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Am I going to have to reevaluate Catholic News Service? July 9, 2012

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First they had a very sympathetic interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay and the Society, now this on the TLM with Cardinal Burke:

It certainly seems a shame, at this very early juncture, that Raymond Cardinal Burke was passed over for CDF by Archbishop Muller of Germany.  Muller just launched a broadside against the SSPX late last week.  With Muller at the CDF, it seems that Pope Benedict XVI has judged the talks with the SSPX over.  Or did he somehow miss that rather enormous facet of Muller’s beliefs (his, ah….profound lack of empathy towards the SSPX, which dates back years) in naming him Prefect?

Ay caramba!  The CDF headed by a man who perhaps said on accident protestants “fully” to the Communion of Christ and CNS embracing the TLM.  What a world.

A proper understanding of the loaves and fishes July 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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At Mass yesterday, the priest related in his sermon what he heard once, growing up, as an explanation for the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  He was told, at that time, that the “miracle” was that everyone shared what they had brought, and thus everyone had enough and there was even some left over!  The good priest yesterday stated this was a stupid, ridiculous explanation.  I would add that it is modernist and materialist to boot.

But how many of us have heard the same?  So what is the proper understanding, and why are there two different  miracles involving loaves and fishes in some Gospels but not in all?  Modernist exegetes claim that the reason for the repeated relation of the miracle of loaves and fishes is that the compilers of the Gospels, working from an “oral tradition” decades after the events took place, just compiled all the oral traditions and dumped them into the Gospels.  Why they would do this, and seemingly create confusion, isn’t readily explained, except that the writers of the Gospels, whoever they were (surely not Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as the inspired and inerrant Word of God states), were simple (read: stupid) men who thought they could “wow” their readers with more and more wild miracles.  In short, if they couldn’t dazzle them with brilliance, they would baffle them with BS.

You may think I am harsh, but that is really the very low esteem in which many modern bible “scholars” hold the Apostles – basically, flim-flam men, religious extremists who were whipping up a good narrative to try to sell their religious product to unsuspecting customers.

Yesterday’s Gospel was on Mark Chapter 8, verses 1-9.  This section of St. Mark recounts the second occurrence of Jesus feeding a multitude with a paltry amount of food.  At the beginning of the Gospel, it is stated the the people had been with Jesus 3 days and had not eaten.  It states they had nothing to eat.  So, right off the bat, those who claim the “real miracle” of the loaves and fishes was human generosity are calling Sacred Scripture, and, really, God, who inspired it, a liar.  But the key understanding for this discussion is to understand how, as especially the Gospel of St. John makes most clear, the miracle of loaves and fishes is actually a figure for the feeding of the body of Christ, meaning the members of the Church, with the literal Body of Christ, through the greatest miracle in the history of the universe, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  We, who approach him with nothing, are fed on the real manna from Heaven that gives eternal life.

But why do some Gospels have two instances of this miracle?  To understand that, we need to continue on in St. Mark, beyond verse 9, to verses 22-26.  There, Jesus cures a blind man by spitting on his eyes.  The first time Jesus “attempts” to heal him, he only sees partially.  After the second try, he finally sees clearly.  Now, are we to understand that the Lord and Creator of the Universe, Who worked all manner of miracles effortlessly, really had to “try” twice to heal this man?  The answer, of course, is no?  So then, why did Jesus heal this man in this way.  Well, if we go back to the section of Mark Chapter 8 between the loaves and fishes (verses 1-9), and the blind man segment (verses 22-26), we find that Jesus chastises His disciples for their lack of understanding of the miracles He has worked.  Indeed, at this point in his relation with the disciples, they just weren’t getting it.   Jesus reminds them of how He had fed five thousand with five loaves, and four thousand with seven loaves, and the excess they took up in both cases.  And yet still they do not understand that He is the Son of God sent not to bring earthly power and glory to Israel, but for the salvation of men’s souls through His Perfect Sacrifice.

That is why the excerpt about having to “try” twice to heal the blind man is where it is in St. Mark.  It is showing that Jesus worked these miracles twice  in order for the disciples to understand Who He was and what He was doing.  It is right after this healing of the blind man that Jesus asks, in St. Mark’s Gospel, “whom do men say that I am?”  (Mark 8:27).  Now that Jesus has not only shown them all these miracles once, but then gone back and done them again, he now asks if they understand who He is.  And that is when St. Peter finally gets it, and states that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

If you read St. Mark from chapter 6 verse 30 to chapter 8 verse 30, you can see this entire “lather rinse repeat” cycle play out.  Jesus feeds 5000 with five loaves, heals a possessed girl and a deaf and dumb man, and His disciples say “he has done all things well.”  Well?  Just “well?”  How about awesome, amazing, unheard of, never seen before, etc?  So, due to their lack of understanding, Jesus has to repeat the process,  feeding seven thousand, and then showing them their unbelief through his “attempted” healing and then final healing of the blind man.  After that, they finally get it.

