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Pray the Rosary – earn a plenary indulgence! May 21, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
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No, you can’t buy indulgences with money, nor was that ever really valid, although certain unscrupulous prelates used to do so.  Such abuse helped precipitate the great cleaving of Christendom, the ‘reformation.’


Prayers to the Blessed Virgin

Plenary indulgence

The faithful who devoutly recite the rosary in any of the following settings: a church, oratory, with their family, religious community, association of the faithful or gathering of the faithful for some honest purpose, may receive a plenary indulgence. If only five decades are recited, the recitation must be without interruption. If in a group, the prayer must be vocal.

The indulgence may also be obtained by joining in the recitation by the Holy Father as it is broadcast live by radio or television.

In other cases, the rosary recitation is partial.

Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

  • Do the work while in a state of grace,
  • Receive Sacramental confession within 8 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
  • Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
  • Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father, Hail Mary, plus Glory Be, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
  • Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin. [this is the one that makes most of our efforts at gaining a plenary indulgence fail]

Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.


  • Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.
  • Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
  • Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the  hour of one’s own death).
  • Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.
  • If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
  • If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
  • Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.
  • In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
  • If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
  • For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.

Some more Marian devotion for Our Lady’s month of May.  It is a great work of spiritual mercy to offer prayers for the dead.

Gitchyo Latin Mass on tonite! May 21, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Virtue.
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St. Mark in Plano at 7pm.  No Latin Mass on Memorial Day.

There will be a Requiem High Mass (Nofus Urdo) on June 4.  That should be interesting, I’m not sure what the differences will be with a TLM Requiem.  Come out and pray for your loved ones!

Jesuits plan to continue slide into that good night…. May 21, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, priests, religious, sadness, scandals.
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….at least, if this young man intending on a vocation to that order is any indication.  Here he is discussing how he views the priesthood, and certain moral issues:

Kennedy says he sees the church as a dynamic institution [Alarm bells should be ringing, 9 words in!], and that he feels responsible for helping to bring about its renewal [ho boy].

“I’m not entering the church of 50 years ago or 500 years ago. I’m entering the church in 2012,’’ he said. “So you have to be realistic about the challenges of the images of priesthood in this day and age. . . . I don’t find it daunting, but it’s going to be a challenge.’’ [There is no Church of 2012, or 1512, or 1962…..there is just the Church.  Not ‘church’ – THE CHURCH!]

He says he shares some of the critics’ questions[here it comes……], such as why the Vatican decided to investigate the US nuns, [One must be blind, deaf, and dumb to not understand that] and why the church has taken such a hard line against gay relationships. [Two words: Sodom and Gomorrah.  And no, they weren’t destroyed for lack of hospitality] He talks about the importance of lay empowerment and of affirming the role of women as leaders in the church. [he wants lay run parishes and dioceses and the congregationalist model and women priestesseses] When he becomes a priest, he says, he plans to adopt a consensus-building approach, as some of the best priests he knows have done.

“The intentions of leadership within the church I don’t think are bad – I don’t think they wake up every day and say, ‘How can we make someone’s life miserable?’’’ he said. “But . . . what is the lived experience of Catholics today? You have to account for that.’’

There is such a fundamental disconnect here.  It’s a disconnect that says that if you don’t give people whatever they want, whatever they say will make them ‘happy,’ then you’re a big blue meanie and evil to boot. There is a constant confusion between charity, and sentimentality.  There is also an overarching ignorance that dominates everything.  The end result of all this is that, instead of making people truly happy by encouraging them to live a saintly life, they instead remain mired in misery through their debauched practices being churchified. 

I bet this kid thinks he’s avante garde.  But, in reality, he’s spouting the same, incredibly tired ideas that have been completely beat to death (and totally discredited in practice, since they lead to the death of faith, and not its “renewal”) over the last 50  years.  Even more, these new ideas are actually hundreds of years old, save for the latest novelty of embracing perverse sex acts as “normal.”

With this mentality, I fervently hope he is never ordained in the Church.  He’s simply unsuitable.  The relationship the priesthood holds to the laity, and the power he would have over souls – it’s unthinkable to entrust that sacred office to a boy who rejects the Faith left, right, and center. 

This kid doesn’t want to be a Jesuit.  He wants to be (or is) a presbyterian.

