Fatima coming ot the North Texas area this weekend.  There is a press release for the event:

The world-famous United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin statue to be displayed at four locations in North Texas.

In addition, all are invited to join in the International Rosary Procession at St. Ann in Burleson at 3p.m.on May 13, 2012

Where: St. Luke Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, TX. 75060; Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, 5801 Mt. Carmel Drive, Arlington, TX, 76017; San Mateo Catholic Church, 3316 Lovell Ave. , Fort Worth, TX 76105, and St. Ann Catholic Church,
100 SW Alsbury, Burleson, TX 76028.

When: May 10-May 14, 2012

Who: Catholic and the Faithful of all denominations are welcome to participate

Contact: Suzette Chaires, 817-247-8527 or via e-mail lovJesus@swbell.net

The statue will be appearing at parishes/monasteries in Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, Burleson, and Dallas between this Friday May 11 and Monday May 14.

You can see a breakdown of the schedule here

Of great interest to me is that there will be first class relics of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marta.   

“This event represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Texas faithful to view this extraordinary and blessed piece of art as well as venerate the relics of two of the witnesses of Fatima”

It looks like the closest location for most local readers will be St. Luke Catholic School in Irving, or the Mount St. Michael School in south Dallas.

Michael Voris on the pruning of dead branches May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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I have a knockout rose that’s gotten a really bizaare disease called rose rosette.   The disease is generally fatal, but some say that if you cut the afflicted branch(es) off immediately, the plant can be saved. 

Our Blessed Lord at times likened His Church to various plants, especially the grape vine.  And He made clear that diseased, or erroneous branches, modernist branches that fail to bear any good fruit, must be cut off and cast into the fire. 

Michael Voris makes a critical point.  While one or even a few polls can be wrong, when every single poll about Church affairs shows the Church in constant retreat, they can’t be wrong.  The Church IS in retreat.  This retreat is the effect of 40 years of modernism, rejection of traditional belief, and “if it feels good do it” disfigurements of theology and morality. 

It is no coincidence that those sects that, similar to the Church, have most embraced the modernist belief that “there is no ‘truth,’ we should constantly change our beliefs based on what is popular at the moment!” are the ones in freefall.  The extent to which they embrace that modernism is a good predictor for how fast they will collapse.  Mainline protestants have really, really embraced it, and they are all but dead.  In the Church, there has been a constant rearguard fighting against attempts to impose modernism by many misguided clergy and staff, and so the decline has not been quite so severe.

On the contrary, orthodoxy leads to more vocations, more donations, more attendance – all the visible signs of a healthy, growing, faith-filled Church.  The accumulated evidence by now is so overwhelming that refusal to accept it is difficult to understand save from purely ideological grounds.

But things will look very much different in a few  years.


Join 15,000 others in opposing Sebelius speaking at Georgetown May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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If you are rightly incensed and scandalized that formerly Catholic Georgetown University has invited the most pro-abort cabinet member in US history to speak at commencement, you can sign a petition here to register your displeasure.  It only takes about 10 seconds to do and is, I think, important – it’s important to be “on the record” in opposition to this disaster. 

This woman has built her entire political career upon the bones of murdered children.  I kid you not – it was her association with George Tiller and Planned Parenthood that got her elected governor, it was they who she paid back by breaking the law in destroying evidence of criminal activity by Planned Parenthood, and it is she who has pursued the most anti-life, anti-Church agenda in modern US history.  As I posted the other day, who is Georgetown going to invite to speak next?  Satan?  Stalin?  Suleiman? 

Really, though, I think the best course would simply be for the Church to declare, formally, that Georgetown is no longer Catholic, but still fully Jesuit.   That way everyone wins!  Seriously…….at what point can an institution no longer be saved?  By earthly means, anyways, Georgetown’s Catholic identity looks deader than fried chicken.

Oh, and by the way, the Georgetown administration thinks you’re stupid.  That is, they think they can just redefine a word to mean what they want it to mean, and make the scandal go away.  In this case, they’ve determined that a ceremony in which a group of people who have satisfied the requirements for a degree have their names read, and then go up and get a diploma, is not a commencement, but a get-together.  Ever noticed how leftism is like trying to play with a spoiled four year old?

