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Corpus Christi in the Vendee Anno Domini 1960 June 11, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, persecution, priests, religious, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Vendee was the region of France that most consistently upheld the Faith and opposed the horrific, even satanic French Revolution.  That faith was still vibrant in the year of Our lord 1960, when this film was made:

Today, some figures in the chanceries of the Vendee are horrified that Bishop Alain Castet ordained several FSSP priests to the diaconate.  They speak of the “integrists,” those who hold to a traditional belief in the Faith, with the greatest possible disdain. I pray that disdain does not represent the faith of the majority of that region of France which has traditionally been so loyal to our Holy Mother the Church.

 

St. Mary parish Ellis, Kansas June 11, 2012

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In the latter half of the 19th century, Germans who had already left their native land for the steppes of Russia, tired of being persecuted by the various Tsars and aristocrats of Russia, decided to give the steppes of the Great Plains a try.  They liked it.  They put down roots. They prospered.  Being overwhelmingly Catholic, one of the first things they did was build a church.  Then, they typically built another, better one.  Since this was bigtime mission territory, they were served by religious, in particular, Capuchins.  The churches that were built were glorious.  They have largely escaped the modernizing wreckovations visited on so many other churches, perhaps due to their rural locations.  We stopped in at St. Mary’s in Ellis, Kansas, for Mass on Sunday, as the only TLM was 2 1/2 hours away and pretty well out of our way home.  I’m glad we did. 

The liturgy was Novus Ordo, of course.  The music was largely the same exhausted folk guitar music that seems to be more deeply ingrained in country parishes than in many city ones now.  “I am the bread of life” was the opening hymn.  But, the sermon on Corpus Christi was good and really hammered on the Real Presence.  The priest, a Fr. Richard Daise was extremely welcoming to us after Mass.  There was an altar girl but she, and the two boys, were observant, interested, and well trained.  There weren’t umpteen EMHCs, even though there was a very large crowd.  Given that the town of Ellis is only about 2000 souls and there were probably 5-600 at Mass, either the entire town is Catholic (possible) or they get very high Mass attendance (probable).   But, really, the Mass was pretty fair and the building…well, except for some relatively minor renovations made after the council, it’s stunning:

There were a few points about the architecture that were a bit wacky, surely a product of early 70’s excess.  There was a double step up to the post-VII altar, and then 3 steps up to the original High Altar.  I’m not sure how they did that.  There was a choir area off to the right in front of the Sacred Heart side altar, but it was thankfully unused.  The folk group/choir (in fairness, there was organ music, of which, more please) was in the loft, which still remained.  The communion rail, or most of it, had been removed.  The little bits left, however, were still used, with the EMHCs who offered the Precious Blood standing behind the remnants.  With regard to the new altar, at least it was substantial, appearing of marble or some kind of polished stone, not a flimsy four legged affair in wood or pseudo-wood as is often the case.  There had been a refurbishing of many of the painted scenes recently, and it was well executed. 

Fr. Daise was an extremely nice, open man.  He really welcomed us.  I got the impression he’s trying to move things in the direction or example of Pope Benedict XVI, but that could be my projection of my desires onto him.  Not sure.  Given what I know of the area and Diocese, he has a fair amount to struggle with. 

There are parishes like this all over north central Kansas, centered on the Hays area.  Not tons, but a number – perhaps a dozen or so.  We’ve been to 3.  I am amazed at the love and sacrifice that these poor, tiny communities of farmers put into their churches.  I think it’s glorious.  I wish we modern Catholics would love our Church as much as they so evidently did.  But, then again, I think many of the changes in the Church in the last 50  years work against that kind of truly deep, sacrificial faith.  

I know west central Kansas is not exactly a destination, but if you’re ever there of passing through, check out the churches in towns like Victoria, Walker, Ellis, etc.  Search masstimes.org centered on Hays, and follow links.  You’ll find a number of truly beautiful churches.

It would be wonderful to assist at a TLM at a parish like St. Mary’s.

Farming Fantasies Fulfilled June 11, 2012

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I was hoping to drive a combine at some point.  That had been the dream.  Having been inside an operating combine, that may have to wait, because there’s a fair amount to it.  But, I got to ride in one.   Until it broke.  They are awesome machines.  Amazing capabilities.  Watching it chomp through dense 55-60 bu/acre wheat was fascinating.  Thanks to Brock and Ken Johnson for the ride!

That’s what 60 bu/ac wheat looks like

 

I have some videos I’ll try to upload later. Riding in the combine was a hoot.  When the header broke, I felt bad, because I had been asking the driver about something on his video monitor and he was looking up at it. I didn’t know if I had made him run over something or what.  But, it turns out that wasn’t the case, it was just an equipment failure.  We had to leave to go pick up 760 lbs of beef to haul back here, so I didn’t get to see them get the combine fixed again. I hope they did, that wheat was ready to be cut.

