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The difference between serving God, and the world, from St. Peter Julian Eymard July 30, 2013

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In our Church today, we are hearing more and more that the Church must “go out” and really embrace the world. This was a major point of the most recent Council, to try to re-orient the Church to not just better serve, but even “embrace,” the modern world. We have heard this talk for decades, even if it went into abeyance a bit over the period 2005-2012, but it seems to have come roaring back.  We are now told to go out and “shake things up,” to bring ideas from the world into the Church to overcome staid clericalism and stuffy old Tradition. Certainly, the Church must always be open to both Saint and sinner in the world, but the emphasis now is subtly different.  It’s as if the world has much of value the Church lacks, and that lack is the reason for the crisis seen in the Church over the past several decades. If only we got out there and understood the world on its terms better, and brought some of that worldliness into the Church, well, that long hoped for “new springtime” would automatically materialize.

Perhaps.  But St. Peter Julian Eymard, the great apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, understood somewhat differently.  In the third volume of the Eymard Library, Eucharistic Retreats, the great Saint had this to say about God, and the world:

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The world has little that is good, little that is enduring. Its possessions are for the most part vanity, delusion, and bitterness. Its promises are so often empty, false, and treacherous. Its honors, its pleasures can beget sin, slavery, and apostasy.

God alone possesses every real good. His promises are divine. There is no true honor, no pure and perfect pleasure but in His service.

The world can make me unhappy only by drawing me into sin. Only God can make me happy by making me holy.

Therefore I must forsake the world for God.

In His Divine Goodness God helps me to separate myself from the world. When I have given myself up to it too much, He chastises me. He causes me to suffer through creatures, so that I shall not become attached to them. He makes me feel disgust and aversion for everything that is not Himself.

He gives me the Grace to understand that He is my only good, my one end, and that the world is but a Calvary for me.

With St. Paul I wish to be crucified to the world and wish the world to be crucified to me.

The world has forgotten, has scorned and persecuted Jesus Christ, my God and my divine Spouse. I want to be treated like Him.

Therefore I will struggle with all my strength against inordinate affections for creatures. I wil be on my guard against affections that are not wholly supernatural. I will not let my heart be taken up with creatures, but only with God and with my neighbor in God.

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Sublime words from a great Saint.  There has always, always been those within the Church tempted to try to “sanctify” the world, to make the Church more worldly in order to serve some purported good.  Did not Arius the arch-heretic repudiate Christ’s divinity because believing that God would deign to become Incarnate was offensive to Greek reason?  Did not Calvin the arch-heretic repudiate the Real Presence because thinking God would become literal Food for us, and unite himself to such hideously fallen creatures in such an intimate way, was offensive to “enlightened” Renaissance reason?  Did not the modernists apostasize because they could not reconcile the Faith with their stronger faith in evolutionary biology?  This has always been a deadly danger for the Church.  But we see the world every day, and its allure is so very strong.

Pray for our shepherds!

I phthinkp aye mbmit mah tongnhue noff – NUBPDATEDNH! July 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, silliness.
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Uff da:

Volunteer receives Communion during the World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach

Well, there were 3 million on the beach, supposedly, but apparently all of Pope Francis’ Masses in Rio featured lay people handing out the Blessed Sacrament galore.  There were also bikini babes and shirtless dudes galore.

Fortunately, my tongue will be surgically reattached, and I won’t say anything else.

UPDATE: Oh dear Lord:

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My tongue, my tongue, my poor, poor tongue!

Thanks to all the folks who came out last night July 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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I wanted to thank everyone who came out last night to the Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Mark.  Attendance was up a bit, and that’s great. I’m sorry I sold the schola, only to have them be off last night.  Apparently, they’ll be gone next week, too.  I did not mean to spread disinformation, I just really did not remember their absence.

I also wanted to see what folks thought of the Leonine Prayers after Mass?  That was the first time I’ve ever done that. I felt very weird leading prayers, but thought I’d give it a try, especially since the schola was gone, which made it more of a “low” Mass.  The Leonine Prayers (3 Aves, 1 Salve Regina, 1 Saint Michael, etc) are said after Low Masses in the TLM. Since the schola is usually singing during the Procession, and Kenton then plays the organ, I think this will only be something I do when the schola is absent.  Unless you think it’s dumb, and then I won’t do it at all.  Except maybe for spite.

