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Pope Francis to consecrate world to Mary this Sunday October 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, sadness, secularism, Society, Tradition, Victory.
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Just a reminder, Pope Francis is to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This plan does not include a specific mention of Russia, as so many faithful Catholics and believers in Fatima would so very much like and appreciate. Many of us feel that the Church – and the world – will continue to be chastised until Our Lady’s demand (for it wasn’t a request) is specifically satisfied. But such an act would cut dramatically against the ecumenical emphasis of the post-conciliar Church.

Nonetheless, it is an event of the utmost significance.  While I will continue to pray that Pope Francis, or some Pope, will one day accede to Our Lady’s request, I am very gratified to see the world – once again – consecrated to the Blessed Mother.  Our Lady Herself did intimate that Her requested consecration would certainly one day occur, even though it might be “late.”  She also rather strongly implied that the Church and world would have to suffer a great deal before that occurred.  I think it very difficult not to see that Our Lady, once again, forecast events exactly as they have transpired.

Some might believe that consecrating “everything,” that is, the world, really means consecrating nothing, for a consecration by its very definition implies a setting apart. I won’t comment on that.  But I think there is always value in highlighting Our Blessed Mother’s role in salvation and the life of Grace and virtue.  I think in this time when so much of the world is selfishly turning away from God and their fellow man, bringing the very greatest example of humble service and self-denial to the forefront is a great act of charity and pastoral service. I pray many people will pay attention to this consecration.  I know the mass media will ignore it, but perhaps many souls will be touched through non-traditional sources like blogs and other social media.

At any rate, tomorrow is sure to be a blessed day.  Saturdays are always specially consecrated to Our Lady, anyways.

Modern paganism is an assault on womanhood October 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, Our Lady, priests, reading, religious, sanctity, shocking, sickness, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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I read the following excerpt in Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year, and felt that it was very much apropos of our current cultural calamity.  Mind you, Dom Prosper wrote this about 150 years ago, and he could lament how the dignity of womanhood was under assault then, when rationalism, modernism, and all the other -ism’s that have produced pagan atheism were still in their relative infancy.  One shudders to think of the condemnation Dom Prosper would have for our culture today, but I was amazed by how prescient Gueranger’s comments were, and how much society has continued along the same line of collapse he so plainly foresaw.  What is absolutely amazing and revelatory in Gueranger’s comments, however, is the vital role the Mother of God plays in giving vitality and even sanctity to Catholic womanhood (taken from the reading for October 11, Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Vol. 14 pp. 463-4, I add emphases and comments):

…..we are reminded of another result of the loss of devotion to the Mother of God. Frequently and truly we hear and speak of the “paganism” of the present age. [While paganism in 1860 might have been still nascent, today, it is obvious]  The decay of faith has been followed inevitably by a decline in morality, and our elaborate and complex civilization is threatened with the dissolving agent which contributed in no small measure to the overthrow of the magnificent civilization of old Rome: namely, the loss of the domestic virtues, the disappearance of healthy, normal family life, consequent upon the abandonment of the Christian ideals of marriage and parenthood. [Indeed.  The very materialism, driven by wealth and ease, that I think has played such a huge role in people losing sight of the things of God, is being undone by the inevitable consequences of that atheism!  Small families, no families, sexual deviancy, all these things are eating away not only at the fabric of the culture, but they are undermining economic growth and potential to a degree that collapse seems all but unavoidable at this point.  There is no question that men tend to turn to God when times are bad, and away when times are good.  Well, the times have been, historically speaking, very, very good going on two or more centuries now, and the chastisement that results in a return to God could be very painful indeed.  Our Blessed Lord does tend to work in mysterious ways.]

It is a truism that one of the greatest social effects of Christianity was to raise the status of womanhood. [This is so very true. Christianity was the driver for the elimination of all manner of social evils, from slavery to denigration of women to widespread abortion and sexual immorality.  As Christianity, and especially Catholicism, have been sluffed off, all those evils have come roaring back.] Her legal position in the Ancient World was little better than that of a slave[some feminist’s head just exploded]  and although classical literature furnishes us with examples of women who, in pagan homes, yet enjoyed high honour and affection, such are few indeed, and but serve to prove the rule. Divorce, infanticide, general degradation of womanhood, and not infrequently of childhood, were accepted features of the pagan social order[They are features of ALL pagan social orders, apparently, because they are certainly features of our current, increasingly pagan culture]  The ideal and model of the “new woman” of the Christian dispensation was the Mother of God. It was Mary, “Mother of fair love,” “Madonna,” “our Lady,” who ennobled the degenerate old civlization, just as she tamed the fierce barbarian peoples; she it was who inspired the ideals of the later chivalry. In Mary, all her sex was uplifted; in her motherhood all motherhood became blessed. Now again the world needs the hallowing influence of the Mother of God and of men, if “the life of the family, the beginning and the foundation of all human society” (Pope Pius XI) is to be preserved in all its nobility and its purity.

