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More from St. Augustine on works and Grace May 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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The following excerpts from St. Augustine on works and how hey relate to merit, Grace, and salvation, from his “Various Questions to Simplician” extracted in Faith of the Early Fathers Vol III (pp. 47-48):

In many passages St. Paul often bears witness to this, putting the Grace of faith before works, not as if he wanted to put an end to works, but so as to show that works are the consequences rather than the precedents of Grace.  Thus, no man is to suppose that he has received Grace because he has done good works, but rather that he would not have been able to do those good works if he had not, through faith, received Grace. [An important point then becomes….what is good?  Define a good work?  Many things that say, an atheist might do, might be good in the eyes of the world, but not so in the eyes of God. Irrespective of the work done, much depends on the motivation. If a good work is done in expectation of a reward, be it money, acknowledgement, some quid pro quo, or whatever, the merit is minimal, perhaps nil. Truly good works that are efficacious of salvation, would be difficult for atheists to attain, since they specifically reject the source of Grace.]

…….Election, however, does not precede justification, but justification precedes election. For noe one is chosen unless he is already quite different from him that is rejected. With this in mind, I do not see how it could be written: “God chose us before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4) except in view of foreknowledge of salvation.

No one, therefore, who is not called believes; but not everyone believes who is called. [For belief, or faith, contrary to protestant claims, is a work]  For many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 20:16): the chosen, certainly, are those who were not contemptuous of HIm who called them, but believed in Him and followed HIm, who believed in Him without doubt because they willed to do so. What is to be said of what follows: “Therefore it is not of him who wills nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy?” (Rom 9:16) Does it not mean that we cannot even will unless we be called, and that our willing avails nothing unless God assists us to perform it?

In another place St. Paul says “In fear and trembling work our your salvation. For it is God who works in you both the will and the work for His own good pleasure” (Phil 2:12-13). There he shows that the good will itself is produced in us by the working of God…..because the will of man does not alone suffice for us to live justly and righteously, unless we be aided by God’s mercy……so that St. Paul could have also said “It is not of God, therefore, who has mercy, but of the man who wills it,” becasue the mercy alone of God does not suffice, unless the consent of our will be added.  It is clear that we will in vain, unless God have mercy; but I do not know how it might be said that God has mercy in vain, unless we will. For if God does have mercy, we do also will; for the fact that we will pertains to the same mercy. For it is God who works in us both the will and the performance, for His good will……..The saying therefore, that “it is not of him who wills nor of him that runs, but of God who has mercy” cannot be taken to mean that without God’s help we cannot achieve what we will, but rather that without His call we cannot even will.

…..We are commanded to live righteously, and the reward is set before us of our meriting to live happily in eternity. But who is able to live righteously and do good works unless he has been justified by faith?

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And that’s it in a nutshell. Pelagius, the archheretic, said that man could work his way to salvation irrespective of salvation.  He said that God created man with a basic goodness sufficient to obtain salvation outside of Baptism, the other Sacraments, and a life of prayer, penance, and conversion. And while some protestant sects have gone way off the rails in the other direction, imputing to all creation damnation, and claiming that no one can do any work at all to save themselves, that salvation is simply gratuitously given to all those who “have faith,” the Church has believed that works done under the aegis of Grace (in the state of Grace) are both meritorious and normally necessary for salvation.  Atheists who are able to “work themselves” into some “meeting place” with the Church through their “good” works, would then seem to be a rather rare species.


Late Again! Start Novena to Sacred Heart of Jesus today! May 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, North Deanery, Novenas, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Really, you should have started it yesterday, but if you start it today, you will finish on the Feast of the Sacred Heart itself, instead of the vigil.  Really, I’m just being my usual kind and considerate self, knowing you had the Corpus Christi Novena going until yesterday, and I didn’t want to double you up.  See how thoughtful I am?

The Novena below was a favorite of St. Padre Pio, and it’s a favorite of mine, as well. I’ve been praying it for several years now, every day.  I pray it is edifying and beneficial for you!

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive,

seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”

Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…pp1

(Mention your Intention Here)

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything

 of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

(Mention your Intention Here)

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you,

heaven and earth will pass away

but my words will not pass away.”

Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…

(Mention your Intention Here)

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible

 not to have compassion on the afflicted,

have pity on us miserable sinners and

grant us the grace which we ask of you, 537240_471503916230513_347165883_n

through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,

your tender Mother and ours.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life,

our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:

to thee do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,

thine eyes of mercy toward us, and

after this our exile, show unto us

the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus,

 O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Pray for us O holy Mother of God,

 that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.



