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Pray for tornado victims in OKC! – UPDATED! May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, sadness, Society.
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My parents lived in Oklahoma City for some years before I was born. My brother and sister both lived there for a spell.  The Oklahoma City area was struck with an extremely powerful tornado just a few minutes ago. I actually watched it live online.  The tornado was a monster, at least an F4 if not an F5, and several schools were in its path and were just about obliterated. The students were still in school at the time. While there is no estimate of casualties at this early time, it is certain there were many injured and killed. I am seeing live coverage from KFOR in Oklahoma City right now, and the damage is on the level of a small nuclear device. A huge swath, at least a half mile wide, goes right through the middle of Moore. This is the same area that was severely struck by a tornado in 1999 (which killed 44 people), and there were several tornados just yesterday in the OKC vicinity, although damage was not nearly so extensive. But it has been surreal to see storm chasers having to dodge power-transmission line repair trucks as they chase these huge tornadoes. The one storm that went throught Moore has recycled and now spun out another tornado further to the east.

Please pray for these souls!  What a catastrophe!  FSSP has a parish in Edmond, which I think is south of the affected area, but many souls at that parish may be affected.

We have been considering buying land in Oklahoma. It’s a very nice state, under-rated in many respects. These storms don’t really affect those plans, at least as far as I’m concerned. Where we are looking is out of the area where the tornadoes normally occur, anyways.

UPDATE:

I wanted to update the post with better videos.  These are from Jeff Master’s Wunderblog. There is a tornado watch for NTX today, but my weather gut tells me we’re only going to see small hail and straight line winds. Yesterday actually felt like a much more weather-breeding day than today. I remember when I was a kid, and a tornado took out Vernon and Wichita Falls……..you could feel it, all day, that there were big storms coming. It was an oppressive day, not really that hot, but just so still and muggy, and all the animals were acting weird.  And sure enough, we had some terrible storms that night, but luckily no tornados.

Incredible time lapse of the tornado, but with a big gap for when it was actually doing most of the destruction over Moore:

Ground based view, with damage at the end:

Church persecution/violence rampant in France May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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As I have related in some recent posts, one of the main goals of sexular pagans is to drive the Church from the culture, to eliminate any dissenting voices against their plan for depravity-fueled cultural destruction. One hallmark of that effort is to give preferential treatment to non-Catholic and especially non-Christian religions, which coupled with immigration policies which have resulted in a flood of non-Christian religions into formerly Christian countries, has resulted in countries like France seeing waves of heavy anti-Church persecution.  Just in the past few days, a priest was beaten by a muslim mob in Avignon – one time seat of the exiled papacy! – multiple churches have been heavily vandalized and the Blessed Sacrament stolen, and just recenly a muslim mob attacked Christians leaving Mass in Nimes:

The “eldest daughter of the Church” has been showing some signs of renewed vitality of late. But as just this brief review of recent events indicates, it’s a very hard climb back from collapse to even some kind of cultural acceptance, let alone ascendency.  And what is occurring in France is also ongoing in many other European countries, the former heart of Christendom. The truly frightening prospect is the future of our own country and the Church here.  What is ongoing in Europe, may soon be occurring here.  Especially with a weird communist pseudo-muslim with profound tendencies of Church-hatred and using the power of government to squash his enemies in the White House. I don’t think it any exaggeration to claim that Obama views the Church as one of his prime obstacles to absolute power.

But, then again, the Church, the Flower of Christ, has before been watered by the blood of martyrs to emerge triumphant from seeming prostration in the past. So pray.

Some important reminders on upcoming liturgical events May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Liturgical Year, North Deanery, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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We are in a glorious part of the Liturgical calendar that marks the ending of Paschaltime with a slew of great feasts and other aspects of Church life.  Of course we just had Pentecost yesterday, and coming this Sunday is Trinity Sunday.  The following Thursday is the great Feast of Corpus Christi, with the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary the following day, May 31. Then, June 7 is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, which winds up this veritable explosion of Grace-filled days our Lord has seen fit to give our Holy Mother Church.

The point of all the above, is to remind you to go to Mass on those Feast Days!  Don’t wait for Sunday!

Another important reminder, this week is the Summer Ember Week.  Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are days of fast and partial abstinence. That means you can have one meal with meat and at most two smaller snacks w/o meat that do not equal another meal. Friday of course is total abstinence.  I finally made a reminder for Ember Week early enough to hopefully be useful!

Note that the use of the Regina Caeli, that great, beautiful prayer, ends on Saturday with the noon prayer. After that, it is back to the Angelus.  I will miss you, Regina Caeli! You are one of my favorite prayers/chants!

You need to start your Corpus Christi Novena tomorrow.  There is text for a commonly used Novena here and below.

