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Fortnight for Freedom events at St. Mark June 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Ummm……the bishops effort to oppose Obama’s hideous, unconstitutional and anti-Catholic efforts to force the Church to pay for contraception has been framed as a “freedom” issue.  And, it is that, but it’s also much more about the intrinsic evil of contraception and the fact that our government, far from supporting the earthly reign of Christ our King, is actively working to undermine and destroy the earthly authority of the Church, both in a secular sense as well as religiously.  I sure wish this assault on the rights of the Church and the right order of government, supporting that reign of Christ, had been framed in those terms.  But I don’t get to make those decisions.

So, anyway, the bishops efforts to oppose this nightmare persecution are underway, framed as “Fortnight for Freedom.”  Here is the list of upcoming events in support of it at one parish, St. Mark in Plano:

Thursday, June 21
Patriotic Rosary, Hymns and Readings
7:00, St. Mark’s Chapel

Sunday, June 24
What It Means To Be a Catholic American
Understanding Our Call To Faithful Citizenship
Speaker, Becky Visosky
6:00, McGivney Hall, St. Mark’s Parish Center
Dinner provided

Monday, June 25

Rosary, sponsored by Spanish CHRP
7:00, St. Mark’s Chapel

Thursday, June 28
Rosary, sponsored by English CHRP
7:00, St. Mark’s Chapel

Friday, June 29
Rosary, sponsored by Our Lady of Schoenstatt
7:00, St. Mark’s Chapel

Friday, June 29
History of Religious Freedom
1776 and Forward
Speaker, St. Thomas More Society
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
6:15, McGivney Hall, St. Mark’s Parish Center
Dinner provided

Monday, July 2
Rosary after 7:00 p.m. Latin Mass
Sponsored by Homeschoolers

Wednesday, July 4
Patriotic Rosary
9:00 a.m., after the 8:30 Mass
St. Mark’s Chapel

I don’t know what a “patriotic rosary” is.  Becky Visosky, giving the talk on “understanding our call for faithful citizenship,” is with the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.

SSPX reaches end game? June 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Holy Father apparently returned the doctrinal preamble to Bishop Bernard Fellay today.  If Fellay agrees to this, a regularization will be approved and move forward.  Apparently, Bishop Fellay has several days to think about the Pope’s response to the final preamble, the final attempt to find an acceptable formulation to reconcile the Society’s, and the Holy Father’s, understanding of Vatican II.

Pope Benedict XVI has reached a decision on the reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), and the head of the traditionalist group will receive the Pope’s decision today, according to a leading Italian journalist.

Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa–who has been consistently on target in predicting Vatican developments during this pontificate—reports that the Pontiff has weighed the SSPX response to the “Doctrinal Preamble” that would form the basis for a canonical accord. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, was to hear the Pope’s decision today, at a meeting with Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The Rome-based news agency I Media confirmed that Bishop Fellay was in Rome on Wednesday, June 13. Bishop Fellay did meet with Cardinal Levada late in the day. The Vatican did not release a statement following the meeting.

Tornielli reports that at a meeting last Saturday, June 9, the Pope and Cardinal Levada discussed the Doctrinal Preamble and the SSPX response. The Pope then made his own reply to the SSPX response, the Italian journalist says.

“If Fellay, after having received the Vatican response, signs the doctrinal declaration, the agreement will be officially announced,” Tornielli writes. A spokesman for the SSPX said that Bishop Fellay would have several days to weigh the Pope’s position before making his own decision.

It will be very interesting to finally see this much discussed doctrinal preamble when it finally comes to light.  Apparently, the only version that will be made available will be the final, agreed to version, not any of the preceding ones.  That’s a bit unusual, normally, the Vatican operates a bit more openly in terms of doctrinal issues, but given the enemies of both Pope Benedict XVI and the Society in the Curia and other centers within the Church, it’s not surprising.  Still, having seen the previous versions could have provided great insight into just how much each side gave, and also, just how the faithful are to view Vatican II in all its myriad aspects.