Some more Corpus Christi greatness May 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition.
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One of the many things lost in the revolution in the Liturgy after Vatican II was many glorious sequences.  Practically speaking, they have just about completely disappeared from the Mass as the vast, vast majority of Catholics experience it. And that is a shame, because these sequences convey not only beauty, but rich Catholic thinking.  A Requiem Mass is not a Requiem without Requiem Lux Aeternum, and a Corpus Christi Mass is not the same without Lauda Sion:

Corpus Christi is a HUGE Feast Day! May 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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In spite of our bishops in the US having removed Corpus Christi from the list of Holy Days of Obligation in this country, historically and around the world, this has been a hugely important feast.  It ONLY commemorates the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, the Source and Summit of our Faith and THE Sacrament that really sustains us and helps us grow in sanctity on a day to day and week to week basis.

So let’s celebrate!  This is a glorious feast!  Via David Werling, a great sermon, from a priest whose voice you will recognize from so many sermons I post, on St. Juliana and the Feast of Corpus Christi:

And via Rorate Caeli, a video of Corpus Christi being done up right from back in the day:

Some other odds and ends. A Eucharistic, and, I think, Corpus Christi Procession from Dallas in the 50s:Procession


More awesomeness:

Eucharistic King_FSSP Rome


US government plans to accelerate destruction of Catholics in Mideast? May 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Certainly, no one in government – publicly, at least – would admit to having as a policy objective the final destruction of Christianity in the Mideast, but they sure take an awful lot of policy steps that, to anyone with eyes to see, help to bring about that goal.  Just in the past day, disastrously egotistical Republican John McCain has gone to Syria and visited with some of the rebel factions – it appears he “accidentally” had his photo taken, smiling, with radical islamists who have been involved in kidnapping and likely the murder of their religious opponents.  Even if that was truly unintentional, McCain is in Syria giving aid and comfort to the rebels, most of whom are radical islamists who have made plain to the Christian community of Syria – over 2.5 million souls – that they will no longer be welcome in the country if they take power, and have already destroyed many churches and violently persecuted many Christians in the territories they control.

And now Obama is asking a Pentagon already near prostrate over the effects of the sequester (about 1/3 of USAF tactical aircraft and pilots are furloughed right now due to lack of funds) to draw up plans for more endless war a no fly zone over Syria, to help facilitate the destruction of the Assad regime. A regime, which, in spite of its numerous atrocities and evil acts, has tended to be very moderate and tolerant of Syria’s large Christian minority.

Already the media machine is getting geared up to encourage direct US involvement in this war.  The WSJ had an execrable op-ed by some figures at the American Enterprise Institute that fantasized that Syria’s rebels are not islamists, that ending the war is the way to prevent further destabilization in the region (rather than greatly accelerate it), and that there is a moral imperative to remove Assad, as he is such a terribly wicked man.  He likely is, but, unfortunately, the radical Al Queada affiliated groups who will replace him will be even worse. And if you want to see Jordan fall into the islamist camp, insure an Islamist win in Syria.  The analysis totally ignored the impact all this will have on the Christian community in the Mideast.

It is a sign of the moral bankruptcy of the present ruling oligarchy of this nation that it has fallen to Russia, under former KGB agent Putin, to take up the mantle of the defense of Christians in Syria.  Such has at least been proferred as a substantial reason for their support of the Assad regime.  It may be bunk, but it’s more than the near total disregard for the plight of that community that has been US policy up to this point.

I have actually been stunned by the rank amateurness of the analysis and recommendations that have come out of both the Obama administration and the major non-governmental foreign policy and defense groups that have been quoted in the media. No one is talking about Turkey, and why they are driving all these regime changes around the Mideast. We are seeing Turkey quietly build up effective control over almost all the nations that surround Israel and most of the North African littoral.  Why are they doing that? What is their game?  I can say, their game appears to be a very smart, very low key radicalism that seeks to transform the entire region from one of moderate regimes at least somewhat tolerant of Christians, to dedicated islamist regimes with a vile hatred and willingness to persecute Chrisitans. If you have read Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s comments of late regarding Christianity and the moral collapse of the West, I think you can see a man who has great disdain for Christianity.  And I think he is playing a very smart game to reconstruct the Mideast into a series of weak islamist governments dependent on Turkish patronage.  A sort of 21st century Ottoman Empire, not one of direct possession of land, but of indirect control.

And we, in our stupid blindness, have repeatedly helped him do so, from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Syria and probably Jordan to follow.

Yay.  I expect this from our muslim in chief, but I have no idea why any supposed conservatives would be falling for all this.  I guess they just can’t stand going without a war for 5 minutes.