Love for our Mother is necessary for salvation May 21, 2012

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I  must admit, coming into the Church as a former protestant, that I had certain reservations regarding some of the Church’s Dogmas regarding the Blessed Mother.  But, as I have grown in the Faith, I have grown closer to Mary (I pray), and have come to rely on her aid and help a great deal.  Even still, I have been taken aback at times due to statements, such as those made by St. Bernard (the Mellifluous Doctor) and St. Alphonsus Ligouri (the Moral Doctor), that not only is having a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother beneficial, it is even necessary for salvation.  St. Alphonsus, who I am coming to admire more and more, states that this devotion is not absolutely necessary, but practically so.  Because of the deep and mysterious nature of Mary, and her relationship with her son (especially her ability to intercede for us and the fact that she is the Mother of God, and our Savior’s willingness to accede to her requests), Mary is so efficacious for us, and so close to her Son, that devotion to her is indicative of a humility and charity towards God necessary for salvation.

The great St. Louis de Montfort believed the same.  In his book True Devotion to Mary, he outlines the following regarding our need for a great devotion to the Blessed Mother (Items 63 64):

I here turn for one moment to Thee, O sweet Jesus, to complain lovingly to Thy Divine Majesty that the greater part of Christians, even of the most learned, do not know the necessary union there is between Thee and Thy holy Mother. Thou, Lord, art always with Mary, and Mary is always with Thee, and she cannot be without Thee, else she would cease to be what she is.  It is Thou only, my Jesus, who livest and reignest in her more perfectly than in all the angels and the blessed.  Ah!  If we knew the glory and the love which Thou receivest in this admirable creature, we should have very different thoughts both of Thee and her from what we have now. She is so intimately united with Thee that it were easier to separate the light from the sun, the heat from the fire; nay, it were easier to separate from Thee all the angels and saints than from Mary, for she loves Thee more ardently and glorifies Thee more perfectly than all the other creatures put together.

After that, my sweet Master, is it not an astonishingly pitiable thing to see the ignorance and the darkness of all men here below in regard to Thy holy Mother?  I speak not so much of idolaters and pagans, who, knowing Thee not, care not to know her.  I speak not even of heretics and schismatics, who care not to be devout to Thy holy Mother, being separated as they are from Thee and Thy holy Church; but I speak of Catholics, and even of doctors among Catholics [here de Montfort refers to the Jansenists, who were influenced by Calvin], who make profession of teaching truths to others, and yet know not Thee nor Thy holy Mother, except in a speculative, dry, barren, indifferent manner. These gentlemen speak but rarely of Thy holy Mother and of the devotion we ought to have to her, because they fear, so they say, lest we should abuse it, and do some injury to Thee in honoring Thy holy Mother too much. If they hear or see anyone devout to our Blessed Lady, speaking often of his devotion to that good Mother in a tender, strong and persuasive way……they cry out against him, and give him a thousand false reasons by way of “proving” to him that he ought not to talk so much of our Blessed Lady; that there are great abuses in that devotion; and that we must direct our energies to destroy these abuses, and to speak of Thee, rather than to incline the people to devotion to our Blessed Lady, whom they already love sufficiently. [to love “sufficiently…….” that’s an interesting way of looking at things.  You already love your wife enough! No more!]

We hear them sometimes speak of devotion to our Blessed Lady, not for the purpose of establishing it and persuading men to embrace it, but to destroy the “abuses” which are made of it; and all the while these teachers  are without piety or tender devotion toward Thyself, simply because they have none for Mary. [I recently read comments on another site about catechizing protestant converts, and how “embarrassing” the catechists found some Marian doctrine.  They regarded mention of Marian devotion as a hazard to be avoided in the process of conversion.  I believe St. Louis de Montfort would regard those fears as false, and perhaps indicative of a lack of devotion to our Blessed Mother on the part of the catechist] They regard the Rosary and the Scapular as devotions proper for weak and ignorant minds, without which men can save themselves; and if there falls into their hands any poor client of Our Lady who says his Rosary, or has any other practice of devotion toward her, they soon change his spirit and his heart.  Instead of devotion to the holy Virgin, they counsel him devotion to Jesus Christ. [But this is false: devotion to Mary is devotion to Jesus Christ]

Oh my sweet  Jesus, do these people have Thy Spirit?  Do they please Thee in acting thus? Does it please Thee when, for fear of displeasing Thee, we neglect devotion to Thy Mother?