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What a great excerpt!  Amazingly prescient.  I cannot recommend The Liturgical Year series enough. It is available online for free in various forms. Read it every day!  It will shock you how much depth of theology and pastoral practice there is in every feast day, major or minor!

How can there not be a cause of canonization for Dom Prosper Gueranger!  He’s fantastic!

Actually, I know why.  Can you guess?

Some good news from Rome? October 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Papa, religious, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition.
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At variance with my post from yesterday, which I was quite troubled over, here is some good news from Rome.  This Pope Francis, he is very difficult to pigeonhole, as he speaks as a modernist to some and then of the devil in a manner little heard from pontiffs in decades.   Here is a report from yesterday’s sermon on the reality of satan (I add emphasis and comments):

Christians must always guard against the deceit of the devil, said Pope Francis at Friday’s morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope underlined that Christians cannot follow the victory of Jesus over evil “halfway”, nor confuse or relativize truth in the battle against the devil. [But yet, pagan religions provide something of “great value” and are worthy of the Pope’s high esteem?]

Jesus casts out demons, and then someone offers explanations “to diminish the power of the Lord,” he said. The Pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel and immediately underlined that there is always the temptation to want to diminish the figure of Jesus, as if he were “a healer at most” and so as not to take him “so seriously”. It is an attitude, he observed, that has “reached our present day”. [I totally agree. But how does this square with many other statements from the Pope?]

There are some priests who, when they read this Gospel passage, this and others, say: ‘But, Jesus healed a person with a mental illness’. They do not read this, no? It is true that at that time, they could confuse epilepsy with demonic possession; but it is also true that there was the devil! And we do not have the right to simplify the matter, as if to say: ‘All of these (people) were not possessed; they were mentally ill’. No! The presence of the devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the devil, with the victory of God over the devil.

That last paragraph is all very true, and in this case the Holy Father seems to be casting aspersions at modernist attempts to turn Christ into just a man. I have read theories that when Pope Francis espouses traditional views like this, it is simply bird food for the Catholic pigeons, craving something of orthodoxy.  But I think that’s an overly harsh assessment. I think the Pope is being genuine here.  He seems to almost be a man of two parts, one part says very traditional, orthodox things, and the other part says rather radical, disconcerting things.  Perhaps a necessary survival mechanism in today’s Church?  But it is very difficult for me to rationalize these many varied statements in my mind and form them into some kind of cohesive whole.  Either Pope Francis has a complex theology that he has only begun to reveal, and which may prove well beyond some of us, or………..I’m not sure what, there are a whole litany of possibilities, few of them good.

In another note, also part glorious and part troubling, Pope Francis has eschewed the normal process of canonization again and raised Blessed Angela of Folgino to the altars.  Holy Mother Church has a new Saint:

The Catholic Church gets a new saint: Francis Pope extended the local worship of Angela of Foligno (1248-1309) officially to the entire world church, and added the Italian to the catalog of saints. As the Vatican announced on Friday, the Pope approved a corresponding submission by the prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato. Angela of Foligno was thus raised, 320 years after her beatification, without a formal canonization process for the glory of the altars. Pope Innocent X. had beatified her in 1693.

Probably born in 1248 in central Italy, Angela Foligno was known for her mystical experiences, whom a related Franciscan Brother Arnaldo chronicled. The married mother of several children, she belonged to the Franciscan branch for non-clergy, called the Third Order. During a pilgrimage to Assisi in 1285, she had a spiritual awakening. Then she sold her possessions
gathered like-minded people around and dedicated herself to the poor and lepers.

I don’t know much of Blessed Angela of Folgino, though I have a book about her I haven’t yet gotten to reading, and won’t for a while, as almost all my books are boxed up right now, pending the move.

Is it troubling, that the process of canonization has been bypassed again, or is the sanctity of Blessed Angela so well known as to make such an act understandable, even inevitable?

I don’t know.  These things are getting well beyond me.