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Thomas a Kempis on interior conversation May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, sanctity, The Imitation of Christ, Tradition, Virtue.
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From The Imitation of Christ, Book II Chapter I interior conversation:

The kingdom of God is within you (Lk 17:21), saith the Lord. Converty thyself with thy whole heart to the Lord (Joel 2:12), and quit this miserable world, and thy soul shall find rest.

Learn to despise exterior things, and give thyself to the interior, and thou shalt see the Kingdom of God will come to thee.

For the Kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, which is not given to the wicked (Rom 14:17).  SAMSUNG

Christ will come to thee, discovering to thee His consolation, if thou wilt prepare Him a fit dwelling within thee.

All His glory and beauty is in the interior (Ps 44:14), and there He pleaseth Himself.

Frequently doth He visit the internal man, sweet in His communication with him, delightful His consolation, much peace, and a familiarity to be admired.

O faithful soul, prepare thy heart for this thy Spouse, that He may vouchsafe to come to thee, and dwell in thee!

For so He saith: “If any man love me he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and We will make our abode with him” (Jn 14:23).

Make room then for Christ within thee and deny entrance to all others.

When thou hast Christ thou art rich and He is sufficient for thee; He will provide for thee, and will be thy faithful procurator in all things, so that thou needsdt not trust to men.

For men quickly change and presently fail; but Christ remains forever, and stands by us fimrly to the end.

There is no great confidence to be put in a frail mortal man, though he be profitable and beloved (Ps 145:2), nor much grief to be taken if sometimes he be against thee and cross thee.

They that are with thee today may be against thee tomorrow; and on the other hand often changed like the wind.

Place thy whole confidence in God and let Him be thy fear and thy love; He will answer for thee and do for thee what is for the best (Jn 17:7).

Thou hast not here a lasting city and wherever thou art thou art a stranger and a pilgrim (1 Pet 2:11), nor wilt thou ever have rest unless thou be interiorly united to Christ.precious-blood.jpg

Why dost thou stand looking about thee here, since this is not thy resting place?

Thy dwelling must be in Heaven and all things of the earth are only to be looked up on as passing by.

All things pass away and thou along with them (Wis 5:9).

See that thou cleave not to them, lest thou be ensnared and be lost.

Let thy thought be with the Most High, and thy prayer directed to Christ without intermission. [pray without ceasing…….]

If thou knowest not how to meditate on high and heavenly things, rest on the passion of Christ, and willingly dwell in His Sacred wounds.

For if thou flee devoutly to the wounds and precious stigmas of Jesus, thou shalt feel great comfort in tribulation; neither wilt thou much regard being despised by men, but wilt easily bear up against detracting tongues.

Christ was also in this world despised by men, and in His greatest necessity foresaken by His acdqauintance and friends in the midst of reproaches.

Christ would suffer and be despised, and dost thou dare to complain of any one?7053901535_a8b2ed67a4_z

Christ had adversaries and backbiters, and wouldst thou have all to be thy friends and benefactors?

Whence shall thy patience be crowned if thou meet with no adversity? [Why can’t I keep to this!  Why must I be so weak!]

If thou wilt suffer not opposition how wilt thou be a friend of Christ? [ditto]

Suffer with Christ and for Christ if thou desirest to reign with Christ (2 Tim 2:12). [I want to, Lord! Help my unbelief!  Jesus, have mercy on me!]

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I pray you found this little meditation useful.

 

 

Following mainline protestant embrace of decadent worldliness will not save Scouts-UPDATED! May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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The Boy Scouts USA are set to vote today on whether or not to allow young men openly professing to be homosexual into scouts. That these young men are without doubt exceedingly troubled goes without saying.  How many such young men there are, is an open question.  But there certainly aren’t enough to stop the decline in Scouting’s membership, which has dropped by over a 1/3 in the last 14 years. In fact, I am quite certain that this abandonment of Scouting’s commitment to being morally clean will cause the Boy Scouts, like the mainline protestant churches that were for a very long time its key base, to collapse into irrlevancy.  Such may be inevitable, anyway, with more and more young people far more concerned with their electronic toys and instant gratification, than mastering the outdoors and the slow road to manhood.

I will say it is certainly odd that an organization that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2001 to defend its right NOT to admit young men afflicted with homosexual desires, will now do so more or less willingly (although I know their major donors, especially corporate ones, have been putting heavy pressure on them to change).  It certainly shows just how incredibly effective the nonstop propaganda campaign waged by homosexuals and their allies has been.

At any rate, in a few hours, we’ll likely know (I add emphasis and comments):

The eyes of the country are upon Texas today.