We must also remember the words Christ closes Mark Chapter 8 with:

And calling  together the multitude with His disciples, He said to them: “If any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, and for the Gospel, will save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father and the holy Angels.

Humanity never changes.  Those words have at least as much, if not more, relevance today. I weep and pray for the many – the vast majority – of Catholics who reject what the Church believes, who decide for themselves what aspects of the Faith to accept, or not.  In another place, Jesus says “If you love me, keep  my commandments.”  Jesus established His Church so that we would know what those commandments were, and how to apply them in our lives.  But so few of us do so.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Here are some past posts on this topic that demonstrate other problems with the modernist reinterpretation of this key biblical miracle.

Latin Mass tonight @ St. Mark July 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, priests.
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Same bat-time, same bat-parish.  You should go!  We had a big crowd last week!

Take my advice, y sentarse a la izquierda!  Entiende?

Pray the Way of the Cross for the souls in Purgatory July 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
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Praying for the souls in Purgatory is one of the greatest spiritual works of mercy we can perform.  Here is another article sent by MJD which advocates making July, the month of the Precious Blood, a month of prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  You can pray the Way, or Stations, of the Cross, or perhaps some other devotion (such as praying extra Rosaries for 33 days for the Holy Souls).   Unfortunately, we don’t hear enough about the Holy Souls suffering in Purgatory – we really should be cognizant of them every day, and pray for them!  For many of us, it will be our fate to spend time in Purgatory.  If we have helped release others from their sufferings, we may be assured they shall pray for us when our soul departs our body.

Some more, again from MJD:

Alongside the Mass and Holy Rosary, the Way of the Cross is most powerful and at the same time an easily available means of helping the souls in purgatory and acquiring merit for ourselves. Nothing is more pleasing to Our Lord than devout meditation on His bitter sufferings. 

Our Lord allegedly told Venerable Sister Mary Martha Chambon, “When you offer my holy wounds for sinners, you must not forget to do so for the souls in purgatory, as there are but few who think of their relief.”

The summer months are a time to relax, vacation, and travel. Unfortunately, for the souls languishing in purgatory, there is never time off. They suffer day and night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! We tend to forget our holy heroes when they need us most desperately.  What an ideal time to help them and ourselves. 

The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The souls long for the Precious Blood of Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that “as the dew refreshes and raises up the withering plants and flowers, so does the Blood of Christ revive and comfort and bring renewed hope to the poor souls in purgatory.”   

An ancient devotion and an efficacious means of obtaining favors from Heaven is to assist at Holy Mass and pray the Way of the Cross for the holy souls in purgatory for 33 consecutive days in honor of Our Lord’s 33 years on earth. What a marvelous summer devotion in July for the Holy Souls! And in a special way we can offer this practice for the priests and consecrated in purgatory. This Year of the Eucharist is an awesome time to assist them since they brought us the Eucharist day after day.

I know this devotion is potent since I have done it for the past three years. Many favors have been obtained by this means that were not received through the intercession of the Saints. The Holy Souls are extremely powerful especially when you release God’s priests and religious!

The month of August is devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Devotion to Mary Most Holy is a sign of predestination and a most effective means of avoiding purgatory and those souls we help.  Pray the Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

It is written that at the time of Mary’s Assumption, all of purgatory was emptied, and the souls detained there accompanied her in her triumphant entry into Heaven. St. Bernardine of Siena also states that through her prayers and the application of her own merits, the Virgin has the power of freeing souls, especially her devotees, from purgatory. St. Peter Damian attests that every year on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15), the Virgin liberates thousands of souls. What a “Summer Bargain” indeed!   

 

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel July 16 July 9, 2012

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Thanks to MJD for sending this!  Another bit in a moment.

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Monday, July 16

Here are prayers, litanies. Choose one or a combination. Please do NOT forget the Holy Souls in Purgatory, see article.