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy. I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Your- self my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You. I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me. I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation. I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations. I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners. I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul. I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me. In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request). If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. Amen.

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. You have given them bread from Heaven. Having all sweetness within. Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

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Latin Mass tonight May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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There is Novus Ordo Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark in Plano at 7pm. This is the last Mass for some time.  I think the Mass is on hiatus for 3 weeks, to be re-tooled. When it comes back for the new fall season, however, watch out!  It’s going to be as wild and upredictable as a cross between I Dream of Genie and Bewitched, if you can imagine that!

Mind-blowing, indeed!

Seriously, the Mass will be on break for a few weeks after tonight, Monday, May 20.

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The heresy of the ecumenists May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, pr stunts, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
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Louie Verrecchio has a very revealing post on Cardinal Kurt Koch, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews – thus, the Vatican’s chief ecumenist.  Cardinal Koch routinely makes statements that would have unquestionably been viewed as heresy just a few short years ago. And since Church Doctrine can never change………..(I add emphasis and comments):

If the most recent Holy Roman Pontiff to have been canonized, Pope St. Pius X, could suddenly be placed in the Holy See of today, like a frog dropped in a pot of boiling water, he would leap into action, the anathemas and condemnations flying from his mighty pen so fast it would make even Cardinal Burke’s head spin. [As much as I love Cardinal Burke, I think Pope St. Pius X might have more than a bit of concern about him. And yet he is as good a Cardinal as the Church has at present.  That shows where we are at.]images

As it is, the majority of Catholic prelates are doing backstrokes as the souls in their care perish from lack of a shepherd.

Enter Cardinal Kurt Koch.

According to a report in the Tablet,  Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, on a recent visit to Jerusalem, stressed “no conversion for the Jews,” saying:

“We Christians must not bear witness in relation to the Jews to a path of salvation which is completely foreign to them, as we do with other religions. This is because the New Testament is built up totally on the basis of the Old Testament. The Catholic Church therefore does not have an organized Jewish mission, as certain Evangelical groups do.”

In light of Aquinas’ definition of heresy as “a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmas,” this would make Cardinal Koch a material heretic.images (1)

In speaking of “a path of salvation which is completely foreign” to the Jews, clearly His Eminence is referring to none other than Jesus Christ, who alone is the Way to everlasting life. [Both of these preceding statements are objectively true. Cardinal Koch is one of the most troubling prelates in the Church.  Little surprise, then, that he is German (well,, German Swiss).]

How is it even remotely possible for anyone who holds the Catholic faith, much less a Prince of the Church (a title that means less with every passing day)  [Ouch, but so true. That hits them where they hurt] to refer to Jesus Christ, Son of David and long-awaited Messiah, as “completely foreign” to the Jews? If a candidate for Confirmation said this, the bishop would be duty bound to deny him the sacrament!

And while it is true from the standpoint of formal structure that the Church does not have “an organized Jewish mission,” it is to the everlasting shame of all of her members that this is the case, especially those in the hierarchy who, like Cardinal Koch, place diplomacy and warm sentiments above the mission that Jesus Christ gave to His Church……..  [And that is exactly, precisely right.  Koch, Dolan, Mahony, Ravasi, O’Brien,Tagle, Daneels, the list goes on and on, almost every single prince of the Church has either publicly declared heresy at 559930_505165069530169_1204952817_nsome recent point, engaged in hideous scandal, failed to defend the Faith, or all three. It’s a triple crown of massive fails!]

………in suggesting that the Jews stand in no need of conversion, Cardinal Koch is guilty of precisely the indifferentism condemned by Pope Pius VII, wherein “truth is confused with error, and the Holy and Immaculate Spouse of Christ is placed on the same level as heretical sects and even as Jewish faithlessness” (Post Tam Diurturnas)

[We must remind……] our fellow Catholics that the Church has been praying for the conversion of the Jews for many centuries, and for one simple reason. In the words of the Council of Florence:

The Catholic Church firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within Her, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics, cannot become participants in eternal life but will depart ‘into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Mt. 25:41), unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock… (Council of Florence, Dz 714).

Given the fact that Cardinal Koch no longer believes as much, I would suggest in all charity that we must pray for his conversion, that he might one day return to the Catholic faith.  [I agree.]

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There is a little hook at the end of Verrecchio’s post that I won’t paste, because he definitely deserves the hit.  Go to his site and scroll down to the end, and see92437436-15330368 if you get the joke.  It’s delicious irony.  Brilliant.

Can anyone dispute what Mr. Verrecchio says?  I can’t even begin to, and must admit I agree with all he says.

