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St. Jerome on some modern errors May 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Interior Life, Saints, secularism, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
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St. Jerome was one of the most irascible men ever to become a Saint, let alone a Doctor of the Church.  He had a terrible temper and quite a mean streak.  But, he composed the Latin Vulgate, the biblical text used in the Mass for centuries, and wrote some great exegeses on Christian doctrine.  sanodipietro_stjerome

In reading some of these ancient Fathers, it always amazes me how today’s errors are nothing new.  The same errors always come up, over and over again, because men want to rule themselves, rather than submit to a transcendent God.  And, we always seem to stumble over certain of the same ideas – would a loving God really allow souls to fall into hell (the answer: yes), must we really practice virtue, etc., etc?  Basically, these issues get back to the original error: certainly God wouldn’t condemn wonderful ME!

Anyways, to St. Jerome, from his text Against Jovinian, AD 393, from The Faith of the Early Fathers, pp. 200-201.

It is our task, according to our different virtues, to prepare for ourselves different rewards…….If we are going to be equal in Heaven it woudl be useless for us to humble ourselves here in order ot have a greater place there……..Why should virgins persevere?  Why should widows toil?  Why should married women be continent?  Let us all sin, and after we repent we shall be the same as the Apostles are! [This line struck me as being particularly apropos for so many protestants, who, mimicking Luther, feel that “faith” is all that is required for salvation, and that practicing virtue and avoiding sin is unnecessary.  In fact, Luther counseled to “sin boldly, but have an even bolder faith.”  What Luther failed to realize, is that even having faith is a work.  But his counsel is completely contrary to what the Church – guided by the Fathers, who were informed by the original penitent-st-jerome-1507Apostles – has always believed.  We MUST practice virtue, spiritual and corporal, in order to be saved.  For virtue gives witness to our faith, otherwise, it’s just so many words]

If all rational creatures are equal, and by their own free will are, in view of their virtues or of their vices, either raised up to the heights or plunged down to the depths, and after the lengthy passage of infinite ages there will be a restitution of all things and but a single dignity for all the soldiers, how far apart will a virgin be from a whore?  What difference between the Mother of the Lord and – it is impious to even say it! – the victims of public licentiousness? Will Gabriel and the devil be the same? The Apostles and the demons the same? The Prophets and pseudo-prophets the same?  Martyrs and their persecutors the same? [Here St. Jerome attacks Origen’s theory of “universal salvation,” or the semi-Origenist position that while there will be a period of punishment, at the end of time, God will “restore all things” and bring everyone to salvation.  But these same words can be applied to even greater effect to the universal salvationists of today, when they corrupt the virtuous with the presence of the immoral.  I, for one, am thankful that St.’s Jerome and Augustine – among many, many others – crushed this error definitvely 1600 years ago.  We need a new Jerome.]

 

 

 

Massive protests terminate homosexual rally in Georgia May 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Dang………wrong Georgia.  I was getting ready to move!  I add emphasis and comments:

Priests [priests!] and thousands of other Georgians broke through police barricades and forced gay rights activists to flee on Friday, cutting short their rally to mark the international day against homophobia. [I say, good for them, as long as they were non-violent]

Holding banners saying “Stop Homosexual Propaganda in Georgia!” and “Not in our city!”, the demonstrators swarmed into a square in central Tbilisi where about 50 Georgians  [50 whole people!]  were rallying in support of gay rights. Police escorted the gay rights supporters onto buses and drove them away to avoid violence.
Several people, including some journalists, received minor injuries, Georgian media said.
We won’t allow these sick people to hold gay parades in our country,” said Zhuzhuna Tavadze, brandishing a bunch of nettles and adding that she was ready to fight.
The people of Georgia, like all denizens of the former Soviet Union, know what it is like to be denied the opportunity to practice one’s faith, publicly certainly, but even privately.  In the Soviet Union, most churches were closed, orthodox priests banished to the GULAG or placed under house arrest, with communist toadies often put in their place.  What little practice of religion was allowed – and it was very little – was always tightly controlled by the communists. Dissent was death, or at least a very long prison term.
But, through the intercession of Our Lady, to be sure, the yoke of the most evil form of government ever created by man was thrown off, and now religion is flourishing throughout the former Soviet Union, to an extent that puts these United States to shame.  Governments frequently protect the Christian religion in these former Soviet states.  I know, incredible, isn’t it?!  But because of the experience these people have had, they cherish their faith, and take it very seriously.  They know that sodomy and gomorrite activity is an offense to God of the highest order. It is one of 4 sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance.  And they do not want to tolerate such filth in their country.
I do not blame them.
Oh, that we had had such commitment to faith and virtue in this country!  Even still, if we had it today, it is not too late to roll back the tide as this culture slouches into depravity.  But we Americans are so spoiled and comfortable, we have had things so easy for so long, there isn’t much fight in us. We just sit back and watch as the most debased of perversions is allowed to flourish and spread, infecting young people and millions of others with the worst kind of immorality, and even allow marriage, the very building block of our culture, to be “redefined.”  But marriage cannot be redefined: it is what it is.  It is a measure of how far we have fallen, and how far this culture has become detached from its Christian roots, that nearly half of the people in this country can’t understand this very simple fact.
Unfortunately, tragically, I must add that our Church has not been nearly as stalwart in defending the Faith, in this regard and many others, as it should have been. Far, far too many in the Church are horribly confused, formed with destructive, worldly beliefs which cause them to place the opinions of men ahead of the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  Far, far too many have fallen into immoral lifestyles themselves, including many in high leadership positions.  I have a feeling the Church is in for a great cleansing.  We must pray for our Church, and for all the souls given over to evil in this sad, fallen world.
Some photos from the events in Tbilisi.  Just so you know, the young man swinging his fist is actually one of the homosexuals, who lashed out after being confronted by a priest with his immorality (which proves that the media coverage, imputing violence to Christians, may be wrong):
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Why aren’t liberals more critical of islam? May 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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I found this post on a blog I don’t read very often, bookwormroom, discussing the very strange and really nonsensical phenomenon of why liberals constantly attack Christianity, but bend over backwards, upside down, and inside out, to give islam a pass.  I think it has some merit, but also misses some rather significant reasons:

