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Start Novena to Precious Blood today June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Novenas, Tradition, Virtue.
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By the Voice of your Blood, O Jesus,
I would press you, solicit you, importune you.
Though you seem to reject my supplications
I will not leave your bleeding feet until you hear me.
Too many graces, too many mercies
flow from your Blood for me not to hope in its efficacy.

Then, O Jesus, 
by the Precious Blood
seven times shed for the welfare of all,
by each drop of that sacred price of our redemption,
by the tears of your immaculate mother, 
I imploe you,
hear my earnest prayer.

 (here specify your request)

O Jesus, during all the days of your mortal life 
you consoled so many sufferers, 
healed so many infirmities, 
raised so often a sinking courage, 
you will not fail to have pity 
on one who cries to you from the depths of anguish.  
Oh!  No, it is impossible.
Another profound sigh from my heart, 
and from the wound in your own 
there will flow to me upon a wave 
of your merciful Blood the grace so ardently desired.  
O Jesus, Jesus, 
hasten the moment when you will change my tears into joy, 
my sighs into thanksgiving.

Holy Mary, 
source of the divine Blood, 
I implore you not to lose this occasion 
of glorifying the Blood which made you immaculate.

Amen.

Holy Father – continue liturgical renewal June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Papa, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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Via Ars Orandi, some comments by the Holy Father regarding liturgical renewal since the Second Vatican Council:

At the conclusion of the 50th Eucharistic Congress in Ireland, Pope Benedict urged ongoing liturgical renewal – as outlined by the Second Vatican Council – amid current misunderstandings and abuses.

At our distance today from the Council Fathers’ expressed desires regarding liturgical renewal, and in the light of the universal Church’s experience in the intervening period, it is clear that a great deal has been achieved; but it is equally clear that there have been many misunderstandings and irregularities,” he said in a video message to over 75,000 pilgrims in Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium on June 17. [Perhaps the Holy Father felt he had to make some positive statement regarding the state of the Liturgy since the Council, for political purposes.  I’m not sure that is advisable, if that is the case.  I am not certain what concrete examples the Holy Father would give that would demonstrate what has been achieved.  Statistically, things are bleak: 2/3 or more of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence, the vast majority have no conception of the Mass as Sacrifice, Mass attendance has fallen dramatically, “active participation” has been gravely misinterpreted, and in many locales the Mass has much more in common with protestant services than with the Mass of All Ages.  I am not unclear as to what the Holy Father intended by his statement.  The part about abuses goes without saying.]

Not infrequently,” he added, “the revision of liturgical forms has remained at an external level, and ‘active participation’ has been confused with external activity. Hence much still remains to be done on the path of real liturgical renewal.” [That is of course correct.  But, is there something in the “reforms” themselves that lends towards this erroneous interpretation and the inordinate focus on external acts vice true interior participation?]

Although the liturgy should be “celebrated with great joy and simplicity,” it should also be conducted “as worthily and reverently as possible,” he said. [Simplicity…….does that mean that the Liturgy prior to the Council was excessively complex?  I think it’s the simplest thing in the world.]

In his eight and a half minute address, the Pope explained that the Council Fathers had wanted to renew the external forms of the Mass so as to “make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery,” and therefore “lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist.” [Again……is this what has happened?  Do the faithful today experience this “encounter?”  1/3 of Catholics don’t even believe in the Resurrection.  Why is belief so poor and so totally wrong, and why is the collapse so universal.  I’m not Church history expert, but my reading leads me to believe that the collapse in personal faith is the greatest the Church has ever experienced.  I am reminded of the statement…… do not meddle in the affairs of dragons…..]

………..Touching upon the troubled recent history of the Church in Ireland, the Pope said the “mystery” as to why some clerics would abuse those in their care can perhaps be explained by the fact that “their Christianity was no longer nourished by joyful encounter with Jesus Christ: it had become merely a matter of habit.” [Or, they never had a true vocation and entered the priesthood due to an environment they perceived as being friendly to their predilections?]

This was precisely the attitude, he said, that the Council had wanted to overcome so as to “rediscover the faith as a deep personal friendship with the goodness of Jesus Christ.”