Heh.

Anyway, I know some of the new faces are also readers of this blog. I’m glad I inspired commenter Paul to come, and I’m sorry I did not get a chance to talk with you after Mass.  I usually stay and pray for a while.  But let me know what you think about the Mass.  We usually don’t have two priests at Mass, but I think there may be two at least off an on for a while.  I pray the assisting priest, Fr. Yamauchi, might have an interest in learning the Novus Ordo Latin Mass. I can say that his Latin has gotten a lot better in the past 2 years!  He didn’t know hardly any a few short years ago!

I would be very glad if this Diocese had a third fourth diocesan priest with an interest in Latin Mass. Who is #3 – that’s a mystery!

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I can’t help liking these guys July 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, persecution, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I know I’ve had some commenters in the past express concern or even dismay regarding my posting items from Tradition, Family, and Property, but I can’t help liking what they do.  I like how they dress, I like how they act, I like their banners, and the bagpipes, and their willingness to get out in public, mix it up, get insulted, and continue to proclaim the Gospel.  I wish we had more Catholics like that. I wish I took more time doing things like that.  At some point, I’m going to have to read their founder’s opus Revolution and Counter-Revolution.

At any rate, TFP Student Action was in Texas recently demonstrating on behalf of the protection of the unborn in several Texas cities, including Austin.  It was in Austin, naturally, that they received their most negative reception.  In fact, from their report here, it sounds like Austin, and especially the UT campus, were about the only places where the response to their pro-life message was not overwhelmingly positive.  Even opposite Texas Tech in Lubbock, they apparently received tremendous support. I am glad for that, as much as I am ashamed that my alma mater is increasingly a den of sexular pagan misanthropes.

The political sociology of their experience in Texas is not surprising.  Austin is liberal, even demonic in places, Round Rock is pretty well split, San Antonio is socially conservative if economically frequently liberal, and Lubbock is across the board Christian conservative. By area, Texas is probably 95% staunchly conservative.  Must be all that immensely wealthy landed property out there in Terrell County.

The complaints of less than 1% of Franciscans of the Immaculate led to the disciplinary action? July 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, martyrdom, persecution, religious, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, the return, Tradition.
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Eponymous Flower is written by a Tancred I’ve never met and know nothing about, save that he is apparently proficient in German. As such, he frequently translates and posts articles from the German-Catholic press which are otherwise unavailable in English.  Tancred has a blockbuster translation today from the German site Katholisches, which claims that only 6, out of over 800, members of the Franciscans of the Immaculate are at the source of this conflict, and that some of those 6 have already left the order:

Six out of 800 members of the order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI) have made a submission to the Roman Congregation for Religious. A small minority. Thus, they protested against the decision of the Order’s leadership, to use the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and to remain bi-ritual for the pastoral care of the faithful. Some of the six dissidents are now no longer in the Order, they were excluded because of disobedience and indiscipline.  [We need to understand that there is no English attribution here, so it’s not a substantiated claim, and it’s not likely it will be] It may be argued that only a pretext was sought for the Congregation of Religious to take action against the exemplary order. The radical intervention erschereckenden [looks like some German slipped through…..] shows a lack of liturgical sensibility. Only such a deficiency may explain a ham fisted methods of this magnitude, which deprives the heart of religious life for four branches with more than 100 monasteries and houses and it seems to be the opinion that the Old Rite being simply replaced by the new is desirable. Upon the disempowerment of the Founder and the imposition of a Commission is expected to prevent a reaction to this by  the Order.