Yet, my sweet Master, the greater part of the learned could not discourage devotion to Thy holy Mother more, and could not show more indifference to it, even if all that I have just said were true. [Good St. Louis de Montfort refers to the questions above] Thus, they have been punished for their pride!  Keep me, Lord, from their sentiments and their practices, and give me some share of the sentiments of gratitude, esteem, respect, and love which Thou hast in regard to Thy holy Mother, soe that eth more I imitate and follow her, the more I may love and glorify Thee!

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What I know, personally, is that devotion to Our Lady has increased my devotion to her Son tremendously. At one time, I would have been repulsed by St. Alphonsus’ claim, but now I believe it.  There is something about devotion to Mary that just seems necessary for transformation of a soul.  She is an example for all of us – a creature, yet pure from sin, the created forming in her body the Creator.  So much mystery, but more than that, so much love.  Thank you, my Blessed Mother, for your constant intercession for all of us, and for the many gifts of revelation you have made at Lourdes, Fatima, Akita, Quito, Walsingham, and so many other places. 

Apostasy pays – Gates donates millions to Ursuline May 21, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, unadulterated evil.
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I don’t think their “ecstatic” support has much to do with the donations, however.  The general outlook of so many women religious, especially those of a certain age, is completely accepting of the left-feminist worldview that sees contraception (and abortion, and divorce on demand, etc) as an unalloyed good.  But, Melinda Gates, who plans to spend billions of her husband’s money to foist contraception on more women (perhaps even, without their consent), has donated a great deal of money to Dallas Ursuline Academy over the past several years:

A Dallas Catholic school administered by Ursuline nuns who have reportedly expressed their support for billionaire Melinda French Gates’ campaign to inject millions of women with contraceptive drugs has received at least $8.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation during the past decade, LifeSiteNews.com has learned.According to statements posted on the Ursuline Academy of Dallas website, Gates gave $5 milllion to the school in 2006, “the largest single contribution received in the history of the Academy,” for the creation of the French Family Science, Math and Technology Center, which was given in Gates’ maiden name, “French.”

In 2007, Gates followed up with another $2 million “for science, math, and technology education as part of the Academy’s strategic plan for campus renewal and growth.” 

In 2012 Gates gave another $1.5 million to the school during a fundraiser recorded on the website as well.

Gates, who is married to billionaire tech mogul Bill Gates and who claims to be a “practicing Catholic,” recently told Newsweek that she intends to spend $4 billion to bring contraceptives to 120 million impoverished women by 2020. She emphasizes the injectable drug Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive that also causes abortions, and that has been associated with a variety of serious health problems, including bone loss and cancer.

Thus, “empowerment.”  Thank goodness, Bishop Farrell is “communicating” with the sisters at Ursuline over their support of Gates’ apostasy.  Romano Amerio notes in Iota Unum that many bishops today have such an impoverished understanding of their office and its duties and responsibilities, that they feel virtually powerless to prevent, or even take remedial action against, almost any form of dissent or heresy.  And so the long, slow train of heresy keeps rolling, crushing under it’s weight the souls of millions.

Quick – hurry to the Carmelite Monastery May 21, 2012

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If you do, you can catch the vows being made by Sister Maria Guadalupe of the Infant Jesus of Prague!  11 am!  I wish I could go!

Monday, May 21st at 11:00 A.M.Mass at the Carmelite Monastery 600 Flowers, Dallas 75211 

Sister Maria Guadalupe of the Infant Jesus of Prague will be “Rendering her Vows” to the Superior of this Carmel, Reverend Mother Juanita Marie. Sister Maria Guadalupe has transferred to the Dallas Carmel. There will be a reception after Mass.

You may bring Sister a card, gift, donation, etc. but it is not necessary.  Prayers are most important!

If you wish to send a card:

Sister Maria Gaudalupe of The Infant Jesus of Prague
600 Flowers Ave.
Dallas, TX  75211


I will try to be at one of the upcoming ceremonies, especially the clothing.  See this post.

Thanks to MJ!