And that’s the most important issue.  While increasing the unity of the Church is important, and critical to those affected, the primary issue at stake here is the right understanding of Vatican II and how it relates to all the Church believes, and has believed.   Personally, I would very much like to see Vatican II understood as one council of many, and not even the most important as it was so non-dogmatic.  But such a view may take decades to emerge.

In the meantime, many are praying.  I will be, too.

A paean for perpetual adoration of Jesus in the Tabernacle June 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.
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From St. Alphonsus Ligouri, The Complete Works, Volume VI of The Ascetical Works:

Behold the source of every good, Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, who says If any man thirst, let him come to me (Jn 7:37). Oh, what torrents of Grace have the Saints drawn from the fountain of the Most Blessed Sacrament! for there Jesus dispenses allthe merits of His Passion, as it was foretold by the Prophet: You shall draw waterw with joy out of the Savior’s fountains (Is 12:3). The Countess of Feria, that illustrious disciple of Venerable Father John d’ Avila [Now Saint John of Avila, soon to be Doctor of the Church] , afterwards a Poor Clare, and surnamed the spouse of the Most Blessed Sacrament from her long and frequent visits to It, on being asked how she employed the many hours thus passed in the presence of the Holy of Holies, answered: “I could remain there for all eternity. And is not there present the very essence of God, who will be the food of the blessed?  Good God! Am I asked what I do in His Presence? Why am I not rather asked, what is not done there? We love, we ask, we praise, we give thanks. We ask, what does a poor man do in the rpesence of one who is rich? What does a sick man do in the presence of his physician?  What does a man do who is parched with thirst in the presence of a clear fountain? What is theoccupation of one who is starving, and is placed before a splendid table?”

O my most amiable, most sweet, most beloved Jesus,  my life, my hope, my treasure, the only lvoe of my soul; oh, what has it cost Thee to remain thus with us in this Sacrament?! Thou hadst to die, that Thou mightest thus dwell amongst us on our altars; and then, how many insults hast Thou not had to endure in this Sacrament, in order to aid us by Thy presence! Thy love, and the desire which Thou hast to be loved by us, have conquered all.

Come then, O Lord! Come and take possession of my heart; close its doors forever, that henceforward no creature may enter there, to divide the love which is due to Thee, and which it is my ardent desire to bestow all on Thee. Do Thou alone, my dear Redeemer, rule me; do Thou alone possess my whole being; and if I ever do not obey Thee perfectly, chastise me with rigor, that thenceforward I may be more watchful to please Thee as Thou willest. Grant that I may no longer seek for any other pleasure than that of giving Thee pleasure; that all my pleasure may be to visit Thee often on Thy altar; to entertain myself with Thee, and to receive Thee in Holy Communion. Let all who will, seek other treasures; the only treasure that I love, the only one that I desire, is that of Thy love; for this only wil I ask at the foot of the altar.  Do Thou make me forget myself, that thus I may only remember Thy goodness. Ye blessed sreaphim, I envy you, not for your glory, but for the love which you bear to your and my God; oh, do you teach me what I must do to love him, and to please him!

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I would like to submit for consideration, that men at Mater Dei try to form a Eucharistic Adoration group.  Not Adoration in the Monstrance, in the Tabernacle.  In times past, groups of Catholic men would form into groups to constantly keep vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, 24 hours a day.  That may be a bit much for a start, we’d have to gage the interest and our many commitments, but perhaps we could watch for a few hours each day, and then try to build to a more comprehensive period?

I know I have some Mater Dei folks who read this blog.  What say y0u?

Non sequitir – parents may know this well – UPDATE! June 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, fun, silliness.
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If you have little children, and especially if you breastfeed, you might know this graphic very well.  I certainly do, as a certain almost 3 year old still finds his way into our bed almost every night.  It’s either that, or deal with a screaming 2 year old at 3 in the morning:

UPDATE:  I forgot to give credit where due, reader David R sent this to me.  I was just being my usual selfish self.