That’s where 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council are voting on whether to end the 103-year-old group’s outright ban on gay youths.

The outcome, to be announced in the late afternoon, follows months of intense debate among interest groups and within the ranks of Scouting itself.

It comes down to a single sentence at the end of a resolution: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

If the policy change is approved, the BSA will maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

the Boy Scouts’ national executive board postponed a vote on the issue and ordered a survey of its members. That survey showed an organization divided by age and, in some cases, by region.

While most adults in the Scouting community support the BSA’s current policy of “excluding open and avowed homosexuals, young parents and teens tend to oppose the policy.”

A BSA spokesman called the issue “among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.”

A recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll showed that 63% of Americans said they would support allowing gay youths to join the Boy Scouts. [Yeah, well, a majority of Americans also find murdering defenseless babies completely moral, and think unnatural sex and fornication are just A-OK, so I wouldn’t look to public opinion for a moral guide.  Sheesh.]

But 61% of surveyed adult members said they support the current BSA policy, which excludes gay youths and adult leaders, the group said.

The vote comes more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled that the organization has the right to keep out gays but also at a time of declining participation in the American institution.

Membership in Boy Scouts has declined by about a third since 1999. About 2.7 million people now participate nationwide.

If the Scouts think this change is going to make them hip, “with-it,” or more culturally acceptable, they are insane.  There will be a brief flurry of gloating from homosexuals, a few staged PR events involving troubled young men being used as cultural agitprop, but this move won’t do anything to bolster membership in the near or long term, because there just aren’t very many homosexuals!  In the end, the decline in membership will only accelerate.

But how does the Catholic Church plan to respond to the Boy Scouts wonderful “tolerance?”  Uhhh:

The Catholic Church in the United States says it will strive to maintain ties with the BSA, regardless of the outcome.

“We would hope that the Boy Scouts of America will continue to provide young people a formative experience grounded in virtue and directed by service to God and others,” the National Catholic Committee on Scouting said in February.

Wow, so committal. Way to stand strong and defend virtue.  Basically, we don’t have any public confirmation of how the Church in the US plans to respond, but we can only guess they will attempt to sweep this issue under the rug and submit to the ever-dominant need to preserve business as usual, as they have with the Banned Parenthood supporting and increasingly radical Girl Scouts.

I think Southern Baptist theologian Dr. Albert Mohler gets it about right:

How, exactly, are openly gay boys to be included in the activities of scouting? We are talking about boys who will now be expected to participate in everything from camping trips to travel with boys who are openly gay,” Mohler said. “Boys of these ages just might be the least equipped of all God’s creatures to deal with the complexities of the situation. Most parents are likely to decide that, all things considered, this is just not something they want imposed on their sons.”

There are plenty of ways for me to spend time with my son, expose him to the outdoors, help him grow in virtue, and do all I can to raise him up to manhood. If the Scouts don’t want to defend virtue, I don’t have any use for them. In fact, I would say that the bare fact that the Scouts are considering this proposal so seriously, means they are already lost. If they don’t OK this today, they will within a few years.

UPDATE: To the surprise of no one, homosexual youth were approved.  In a few years, very quietly, with very little press fanfare, homosexual scoutmasters will also be approved. Then, 10 years after that, the lawsuits will start rolling in. Goodbye, Scouts!

World Day of Prayer for the suffering Church in China May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, Our Lady, persecution, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.
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Pray to Our Lady of Sheshan!  Tomorrow, May 24 is the World Day of Prayer for the suffering Church in China, the true Church, the underground Church, not the false “Chinese Patriotic Church” which should be formally declared schismatic and heretical!  Please also say one Hail Mary daily for the cause of canonzation for Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei.  The following from the very worthy of your support Cardinal Kung Foundation:

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This day of prayer was established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.  Thank you, Pope Emeritus!  May God bless you!

Please support the underground Church in China!

For those who had questions regarding the Regina Caeli/Angelus changeover May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, North Deanery, Our Lady, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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I posted on Monday about some upcoming events in the life of the Church. One of those was a reminder to change over from praying the Regina Caeli for the Angelus on the Saturday before Trinity Sunday. The Regina Caeli stops after the noon prayer.  Some wondered why that was, because most sources today say that you should switch back to the Angelus the day before Pentecost, one week earlier.  Well, I have the answer.