(1) PETITION PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL)
Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity, Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (say three times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (say three times). Amen.
read Thanksgivings: http://devotionstoourladyofmtcarmel.blogspot.com/2008/09/prayer-should-be-said-devoutly-for.html

 

(2) LITANY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

For private recitation.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

BEFORE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SALUTATIONS SAY:
“Our Lady of Mount Carmel,”
AND AFTERWARDS: “Pray for us Sinners.”

Queen of Heaven,
Victorious over Satan,
Most Obedient Daughter,
Most Pure Virgin,
Devoted Spouse,
Mother Most Tender,
Model of Perfect Virtue,
Sure Anchor of Hope,
Refuge in Sorrow,
Dispensatrix of the Gifts of God,
Bastion Against Our Enemies,
Our Aid in Danger,
The Way Leading to Jesus,
Our Light in Darkness,
Our Consolation at the Hour of Death,
Advocate of the Most Abandoned Sinners,
For the Hardened in Vice,
For Those who Offend Thy Divine Son,
For Those Who Neglect to Pray,
For Those Who are in Agony,
For Those Who Defer Their Conversion,
For Those Suffering in Purgatory,
For Those Who Do Not Know Thee.

Let Us Pray:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, glorious Queen of Angels, channel of God’s tenderest mercy to man, refuge and advocate of sinners, with confidence I prostrate myself before thee, beseeching thee to obtain for me [Mention request silently]. In return I solemnly promise to have recourse to thee in all my trials, sufferings and temptations, and I shall do all in my power to induce others to love and reverence thee and to invoke thee in all their needs. I thank thee for the numberless blessings which I have received from thy mercy and powerful intercession. Continue to be my shield in danger, my guide in life, and my consolation at the hour of death. Amen.
click here for other litany: INTERCESSORY LITANY FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS

 

(3)  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
O Most blessed and Immaculate Virgin, Ornament and Splendour of Carmel, we beseech thee to have mercy and compassion upon the poor souls in Purgatory, especially on the soul (name). Thou hast promised St Simon Stock to extend a special protection to those who die wearing the Brown Scapular and to bring them as soon as possible to thy heavenly home. Graciously hear the prayers which we pour forth for them and grant that they may soon be worthy of the promises of Thy Divine Son. Show thyself a Mother to them and bring them to dwell with thee and all the Saints of Carmel for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Carmel, intercede for them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Latin Mass in the Dallas Diocese July 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, persecution, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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I have gotten several questions from commenters lately asking about Latin Mass in the Dallas Diocese.  One commenter recently asked if there was any Novus OrdoMass that was offered Ad Orientem.  The answer to that question is no, there is not a single Mass outside the TLM in this Diocese of Dallas that is offered Ad Orientem/Versus Deum, with the offering priest facing the Lord.  Although, I am aware that some priests might do so in their private Masses.

There are five ongoing locales for Latin Mass, the language the 2nd Vatican Council envisioned would remain as the prime liturgical language.  Those locales are:

  • Mater Dei parish in Irving, the FSSP-administered TLM parish
  • St. William in Greenville, which offers partial and full Novus Ordo Latin Mass on Sunday and most Holy Days
  • St. Mark in Plano, which has Novus Ordo Latin on most Monday nights
  • Carmelite Chapel has Traditional Latin Mass on First Fridays and occasionally Novus Ordo on other dates
  • White Rose Women’s Center: There is a monthly TLM on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the chapel at the original White Rose on US75, and NO Latin or partial Latin Masses offered on most all Thursdays at about 1:45.

That’s it.  That is the sum total of the possibilities for Latin Mass for the ostensibly million plus souls who reside in the Diocese.  As such, there is less availability than some other dioceses, but probably more than most.  You sort of have to get into the Latin Mass groove to know about alot of these things.  I continue to be amazed by how few people in the Diocese know that Mater Dei – or St. William, for that matter – exist.  That is somewhat by design.

Why isn’t there any Ad Orientem Mass?  That is a very good question.  As far as the answer – I know that there are priests who would like to offer Mass facing the Lord, but for some reason they have not done so.  I have gotten the impression there is some effort to dissuade them from doing so.  I do not know for certain where that dissuasion may be coming from, but you could probably guess.

One final note.  There are a number of “Latin Mass directory” websites that have not been updated in years.  They still show TLMs being offered at St. Thomas Aquinas or Christ the King, even (that was a loooong time ago).  Ignore those.  There is no TLM anymore outside what is listed above.

At least, that’s the complete list to the best of my knowledge.  I understand there may be one more NO Latin Mass in the Diocese if there is sufficient interest.  It would be in a totally different area than all the current ones.