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark June 11, 2012

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The Requiem Mass last week was very nice.  Unfortunately, I was very sick, and didn’t get to enjoy or assist as I would have liked.  Now, I’m much better.  Tonight’s Mass is a “regular” Novus Ordo Latin Mass @ 7pm.

I pray I see you there!

You knew it had to come….bestiality “next gay rights movement” June 11, 2012

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This is what comes from a culture utterly detached from a transcendent morality and the natural law.  Literally, anything goes.  Whatever makes ME feel good, is not only OK, but so wonderful that YOU have to accept it.  Not only accept it, but you daren’t say anything the least bit condemnatory (after all, making people feel bad about their actions – no matter how immoral –  is the only sin accepted by the modern sexular pagans), lest you face legal repercussions.  Furthermore, we’re going to engage in a propaganda campaign, aided immensely by the depraved in the self-anointed elites, that will dictate that not only is this perversion acceptable, you have to recognize it as good and even holy.  Thus, our modern, pagan, anti-Christian culture:

During his sophomore year in high school, Cody Beck finally got fed up with hearing homophobic cracks. If his classmates thought being gay was weird (Beck was openly bisexual), he had a confession that would blow their minds. He told them he is sexually attracted to dogs and horses.

“I just couldn’t keep it in anymore,” Beck says. “Just for the hell of it, I figured I’d throw it out there and have them make fun of me even more.” Which they did. An 18-year-old from Arizona who graduated from high school this past year, Beck says classmates taunted him by calling him “Bestiality Dude.”

Being a “zoophile” in modern American society, Beck says, is “like being gay in the 1950s. You feel like you have to hide, that if you say it out loud, people will look at you like a freak.”

Now Beck believes he and other members of this minority sexual orientation, who often call themselves “zoos,” can follow the same path as the gay rights movement. Most researchers believe 2 to 8 percent of the population harbors forbidden desires toward animals, and Beck hopes this minority group can begin appealing to the open-minded for acceptance.

Of for crying out loud.  2 to 8%  There is the attempt at normalization – see, this isn’t some bizaare fringe activity of those who are utterly depraved, it’s a “normal” desire experienced by a not-negligible portion of the population.  The article at the link is agonizingly long -6 pages! – and is extremely sympathetic to the bestiality freaks.  For that is what they are.  Having a desire to copulate with an animal is not normal.  Do we really have to say that?  Do we have to come up with lengthy arguments to substantiate that this is totally, completely wrong? 

One example of this “animal love” the article cites is the case of a man who enjoyed abusing goats and then strangling them.  He even abducted a goat from an area rancher to further his perversion.  Thus, ranchers have incurred a loss from his acts.  But that is just an aside.  One researcher quoted in the article – whose work the “journalist” quickly tried to set aside – pointed out that there is no stronger indicator of a tendency to commit violent crimes than bestiality.  Of course there is a strong correlation – one so sick and demented as to want to cruelly use animals for the satisfaction of his dark lusts is so totally detached from morality as to commit any act, no matter how wanton.

Ther connections of this movement to the so-called gay rights movement are obvious.  The gay rights movement is the trendsetter for all manner of immorality to seek the approval of the culture.  We have already seen efforts underway to “normalize” child sex abuse, also modeled on the way the gay rights movement has so successfully and radically changed people’s thinking with regard to their activities and desires.  It’s amazing, in a terrifying, depressing way.

Again, this all comes back to the culture’s increasing rejection of, and hostility towards, the moral framework of Christianity that created and sustained it.  Those militant atheists and others who dream of a day when the Church is dead and Christianity long forgotten like to imagine that day as a time of great enlightened thinking and wonderful, humanist morality.  They are, as on so many fronts, totally wrong.  Detached from a transcendent morality, humanity will revert to its pre-Christian mores, or lack thereof.  A time of violence, cruelty, will to power, neglect and abuse of the weak and vulnerable, and total self-interest.  It will be, in short, a nightmare existence, made the more so by the power technology gives to each individual to exert his will over others.   There will be no end to the horror.

God, have mercy on us.  This whole culture needs an exorcism.

Novena for those with addictions June 11, 2012

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Most folks that are addicts have more than one.  Venerable Matt Talbot was an Irish alkie who became sober and a great, faithful Catholic through prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and much devotion to our lady.  His intercession has been powerful for addicts. His feast day is June 19 – so start Novena today to finish on feast day.  All the below kindly sent my MJD:

 

Short prayer to say for nine days:

May Matt Talbot’s triumph over addiction, brings hope to our community and strength to our hearts, may he intercede for …name… who struggles with his/her addiction, through Christ Our Lord. Amen

 

Longer novena – say for nine days – PRAYER FOR THE ADDICTED

God of mercy, we bless You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give Your strength to Name the person or people who have addictions Your servant(s), bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her  in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God’s children. Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

for his beatification:

“Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament. May his life of prayer and penance give us courage to take up our crosses and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Father, if it be your will that your beloved servant should be glorified by your Church, make known by your heavenly favours the power he enjoys in your sight. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen