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St. Peter Julian Eymard on the need to pray for priests October 9, 2012

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I love St. Peter Julian Eymard.  A severe looking guy, probably from years of strict fasting, but full of great wisdom.  Like what to pray for.  From Volume 1 of the Eymard Library, The Real Presence:

Now, Jesus  prays His Father to bless, defend, and exalt His Church so that She may make Him better known, loved, and served by all men. Pray earnestly for Holy Mother Church, so sorely tried and persecuted in the person of the Vicar of Jesus Christ.  Ask God to deliver him from his enemies who are his own children, to touch and convert them and bring them back in humility and repentance to the feet of Divine Mercy and Justice[Surely the Holy Father needs very many such prayers today] Jesus prays continually for all the members of His priesthood that they may be filled with His Holy Spirit and His virtues; that they may burn with zeal for his glory and be entirely devoted to the salvation of the souls He redeemed at the price of His Blood and life.

Pray for your Bishop that God may keep him, bless all the desires of his zeal, and console him. [Things were different 150 years ago, in France.  But not so different – it is even more necessary today to pray for holy, saintly bishops] Pray for your Pastor that God may grant him all the graces he needs for the good direction and sanctification of the flock entrusted to his solicitude and conscientious care. Pray God to send His Church numerous and holy priests; a holy priest is heaven’s greatest gift, for He can be the salvation of a whole country. Pray for all the religious orders that they may be faithful to the graces of their evangelical vocation, and that everyone whom God destines to the religious life may have the courage and generosity to answer the divine call and persevere. A saint keeps watch over his country and obtains its salvation. His prayers and virtues are more powerful than all the armies in the world.

Pray God to give the grace of fervor and perseverance to the pious souls who dedicate themselves to His service in the world and are therein like the religious of His Love. They are in greater need of help, for they have more dangers and sacrifices to put up with. [that’s you, and me, and most of us.  It is very scary out here in the world, but God is stronger than all by far]

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I try to pray all the above intentions every day, with some variations of my own.  If we think we need better bishops and priests, then we must pray for them.  That is our duty as laymen.  Out in El Paso, they have taken this duty very seriously for at least the past year+.  We shall soon see, I will wager, the results of that effort.

On the radio tonight! October 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, Saints.
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I’m no Fidelis Radio tonight at 9pm CDT. You can listen live right here, or any time after the fact at the same link.

The main topic tonight is Saints, spiritual warfare, and the interior life.  Some little pearls of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way.  I pray they will be useful for you.  If you haven’t listened already, go here to listen to my interview with Steve Kellmeyer on islam from last Saturday night.  I thought that was a good show, and the interview with Fr. Rodriguez on Thursday was fantastic.  Fr. Rodriguez – I have enormous respect for him.

Don’t forget to call-in!  I am eager to have local listeners call in with comments or gratuitous insults, anything, I’m desperate, I crave your love, your attention!



Numerous relics for veneration at St. Mark in Plano All Saints Day October 9, 2012

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All Saints Day, Nov. 1, at St. Mark in Plano will feature numerous relics for veneration.  These include:

St. Faustina, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Charbel the Wonderworker, St. Norbert, St. Illuminatius, St. Vericundius, St. John the Baptist, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Matthew, Apostle, St James the Greater, Apostle; St. Paul [wow, those are some major relics!], Pope St. Pius X, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Martin de Porres, St. John Vianney, St. Maria Goretti, St. Iraneus, and a few lesser known saints in the Main Sanctuary from the Vigil until late evening on All Saints.

I don’t have all the Mass times for Holy Day, you’ll have to check the bulletin at St. Mark in a few weeks.

But I think it very laudable to have so many Saint’s relics for veneration on this great Feast Day!  Ask for their help!  I shall try to stop by and do some veneration of my own!

A giant honkin’ bone of St. Peter. Not implying they will have this!

Priest – Yoga always an invitation to evil October 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness, Spiritual Warfare.
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From an alert reader.  I know nothing of this priest, but I think he offers good advice. Here is the link.


At this time of the year when we speak so much about angels and spiritual warfare, there are questions pertaining to unorthodox — but to many, harmless — practices like yoga, which is even advertised, at times, in parish bulletins (along with Catholics retreat houses) as a means of meditation and relaxation, or even exercise. [Indeed, several parishes in the Dallas area offer yoga, in addition to other new age practices]

The argument: while Eastern mysticism, which is the basis for yogic exercise, is contrary to our faith (a form of pantheism), the physical part of yoga — minus the mantras and chants and gods and goddesses — is no problem. What’s wrong with the stretching and deep, slow breathing? [but many yoga practitioners do engage in chanting, often without knowing what they are, in effect, praying]

A priest who specializes in deliverance and healing the family tree argues otherwise.

This is Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula of Uganda (and now the Washington, D.C. area), who points out that while many are now using yoga as an exercise like aerobics or a means to relieve tension, it has deep spiritual undertones that cannot be avoided by those who believe they have taken the physical aspect of it — the discipline, the twisting, the relaxation techniques and even trance-like state — away from the mystical ones.

“Yoga is one whole thing, it’s one ‘package,’ just like I am one package,” argues the priest. “The split of exercises from their spiritual load is a good analysis in the mind, but it’s not a concrete reality out there. You did not invent yoga, so you can’t split it or put it together as you like. You cannot separate the rituals of Santeria from what they mean and say. For example, have you ever thought of that — doing the rituals of Santeria without its spiritual components? If you can’t do it with Santeria, how should you do it with Yoga?” [Terribly, 2012 Triple Crown winner in baseball Miguel Cabrera is a, ahem, Catholic, who also practices santeria, which is a form of demon worship, just like the death cult “santa muerte” that is becoming so popular in Mexico and with Hispanics in the US]

Notice how Father Yozefu capitalizes the “Y” in “Yoga,” as we capitalize a religion.

He also warns that if a therapist is involved in an esoteric belief system such as the New Age, one should avoid that therapist even though occult-like practices may not be part of the specific treatment. The energy carries over, writes Father Yozefu.

But back to yoga (for our discernment). Adds this priest (in The Healing of Families): “What would you think of a Muslim who comes every day to prostrate himself before the Blessed Sacrament in your church — but who says out loud that he is not a Christian and he doesn’t really care for whatever is in that ‘box’ over there? Can you imagine the children of Israel telling God, ‘No, God, we are only bowing and prostrating ourselves before these statues of Baal just for the stretches it does to our backs and biceps and leg muscles. We don’t really care about about those statues in front of them, it’s not for them!

“Do you think God would buy that?” Father Yozefu asks.

“It could be true that they don’t really care about those statues in front of them, but then how would one distinguish between the movements of one who cares for the statues and the movements of one who doesn’t care for the statues, if all are exactly the same movements? Simple spiritual warfare of the saints will tell you that when the enemy wants to attack, he normally begins by twisting things in our minds, such that he can have our consent, because we must give our consent in one way or another — including not conscious consent — in order that he gets to do whatever he wants to do in our lives.”

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Yoga, like all forms of “new age,” is a very dangerous practice, spiritually.  Even the various body positions assumed in yoga are a form of prayer – like a Catholic genuflecting before the Blessed Sacrament.  All new age practices are extremely dangerous and should be totally avoided by all Catholics.  Unfortunately, such is the state of the Church today that numerous parishes – like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Prince of Peace in Plano – offer this baleful practice.  This absolutely should not be, and is a tremendous scandal.  I would even go so far as to leave a parish that permits such a practice, because even if one does not take part, the presence of the new age could invite all manner of dark influences into the parish whose effect cannot be easily discerned.  I would be very wary, at any rate.