If the numbers above are correct, it is amazing – and highly disturbing – that such a tiny minority (less than 1%) could cause such suffering and disruption in their own religious order. Again, the specificity and totality of the injunction made against the FFI’s ability to offer the TLM is truly unprecedented. I think Tancred makes another valid point, the FFI, always truly faithful and imminently successful, without the slightest taint of scandal, are being treated much more severely than the Legionaires of Christ, whose founder was an utter disgrace not only to the Church, but to every human virtue!  Amazing.  The highly distinguished Italian Church historian Romano Amerio points out, in Italian only, unfortunately, that this latest act is something outside the Church’s Canon Law and normal operation, and speaks to a mode of operation based not on justice and rights, but on will to power.  That might be going a bit far, but Amerio is quite close to Italian FFIs, and so may know of what he speaks.

Certainly, we don’t have many details regarding what has occurred to all the FFI’s leadership.  We know the founder and superior has been removed, but the same occurred to the FSSP and they managed to carry on rather well. In fact, the parallel’s to the infamous Protocol 1411 with regard to the FSSP are too obvious to ignore, as Tancred points out in another post (I had to switch the quoted text to italics, I am still having technical problems with this blog):

 

Secondly, this is the result of a small clique of embittered hostiles who’ve been given an ear in Rome, which has provoked this shakeup.  It brings to mind another shakeup more than a decade ago with Protocal 1411, which many predicted back then, would be the end of the FSSP.  Some will remember that a letter was sent from a small number of society members accusing it of being divisive, rigid and so forth[in point of fact, it was sent by 12 French priests of the Fraternity who felt the Fraternity could better serve souls by offering the Novus Ordo.  The Fraternity was, at that time, being denied the ability to operate in many French Dioceses because of their unwillingness to offer the Novus Ordo. These French members thus thought that, by offering the Novus Ordo in direct contravention of the Fraternity’s founding orientation and charism, they would win over the reluctant/hostile French bishops and be able to serve more souls.  The rest of the Fraternity strongly disagreed and the disaffected priests sought a sympathetic ear in Rome, which they found. Even though the disaffected priests “won” their case in Rome, the Fraternity hasn’t been particularly more welcomed in French dioceses, and most all of those 12 who brought this great “division” on the Fraternity – really, a division of their own making – subsequently left the Fraternity.]  which provoked a ruling down from Rome that despite the Society’s original founding charter, that its priests would only say the Mass of All Ages, that this would be overruled and priests of the Society would therto be permitted to say the Bugninine Liturgy. [At that time, the 12 priests represented about 5% of the Fraternity’s ordained priests, but they fired off a letter to Rome and that’s about all it took to have the Fraternity’s founder, Fr. Josef Bisig, removed, and a technicality added that could, potentially, require Fraternity priests to offer the Novus Ordo.  Thankfully, this potentiality has never been much tested, at least outside France.  The similarities to the FFI case are eerie, but the details are much worse.  Never was there even a threat that the Fraternity would be denied its right to offer the TLM.  But, at present, it is unclear when, if ever, the FFI will be able to regularly offer the TLM again, without special permission from possibly hostile superiors.]

 

At present, Father Stefano Maria Manelli, the 80 year old Franciscans of the Immaculate founder, is currently being replaced along with his board while a Capuchin visitor.  [I briefly mentioned yesterday that Capuchins are, by and large, strong supporters of the “spirit of Vatican II” and hostile towards traditional practice of the Faith.  I cannot overestimate this point, the one Capuchin I know who loves Tradition and the TLM has been all but hounded out of the order and is treated as an outcast.]

 

The troublemakers are said by a source known to us as being Americans who’ve been vocally critical of the “Gheradini line” of loyal criticism engaged upon by Immaculate members. [I should add that in both cases, FFI and FSSP, the mere existence of the TLM and strong adherence to Tradition was claimed by the disaffected members to be “divisive.”  That is a fascinating claim, which perhaps reveals a subtle (or overt) bias against the TLM and Tradition in general, as if such are incompatible with the “new Church.”]

 

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This last quote would appear to be a direct reference to Fr. Angelo Geiger. Certainly, he has waged a war of words against the views of Msgr. Gherardini, Dr. Romano Amerio, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and others who, in a spirit of faithful obedience, question aspects of Vatican II. It appears Fr. Geiger, if he is truly involved, has been successful in his attempts to change the direction of his religious order. Maybe, perhaps, more “successful” than was intended.