I’m really not sure about those last two statements.  There is a connection there between the abuse and the pre-Vatican II Church that I think is unwarranted.   The worst and most prolific abuse occurred in the 70s and 80s, even if it did get fired up in a serious way in the late 50s.  Perhaps there is some truth there.  I am not comfortable with the picture drawn, however…..the Faith, mechanical as it may have been in some quarters, was generally much more vibrantly practiced than it is today.  It all gets back to that “razing the bastions” mentality……

Prayer for the Holy Father on our behalf should be constant.

General Mills announces support for gays simulating marriage…… June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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….. and the state recognition thereof.  I never cared for Cheerios, anyway, and the Malt O’Meal cereals in a bag are way cheaper:

Minnesota-based food giant General Mills has publicly come out in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

Currently same-sex “marriage” is against the law in Minnesota. However, in November, Minnesotans will vote on the amendment which would insert the true definition of marriage in the state constitution, making it much more difficult to introduce gay “marriage” in the future.

According to a post put up Thursday, June 14 on the General Mills company blog by Ken Charles, vice president of global diversity and inclusion, “General Mills CEO Ken Powell on Wednesday addressed 400 local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professionals and announced that the company opposes the amendment.”

“While General Mills doesn’t normally take positions on ballot measures, this is a business issue that impacts our employees,” [Please…….so, only this ballot measure affects your employees?  What about ballot measures to raise taxes?  Change gun ownership laws?  Whatever?  What a crock] Charles said in his post. “I am proud to see our company join the ranks of local and national employers speaking out for inclusion. We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy – and as a Minnesota-based company, we oppose it.”

“Obviously, there are strongly held views on both sides,” Charles said. “We acknowledge those views, including those on religious grounds. We respect and defend the right of others to disagree. But we truly value diversity and inclusion—and that makes our choice clear. General Mills’ mission is Nourishing Lives. Not just some. But all.”

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a major advocate for the marriage amendment, blasted the General Mills Corporation for effectively declaring a “war on marriage” with its own customers.

“Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children,” said Brown.

I did sort of like WheatChex, though.  Oh, well……..I can do without.  Good bye, General Mills.

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Mexican Catholic folk art June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, Tradition.
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I’ve developed an interest over the past month or so in Mexican Catholic folk art, especially that dating from the 19th century.  There are several kinds of folk art that are most well known – nichos, which are little niches for pictures of Saints or statuary, crucifixes, etc, and retablos, which were color paintings on tin.  There are a number of dealers around, but, apparently, these are “hot” item for secular collectors so finding them for the faithful Catholic home can be expensive.  There are also some newly made ones of varying quality that are either just plain new in appearance, or given a fake antique appearance.  Those are cheaper, but, the quality on some is rather questionable.  Anyway, some examples.

Nichos:

That is actually sort of a nicho/retablo combo.

This is a pretty high quality retablo:

To give you an idea of the price, this California dealer wants $1250 for the above!

There are also similar art works called ex-votos which were generally somewhat amateurish paintings, also usually on tin, commissioned by people in thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother or Jesus or some Saint for getting them out of some kind of trouble, or answering some particular prayer:

I don’t think the above scene needs much explanation.  It dates from the Mexican revolution, when persecution was rampant, already, even before the Cristero war, proper.

 

Maybe one of my readers could help set me up with a Mexican source where I could buy these without the markup!  If I could get some really nice art that was sufficiently large, I’d donate it to a church.  If not, it will go in our prayer corner.  Don’t nobody touch that first one, it’s mine!

The sad thing is, as I said, these are largely winding up in the hands of sexular collectors and not in the homes or parishes of faithful Catholics.  I would like to see that change.  It is likely that a good deal of this Mexican Catholic folk art was ripped out of churches and homes during the Cristiada – especially some of the fine art I’ve seen at certain collector sites that is plainly from a parish (paintings 5′ x 6′, etc).  That forms my desire to see such beautiful art returned to parish life, like the 18th century painting below:

 

Last night at Adoration June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Tradition, Virtue.
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There isn’t terribly frequent Adoration at Mater Dei, which I am beginning to understand more and more, since Jesus is always in the tabernacle, Adoration in the monstrance can lead to a sort of formalism where people think ONLY the Sacrament in the monstrance is Jesus.  Anyway, I caught a nice scene with my crummy cell phone camera and the Sacred Heart:

They have the loveliest monstrance there.  And, if you’re going to do Adoration, why not do it right and fire up about 20 candles?