The traditional practice is still to pray the Regina Caeli until the day before Trinity Sunday.  That is because the Octave of Pentecost still exists in the traditional calendar, and an octave treats the entire 8 days as a continuation of the Holy Day, in this case, Pentecost.  But the changes to the calendar made for the Novus Ordo after Vatican II eliminated the Octave of Pentecost.  So, there are not an extra 7 days of praying the Regina Caeli in the new calendar.  But it remains in the old.

Fr. Z loves to tell the apocraphyl story of Pope Paul VI ostensibly crying when he went to go put on his white vestments for WhitMonday, only to find out that it no longer existed and he was to wear green. I’ve always found that story highly doubtful, since Paul VI very carefully reviewed and participated in the formation of both the new Mass and the new calendar.  But it seems to make sure Fr. Z feel better.

Anyways, in sum, the traditional practice is to continue the Regina Caeli until Saturday noon before Trinity Sunday – this Sunday – while the Nervous Urdu practice is to switch back to the Angelus the day before Pentecost.  Either is valid, at this point in time.

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Build a Catholic Culture – assist at a profession of vows May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, religious, Sacraments, Tradition, Virtue.
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Sister Maria Benedicta of the Incarnation OCD will be professing her first vows on Saturday, May 25 at 10 am at the Carmelite monastery in Dallas.  You can assist at the Mass and say hello to Sister Maria Benedicta afterwards in the parlor.  There will be food and drink afterwards.  I pray I see you there!

Just so you know, the Mass will likely be Novus Ordo predominately in the vernacular, but with some Latin, maybe. Depends on who offers the Mass.

The Carmelite monastery is at 600 Flowers Ave Dallas 75211.

Not Sr. Maria Benedicta

Not Sr. Maria Benedicta

Pope Francis: Atheists redeemed, disciples “intolerant……wrong……” May 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disconcerting, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, shocking, Society, the return.
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Well, this is a way to start a Thursday.  I expect extremely wide reactions to this. I will say the article quoted below is very heavy on spin, and that there are grave dangers in misunderstanding here (I add emphasis):

The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. [As I said, there is some spin……..] On Wednesday he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists.

However, he did emphasize there was a catch. Those people must still do good. In fact, it is in doing good that they are led to the One who is the Source of all that is good. In essence he simply restated the hope of the Church that all come to know God, through His Son Jesus Christ.

Francis based his homily on the message of Christ to his disciples taken from the Gospel of Mark. Francis delivered his message by sharing a story of a Catholic who asked a priest if atheists were saved by Christ.

“They complain,” Francis said, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” He explained that Jesus corrected them, “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.”

The disciples, Pope Francis explained, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong… Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation.” [OK, one comment: am I the only one getting a pretty strong whiff of Pelagianism from this?]

“Even them, everyone, we all have the duty to do good, Pope Francis said on Vatican Radio.

“Just do good” was his challenge, “and we’ll find a meeting point.”

Francis explained himself, “The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart, do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!” We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.” [That comment about redemption is sloppy to the point of being dangerous. Christ died to save all, but we know – it is a Doctrine of the Faith – that many refuse Christ’s salvific action and are not saved.]

I’ll also add this: if the “finding a meeting point” means conversion and baptism into the Faith, then this is of course correct. Christ did make pretty plain in the Gospel of St. John that not only Baptism, but regular reception of the Sacraments, including the Blessed Sacrament, were required for salvation (if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you do not have life in you).

The above statements present some question marks to me with regard to human nature.  All of us do some good and some evil in our lives. There are none who are sinless, and very few who are such moral monsters they do no good.  It is my conviction that, especially in our modern world, the vast majority of people commit at least one very grave sin, let us say, an objectively mortal sin, in their lives. How much good must be done to offset that sin?  The Church has always believed, that there is NO amount of earthly good that can be done, that can efficaciously atone for a mortal sin.  It requires the intervention of Grace, unearned, to atone for that.  And thus, the Sacraments. The Church has also always believed that for works to be meritorious they must be done in the state of Grace.  We have to keep in mind that God’s definition of good is very different from the world’s, and what the world considers good may at times even be gravely offensive to God.

And then one final thought: there is little doubt the Catholic Faith is the most challenging, the most comprehensive, the most life-altering of any faith on earth.  Do statements like the one above encourage souls to engage in the sacrifice and self-denial that are required to live a faithful Catholic existence?  Maybe so, if one defines “doing good” as works of self-denial or penitential giving, but it just seems so superficial.  Much depends on what the Holy Father means by “meeting point,” but I do know that many are already taking the Holy Father’s statements and running with them, assuming he is referring to salvation.  But I think he stopped short of that.

One thing I am certain of, the world will absolutely love this statement.

My post, maybe not so much.