And Mr. Verrechio’s prescriptive advice for the faithful is spot on: we must pray for all our shepherds, from our parish priest to the highest princes, for their sanctification, conversion, and humble submission to God’s Will and acceptance of ALL the Truth He has revealed through His Church.  More than that, we must also condition our bodies, will, and minds to accept mortification, and offer that mortification up for the conversion of all prelates or perhaps one particular cardinal or bishop.  Such would be a tremendous work of spiritual mercy, and very edifying for your soul, irrespective if that Grace moves the soul of a particular prelate. I think a very large part of the reason we are in our current crisis is because lay Catholics (myself certainly included) haven’t been offering enough prayers and sacrifices on behalf of our spiritual leadership.  I will try to do more.

One final note, I just thought to add after I hit the publish button!  The reason I entitled this post the heresy of the ecumenists is that Cardinal Koch’s views are extremely common among those engaged in the modern, post-Vatican II “ecumenical” effort in the Church.  Those involved, from priests to cardinals to lay people, routinely make statements revealing at least a marked indifferentist attitude, if not outright heresy.  This statement from Koch is just the latest example. And, incredibly, such statements can even be found at the very highest levels of authority, at times.  But it is critical to keep in mind that none of these statements is doctrinal, none of them are binding on a Catholic’s conscience, so we can and must remain free to disagree, even stridently. That’s all.

A late revelation on Chief Justice Roberts enshrining Obamacare in law May 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
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I was doing some reading last night on the onset of the cultural collapse in the United States during the 1960s last night, and I had a bit of a minor epiphany.  It may not be an epiphany to you at all, but it was to me, because I was ignorant of how these things I will describe below went down.  But the crux of the matter is that history shows that Chief Justice John Roberts’ desire – which he made very public at the time – not to be seen “legislating against the democratic will” because such would be unprecedented in the history of the Supreme Court is absolute, total bunk. Now, I think we all know it was bunk, but certainly Obama and his shills in the media tried very hard to create the impression that never in the history of the republic had the Supreme Court subborned the “will of the people” as expressed in midnight deals and toothless executive orders, etc., etc., so that we wound up with this life-altering and likely country-destroying monstrosithy of legislation we call Obamacare. And it seemed that Roberts – at least publicly, who knows his true, private motivations for this miscarriage of jurisprudence – bought the argument without question.

But it’s a lie. It’s such a huge lie, it’s not even funny.  For throughout the 1960s and well into the 1970s, and even carrying on to this day with courts declaring popularly approved constitutional amendments “unconstitional,” the left relied on the courts to overturn the plainly and often repeatedly-expressed will of the people to achieve their  sexular pagan, anti-Church agenda.  America was such a different country in the early 60s it is almost impossible for those of us who did not live in that time to imagine it. For instance, most states had laws declaring artificial contraception illegal.  Even left-leaning states like Connecticutt had twice voted in state-wide referenda to keep contraception illegal.  The left knew they could not get the keystone of their plan for societal destruction and radical, libido-powered moral decay enacted without the bedrock of contraception to make it all possible. So, they turned to the courts, and in several decisions throughout the 1960s, state laws keeping contraception illegal were struck down.  The same process was applied to make “no-fault divorce” a reality.  And, as we all know, the capstone of this effort was Roe v. Wade, which made murder of fellow human beings legal throughout the land, essentially without restriction. At that time, 1973, abortion was illegal in many states, even though more and more were legalizing it.  But the political process wasn’t moving fast enough for the Church-hating cultural marxists, so they foisted this moral catastrophe on the nation through the courts.

And, so you know, the sexular pagans who drove this agenda were definitely Church-haters. Many of them, including one of the least known but most effectual, Leo Pfeffer, made plain their antipathy for the Church and their desire to see it driven from society.  Leo Pfeffer is long dead, and has no Wikipedia page. But if you search his name, it comes up in all the landmark legal cases and other elements of societal upheaval that turned the culture upside down in the 60s.  And Leo Pfeffer, and a few hundred or thousand other radical leftists like him, universally reviled the Church as the standard-bearer of morality, respect for authority, and adherence to a Truth that transcended the left’s limited human vision of will-to-power. But I digress.

For Roberts to claim, even as weakly as he did, that he had to find some  justification to keep Obamacare “legal” because it is fundamentally wrong, unprecedentedly wrong, for the Supreme Court to overturn the result of a “democratic process,” is just asinine.  The Supreme Court and many others have been doing so for years. In fact, I think a fair case could be made that the main purpose of the Supreme Court over the past 100 years or so has been to attack and undermine the very “democratic process” Roberts hung his hat on. I know there are probably many other, far more banal or even sinister reasons for why Roberts ruled as he did, but his public one is utter garbage. All I can say is, as I was reading this history of the destruction of the still fairly strong Christian elements of American culture in the 1960s, I was amazed by how utterly it was driven by courts and how contrary to the popular will.

Thus, our present oligarchy.

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Too bad they failed.