Requiem “High” Mass at St. Mark June 4 May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, priests.
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Fr. Hopka said last night that over the next few months there will be some Requiem sung Masses at St. Mark.  These will be Novus Ordo Latin Masses but sung, and departing from the normal prayers of the liturgical year for that day and instead will be a Requiem Mass.  The purpose of the Mass will be to offer prayers and supplications for our departed family and friends. 

I heartily endorse this idea!  I pray we get a big crowd!  Assisting at a Requiem Mass is a great spiritual work of mercy, it will redound to your benefit, spiritually, and could be of immense aid to a soul suffering in Purgatory!  It’s a great deal all around! 

I’ve never been to a Novus Ordo Latin Requiem Mass.  The Requiem Mass in the TLM is beautiful beyond description, it is a transport to the 7th Heaven. 

Let’s get our Requiem on!

Oh…….another thing I pray for.  Black vestments!  I like these alot, for they say that life is short, death awaits us all, and eternity is forever:


Novena for the Reconciliation and Canonical Recognition of SSPX May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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Prayer is a great spiritual work of mercy.  For decades now, there have been hundreds of thousands of souls who feel a great affinity for tradition and who shudder at the changes in the Church, who have been wandering in the cold world almost alone, cut off in a manner from full union with the Church.  Our Holy Father ardently desires their return.  Would you, in your charity, pray a Novena for the return of the Society of St. Pius X to full canonical regularity with the Church?

VENI, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur:
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus: Deus qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen.

COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts overflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray: O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost: grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

MEMORARE, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto.
Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.

REMEMBER, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help and sought Thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to Thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

Sometimes, a friend goes off the rails. And we must have forgiveness May 8, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Domestic Church, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness.
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I was witness to a train wreck yesterday, of stupendous proportions.  It’s very painful to watch someone you love, and who has a good heart and is trying to do what they think is right, do something horribly, catastrophically wrong.  I saw that yesterday, and to a lesser extent last Friday.  It’s one of those things where I really can’t share details, unfortunately.  But I ask for your prayers for this well intentioned person who has just let things get wound up a bit too tight, it would seem. 

Even more sadly, in trying to make their point, the person involved tried to drag in several other individuals and groups that had nothing to do with the rant.  That caused great embarrasment for them, and could have left them in a very uncomfortable position. 

I have sadly had occasion of late to meditate a great deal on forgiveness, and what a necessary thing it is.  Anger is a cancer on the soul.  Pride, too.  Pride and anger have caused a great deal of pain for those close to me.  It has been terrible to observe the wounds caused by this, from the outside, to an extent.  But our Blessed Lord made plain that forgiveness is absolutely critical to be pleasing to Him and to grow closer to Him and His Holy Will. 

In Luke Chapter 6, our Lord said:

And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner. [32] And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them. [33] And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this. [34] And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much. [35]But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful……… For with the same measure that you shall mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.

The 3rd person of the Holy Trinity also said in Matthew:

Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? [22] Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times. [23] Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. [24] And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents. [25] And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

[26] But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. [27] And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. [28] But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. [29] And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. [30]And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt.

[31] Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done. [32] Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: [33] Shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? [34] And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt. [35] So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

There it is, in black and white, the voice of the Trinitarian God stating plainly that if we do not forgive others offenses against us, we are in the gravest of spiritual trouble.  We should always remember that our sins against one another pale in comparison to our sins against God.  That applies to all of us.  We are exactly like the servant throttling our neighbor for a penny, compared to the mountain of gold we owe God.

Even the prayer Our Blessed Lord taught us to say is focused on forgiveness:

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us! 

Would you, then, in your charity, pray for my friend, that this person who cares so much may temper their great concern with prudence and mercy?

Would you also pray for an end to the discord in my family?  Especially for a sibling who rejects the saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?  It would mean a great deal to me if you would do so.