The article I read on this subject is Benjamin Wiker’s “Why aren’t liberals more critical of Islam?” In it, he posits that, because secularism arose within and in opposition to a Christian Europe and America, Christianity was its original enemy.  Giving proof, however, to my repeated claim that “Progressives” are actually profoundly “regressive,” secularists (i.e., Leftists) continue their battle with Christianity despite that particular war having ended long ago. Judaism and Christianity absorbed the better parts of secularism while holding on to their core religious principles. [Well, the author is probably quite right regarding the absorption of secularism, but I would argue that doing so has badly disfigured Christianity and left the Church – and Christianity in general – in a profound crisis. Because secularism and Christianity are not complimentary ideologies, but implacably hostile ones.  To the extent the Church and various sects have embraced secularism, they have been wounded by the experience. The Catholic Church fought mightily against doing so for three or more centuries, then suddenly tore down the bastions of resistance in the latter half of the 20th century. The result has been catastrophe, the biggest, most universal collapse in the practice of the Faith the Church has seen in its 2000 year history]

Because they are locked forever in an ideological time warp, says Wiker, liberals (or Progressives or Leftists or whatever else they call themselves to avoid the taint their ideas leave behind) cannot contemplate the possibility that there is another enemy, greater than their old foe Christianity.

And here I think the author makes a critical mistake. Yes, it is ludicrous that progressives ignore the truly monstrous ideology of islam, which poses at present a far more direct threat to progressives interests than does Christianity, but perhaps the progressives aren’t so blind and dumb as we think.  Secular pagan progressivism is locked in a death struggle with Christianity.  Secularism knows that a culture can either embrace secular values, or Christian ones, but not both.  So, even though secularism is at present highly ascendent, and the Church and Christianity in general quite moribund, secularism still knows that the most existential threat to its existence resides in Christiainity.  I think secularists are highly confident that they can pervert and corrupt islam much more easily than they have Christianity.  They may be wrong about that, but there are many signs they are not.  For one thing, as islam has become exposed to the modern world, their birth rate has collapsed at a rate faster than any seen in recorded history (true for most countries, not all, but most).  Islamic embrace of the worst of western immorality, like rampant porn use, is another sign that islam may not stand up to secularism.  But, at the same time, islam possesses such a perverse moral code, many muslims see no problem in brutally subjugating their wives and daughters while getting off to western porn at night.  Such isn’t even seen as immoral.

I think there is something to the idea that pagan sexularism cannot recognize the threat of islam for many reasons, one of the most prime of which is the inherent hostility towards Christianity creating an attitude of sophist admiration for any non-Christian religion, a willingness to turn a blind eye to the deformed immoralities of islam or voodoo or whatever, and seeing in these groups a falsely benign alternative to “evil” Christianity. Sort of along the lines of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

In fact, the author Wiker noted above gets it, whereas I don’t think bookworm did.  Secularists are not only blind to the fact that all other religions are highly deficient in comparison to Christianity, and most of them are much more violently hostile to secularism, but secularism needs these other religions to be “good” in order to continue painting Christianity in a bad light.  Secularism needs to be able to say that “islam is the religion of peace,” in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, so they can claim that Christianity is the religion of death and war. Even though that is completely inside out and upside down. As pretty much all secularist thinking is.

But while the radical pagan sexularists of the modern West may have huge blind-spots, they are not dumb.  Or not as dumb as they act.  While we Catholics may look around and say “what else could the secularists do to destroy our culture?,” the secularists look around and see a very unfinished job. They are not nearly done driving Christianity, and especially the embodiment of it, the Church, from the public square.  Sexular paganism with a strong socialist bent has as its highest imperative the destruction of Christianity.  I fear things will get much, much worse, before they get better.

But, we know how the story will end.  So, never fear. It can actually be a very good thing to live in a time of persecution. Both white and red martyrdom atone for many sins, and may speed one’s way to Heaven.  All we need to worry about is our own personal practice of virtue and adhering to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. Nothing else really matters.

 

Build a Catholic Culture – Marian processions May 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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We had a Marian procession at our parish last Sunday.  I finally got some pics to share:

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Unfortunately, this procession took place around the parking lot. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, nor that I think it doesn’t have merit, but I think processions give only a limited witness.  It’s sort of preaching to the choir.  I know the logistics, and probably cost, of processing on public streets would be a great obstacle.  Nevertheless…….it would be such an awesome witness!  There used to be public Eucharistic processions in Dallas every year, from the Cathedral to the old Jesuit high school.  So, the will to have these kinds of processions has certainly existed. It can be done.  And I know there are a few parishes around the country – some not even specifically traditional parishes! – that do process on public streets.  There is one in Washington state that has had such processions.

Maybe one day. I’ll keep praying.  For now, I’m very proud to be able to take part in any kind of procession!  I don’t want to seem ungrateful, they are awesome.

And do we need a bigger statue?  It’s actually over 3 ft tall. But it looks kind of small.