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St. Maximilian Kolbe on socialism June 4, 2012

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Can you guess?  Was he a big fan?  Errr……..

Whenever I feel that it is useful, proper and prudent, I stop and talk about the inadequacy of socialism. . . ”

“When he sees the luxurious residence or the charming country house of a wealthy person, a poor workingman often asks himself: ‘Why do I not possess such wealth, too? Why is there such inequality in this world?’

How many volumes have been written about equality among men! How much blood has been spilled for this idea! And yet, in spite of it all, we still have the rich and the poor.

Four years ago I passed through Moscow. As the train was scheduled to stay there for a few hours, I got down from the railway car to visit the city a bit, hoping to see for myself how the slogan, so highly publicized and so widely proclaimed, of equality and the common possession of goods, was worked out in practice. But even there I found some people clad in rags, while others wore elegant clothes cut in the latest style. So not even in the Bolshevik state have they succeeded in bringing about equality.

Let us imagine, however, that one day all the inhabitants of the world would assemble to put into effect this sharing of all goods; and that in fact each person, granted that the world is very big, received an exactly equal portion of the wealth existing on earth.

Then what? That very evening one man might say, ‘Today I worked hard; now I am going to take a rest.’ Another might state, ‘I understand this sharing of goods very well; so let’s drink and celebrate such an extraordinary happening.’ On the other hand, another might say: “Now I am going to set to work with a will so as to reap the greatest benefit I can from what I have received.” And so, starting on the next day, the first man would have only the amount given him; the second would have less, and the third would have increased his. Then what do we do? Start redistributing the wealth all over again. . . To continue the argument, even if there were only two persons in the world, they would not succeed in maintaining absolute equality; for in the whole universe there are no two things completely identical in every respect. . . This is how it has been, how it is now and how it will always be, simply because man will never attain absolute perfection.

In spite of all this, the human mind still desires to bring about a certain equality among men, Is there any possibility that this can happen? Yes, no doubt. Every man, whoever he is, whatever he possesses and whatever he is capable of doing, owes all this to God the Creator of the universe. Of himself man is nothing. From this point of view all of us are absolutely equal. Furthermore we all possess free will, which makes us master of all our actions. This too constitutes the basic equality of all men on earth. [Kolbe Reader, 11, 131-132]

It is amazing that there are so many in the Church today – those who willingly and particularly pretend that the Church was founded in AD 1962- who talk of socialism and liberation theology and the entire mess as if it is something new to be debated.  It is not.  The Church has rejected liberalism/socialism and all that junk for centuries.  That is precisely why those people pretend the Church began in AD 1962, and why they pretend that the most recent Council is the be all and end all of the Church – because it suits their purposes (which purposes are much, much more worldly, than eternal – for the most part). 

That is why all this Church focus – especially in the US, but around the world due to the spread of the worldly Americanist view – on earthly works is wrong-headed, even counterproductive.  It’s especially counterproductive from the point of view of the eternal.

Nothing earth shaking in all this.  But the Saints contain so much wisdom of the Faith, I thought it good to share.

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark……plus! June 4, 2012

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The Latin Mass is on tonight at St. Mark.  This will be a special requiem Mass, which all first Masses of the month will be.  Offering intentions for the departed is a great spiritual work of mercy.  I pray I see many of you there.

In addition, there will be a special memorial Mass for Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Monday, June 18 at 7pm at the Carmelite Chapel.  Fr. Paul Weinberger will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  I am not certain if this will be in Latin or not.  I’m trying to find out.

Something I love to see….. June 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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……a young diocesan priest with fiddleback.  I know Friday past was a First Friday, but…..there were 250-300 people at Mass at St. Mark.  What a blessing.  When the priest came down the aisle towards the altar, I had an overwhelming wish that I had reversed the position of the Missal, moved the candles, and chucked the flower arrangement so that the priest would face the tabernacle during Mass!  I wonder what he would have done, had that been the case.

Pray for Fr. Rangel!  He’s off to…….uhhhh………Prince of Peace, soon.  I know Fr. Balint has retired, but his shadow still looms large.  I find the choice of assignments for the young priests recently or just ordained interesting.  Revealing, even.   Perhaps I’ll talk about that at another time.

Shame on me! June 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, priests, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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So, we missed two big events at the Carmelite Monastery yesterday (Sunday).  The first was the rendering of vows of Sr. Rose Marie of the Sorrowful Mother, who transferred to the Dallas Carmel from another.  The second was a Mass of thanksgiving by Fr. Martin Mary of the Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Christoval, TX for his ordination to the holy priesthood.  But, we went to the Monastery to drop off some items for the nuns, and were able to congratulate Sr. Rose Marie after she had rendered her vows.  Foolish me, I forgot to take a picture!  Even more foolishly, I finally got to meet and talk with the Fr. Prior from Christoval, Fr. Fabian Maria, and I forgot to take a picture with him!  So shame on me for my forgetfulness.

Fr. Martin Mary

But, I did get to speak with him. Since we go down to Harper alot, and Christoval is about 2 1/2 hours away from Harper, I have wanted to go there for a long time, but it’s never worked out.  I was very glad to finally get to meet Fr. Fabian. I have ordered truly wonderful incense from the monks in Christoval along with some of the jellies and baked goods they sell to support themselves.  I highly recommend both.  The hermits have been in Christoval for 21 years, and Fr. Prior would like very much to build a bigger and improved chapel for their 25th anniversary.  This chapel would be designed for Mass only facing the Lord (Ad Orientem), and woudl facilitate Mass in both forms – TLM and Novus Ordo.  The hermitage, which has been quite small in numbers heretofore, is also blessed with 8 aspirants right now!  What a great blessing!  Both the Dallas and Christoval Carmels are growing so nicely – Deo Gratias!

