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Habemus Papam! March 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Papa, sanctity, Society, true leadership.
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We have a Pope. Awaiting the announcement on who it is right now, but I am guessing Scola.

I’ll be updating this post to try to liveblog the announcement.  I feel a weight off my shoulders already. You can watch the announcement live on FoxNews and other places.

The light is on in the Papal apartment. It’s getting closer!

Please, Lord, let it be:


I had never noticed the shell-shaped stairs at the front of St. Peter’s before!

Here it is!  The announcement!

AAAHHHH!  The connection dropped out right when the name was said!  Who was it?!?

It’s Bergoglio!  Whoa.  Shocker!  He took the name Francis I.  I know very little.

He is the first non-European Pope in at least about 1600 years, and the first from the Americas. Boy, Latin America needs A LOT of attention because the Faith is in free fall there, this is interesting.  He looks a little like Pius XII!  God bless him!  How wonderful!  How stupid we all are, you know!  Scola and Americans and all that, how funny.  Thank you, Lord!

I think it gerat he chose his own name!  I can’t believe there is no sound on EWTN! Grrr!


He is 76, though. I guess “young” is a relative term!  And as far as dealing with the problems in the Curia, I guess we’ll see.  Still, there is time for that, later. For now, we have a Pope!

And thanks to Kevin for the additional biographical information.  There is some on Wikipedia, he seems pretty orthodox – they had his name updated and some bio added within 30 seconds of the announcement!

Rorate Caeli is reporting that the new Pope Francis I was rather hostile to the traditional Mass in Buenos Aires.  Apparently, as Cardinal Bergoglio, he finished 2nd in the 2005 Conclave.



Ah, well, there were also photos of Pope Benedict XVI taking part in a Lutheran simulacrum of the Mass, whatever they call it.  Service.


In the things could always be worse department…… March 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, disaster, error, Eucharist, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism.
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….a video of a Ft. Worth parish that looks like every parish I’ve ever been to in San Antonio save for Atonement.  So, if you’ve never been to San Antonio, this gives you a pretty good impression of how all the parishes are designed, up to and including the cathedral, which also has “theater in the round” seating.  Most all the parishes of San Antonio have a hot tub/fake creek baptismal font.  And while many parishes in SA lack a proper crucifix in the church, this Good Shepherd in Ft. Worth is akin to many SA parishes in not having a tabernacle in the church proper. I would reckon this parish has been remodeled or built in the last few years, so Bishop Vann approved this, apparently. Note the name “Good Shepherd Catholic Community” (not Church) and the music in the video.  That damn song was stuck in my head half the night last night.  And be sure to check out the “stealth” labryinth – so terribly new agey!

So many things wrong…..I don’t even know what to say, except I bet the pastor there is of the type that loves the wireless mic and running around the church during Mass.

It is a church designed in such a way as to make offering the TLM almost impossible. They do have video boards, though!  After all, if protestants have them, they must be good!

I have to say, I can’t recall any parish in Dallas being quite like this.  Parishes with this design are built with huge assumptions regarding “the real presence” of Jesus in each person, Jesus in Scripture, Jesus “in the community,” but with a marked de-emphasis on the true Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  This design has strong overtones of a radically altered liturgical emphasis that surely carries great theological significance. I would say that, even as a former protestant, a parish with this type of design would have said to me, in those still-protestant days, that this parish is much more focused on glorifying the community over and above the Persons truly due our worship, the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It is symbolic of the radical changes in practice and belief that have shaken the Church to its very foundations in the past 50 years. Thank God those foundations are built on rock, and not sand.

Given the strident casualness of the church design, is it really inappropriate for those in attendance here to be wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops? Does the very parish design contribute to such casualness?

I note in passing this parish is apparently administered by Third Order Franciscans, and has been for some time. I don’t think it any exaggeration to state that the Franciscans have imbibed the “spirit of Vatican II” as deeply as any religious order, save perhaps the Jesuits.

God have mercy on Your Church.

Start Novena Seven Sorrows of Blessed Virgin Mary+Litany of Sorrows March 13, 2013

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You can start this Novena accompanied by the Litany today (03/13) or tomorrow (03/14).  Thanks to reader MJD:

In Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Maryour_lady_of_sorrows
Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood
beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.
Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests
with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.

Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ,
through the merits of His own most sacred passion and death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition.
To whom shall I have recourse in my wants and miseries if not
to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the
chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.

Holy Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at
the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me
and obtain for me from our Lord {mention your petition}, if
it be for His honor and glory, and for my good. Amen.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our
hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thyourladyofsorrows2
Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by
His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His
Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ have mercy on us
Lord have mercy on us
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 Ghost
Have mercy on usOurLadyofSorrows

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins pray for us
Mother of the Crucified pray for us
Sorrowful Mother pray for us
Mournful Mother pray for us

Sighing Mother pray for us
Afflicted Mother pray for us
Forsaken Mother pray for us
Desolate Mother pray for us
Mother most sad pray for us

Mother set around with anguish pray for us
Mother overwhelmed by grief pray for us
Mother transfixed by a sword pray for us
Mother crucified in thy heart pray for us
Mother bereaved of thy Son pray for us

Sighing Dove pray for us
Mother of Dolors pray for us
Fount of tears pray for us
Sea of bitterness pray for us
Field of tribulation pray for us

Mass of suffering pray for us
Mirror of patience pray for us
Rock of constancy pray for us
Remedy in perplexity pray for us
Joy of the afflicted pray for us

Ark of the desolate pray for us
Refuge of the abandoned pray for us
Shield of the oppressed pray for us
Conqueror of the incredulous pray for usprimopiano2wd1
Solace of the wretched pray for us

Medicine of the sick pray for us
Help of the faint pray for us
Strength of the weak pray for us
Protectress of those who fight pray for us
Haven of the shipwrecked pray for us

Calmer of tempests pray for us
Companion of the sorrowful pray for us
Retreat of those who groan pray for us
Terror of the treacherous pray for us
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs pray for us

Treasure of the Faithful pray for us
Light of Confessors pray for us
Pearl of Virgins pray for us
Comfort of Widows pray for us
Joy of all Saints pray for us

Queen of thy Servants pray for us
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled pray for us.
Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin That we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ

O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of
Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet
soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, grant
that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows,
may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives
and reigns world without end. Amen

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m as nervous as a cat in a dog kennel about right now.

More like this, please……. March 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Lent, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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….and I’m ashamed of my own, truly pathetic “efforts.” From a reader, and Fratres In Unum, this was taken yesterday in St. Peter’s during a cold rain:


Wow.  You rarely, never see that. Sackcloth. Barefoot. Look at her feet!  Kneeling by a drain, where all the water would flow.