I did take some pics of the monastery chapel.  Don’t ask me why I remembered to take pictures of that, and not the people I should have! 

My only excuse is that I’ve been sick with a terrible head cold/sinus infection.  Ohhhh…..the agony!

Fr. Prior Fabian Marie is such a sweet and humble man. He blessed all of us.  I pray they get the support they need to build their new chapel!  It was such a blessing to go to the Carmelite Monastery – I get such a sense of peace whenever I am there.

Miss Mexico’s skirt June 4, 2012

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I’m not sure how far and wide this story went over the weekend, but with the concommitant release of For Greater Glory, I found it interesting that suddenly, a story broke about the skirt worn by Miss Mexico at a costume reveal back in March which featured scenes from the Cristero persecution.  Some coverage here, with a decidedly hostile take on the dress.  I’ll cover that in a bit, but first, the skirt:

I love the Virgin of Guadalupe on the front.  I should not think that controversial.  But there are scenes of the Cristeros hung dead from telephone poles along a railroad track – a photo I’ve had on this blog, the execution of Blessed Miguel Pro, and a variety of other martyrs and general Christeros.

A thing to know about Mexico is that almost all the elites are sexular leftist pagans.  If the person is high in government, the media, entertainment, then they are almost certainly secular and, more than that, anti-Catholic to one degree or another.  So, keep that in mind when reading some of the reactions:

But many [many implies a majority, or at least a very large number.  I’m not sure of that] Mexicans weren’t happy about the history the dress evoked, especially at a moment of debate about the Catholic Church’s role in politics and its lobbying against a Mexico City proposal to legalize abortion. Others said it glorified violence in a country where a battle between drug gangs has brought a wave of killings and beheadings.

“It’s inappropriate to use images of this Cristero war that cost so many lives and was so pointless,” [Really?  It was ‘pointless’ to defend the rights of the Church, sacred property and persons, from cruel abuse, confiscation, and destruction?  It was ‘pointless’ to engage in a struggle that, at the least, forced the hate-filled masonic leftists that governed Mexico to back off their persecution quite a bit,  even if the bishops gave away the game at the end?  Those thousands of souls now in Heaven who were martyred – I wonder if they felt it was “pointless”?] said Guadalupe Loaeza, a contemporary Mexican writer. [a very left-wing writer, I might add]

La Jornada columnist Jorge Camil said a dress was not the place to recount the event.

“It would be like Miss USA wearing a dress showing images of the Ku Klux Klan in the deep South, with their hoods, their burning crosses and beer cans,” he wrote. “A beauty contest is very far from being the right place to vent political and religious ideologies.” [Perhaps.  This is the only point I read in rebuttal that made any sense – that a beauty contest is not the place for political statements.  But it happens all the time, in the other direction  (favoring trendy lefty causes), and, of course there is no complaint then. But regarding the “burning crosses” meme, he’s wrong.  Because the vast majority of the US was not terrorized by the KKK, but the vast majority of Mexico was terrorized by the government during the Cristiada. A more appropriate comparison for American context might be – would it be OK to have a skirt with scenes from the civil war?  Or, what of a black woman wearing a skirt with burning crosses at a Miss Black USA contest (no idea if there is such a thing)?  In that environment, it might be very powerful, moving, even]

By the time the U.S. Embassy helped mediate an end to the violence in 1929, only a few hundred priests remained in Mexico.

“It’s not right for Mexico, in an important international event like Miss Universe, to remember this sad and unfortunate fact of our history,” Monsignor Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel told La Jornada. “This traditional outfit alludes to events that opened deep wounds.”

Ha!  Pardon me, Monsignor, but that’s a joke!  Because what the Mexican government has been very successful at doing, is totally burying and memory-holing ALL knowledge of the Cristiada, which is not taught in schools in Mexico and is largely ignored internationally.  Of course, it’s not taught in the US at all, either – you have to scrounge around to find histories of the Cristiada persecution, which are almost entirely from Catholic sources.  Secularists ignore it because it runs completely counter to their own memes and agenda.  

To my mind, just about any venue that brings this incredible bit of history to the public’s attention is badly needed and warranted.  I, for one, am glad she wore it at the reveal and hope it does not change at all for the actual contest.  What all this negative commentary is all about, really, is anger that something so carefully buried and concealed – especially in Mexico – has been revealed to the light of day.  I find it particularly sad that a Catholic priest would be unequivocally opposed to this display.

I also would argue regarding Miss Universe as an “important international event.”  Please.  It’s all publicity and hype intended to make money for Donald Trump, nothing more.  Such contests are also immoral on several levels, not the least of which is the further objectification of women and the immodest clothing which is endemic to such contests, and always has been.  Even the costume above is immodest and inappropriate.

It is well past time for the history of this terrible persecution to be told and recognized.  For Greater Glory should really just be a beginning of a re-examination of the past and ongoing persecution of the Church in Mexico, where it was still illegal for priests to wear clerics in public up until just a few years ago.  There are many other onerous restrictions on the Church still in place.  And, of course, there is the issue of the reparations owed the Church due to the illegal confiscation of Church property, most of which wound up in the hands of high functionaries of the laughably named “Institutional Revolutionary Party” – PRI. 

For more, I strongly recommend Mexican Martyrdom by Fr. Wilfrid Parsons and The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.