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Please pardon this brief editorial departure from our normal standards November 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
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All you leftists out there w******g yourselves off (my apologies folks, should have at least warned you.  Nevertheless, inexcusable, a big failure on my part) calling Dallas the City of Hate because your previous failed “god,” John “pass the girls around, strung out on speedballs” Kennedy happened to be murdered by a communist here (and so you desperately try to deflect that fact by claiming Dallas had some right-wing “climate of hate” before the assassination) can all go…….well, I was originally going to write something reflective of my emotions here, but……….repent and be converted.

Let’s face it, in typical leftist fashion, you are projecting your own hatred of Dallas, as a scion of free-enterprise and conservative values, onto the city itself. You’d hate it no matter what happened to your false hero here, but the assassination just gives you all the more excuse to hate.  In bizarro left-think, Dallas thus becomes “the city of hate,” because you hate it.  In the same way, you try to claim every lone nut with a gun who kills or tries to kill some people is always a right winger, even though more often than not, they are actually crazed leftists like Jared Loughner and James Holmes (who now, btw, appears to be muslim).  Oh, but after you’d pilloried conservatives with these knowing lies, the corrections somehow never get made.

I refuse to take part in this self-loathing.  There was nothing “wrong” with Dallas or anywhere else, in particular, on Nov. 22, 1963, that precipitated the Kennedy assassination.  In fact, what was wrong was a very sick little man filled with typical leftist hate, who wanted to bring down a president who was not the peasnluv liberal you’ve so desperately spent 50 years making him out to be, but was actually an inept dilettante and  Cold War hawk who massively expanded the US defense budget and strategic nuclear arsenal after taking office.  At this point,  your fingers are in your ear and you’re screaming “no no no” so I’ll leave it at that.

From a Catholic perspective, there is every reason to pray for John F. Kennedy’s soul. Given his propensity to take intoxicating drugs daily, and his near-nonstop infidelities, ruminating on his state of Grace when assassinated is a frightful prospect to consider.  No matter what a disaster he was as president – and he was a substantial one, especially in terms of foreign policy – he likely needs our prayers.  I’ll pray for him.

Some Church beauty for you November 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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There is a truly gorgeous parish in New Bedford, Mass – St. Anthony of Padua.  I found out about it because some Franciscan of the Immaculate nuns attached in some way to that parish were visiting our local TLM parish.  Nuns, it seems, rate private Masses! Good for them.  The nuns were awesome. I did not get a chance to speak with them, if I had, I would have surely polled their opinions on the repression of Summorum Pontificum for their order.  Or limitations, whatever, for the pedantics.

Nonetheless, in finding out a bit about the nuns, I stumbled on this St. Anthony of Padua. They don’t build churches like this anymore, which is an enormous shame:

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Apparently, the parish has a very elaborate lighting system with different colors that can be used to accent different parts of the nave, sanctuary, side altars, etc., depending on the season, the time of day, etc.  .  They have what looks like a solid gold figurine of the Good Shepherd at the opening of the Tabernacle on a side altar – you can sort of see that above.

What does a church like this say about the people who built it?  It was constructed around 110-120 years ago.  Even people with no attachment to the Church – or even a hostility to the Church – can recognize the beauty that is reflected here.  And the sacrifice.  I was speaking with someone the other day, and we both reflected on how eager we would be to sacrifice – even a great deal – to help build a church with something of the glory of this one.  I hear some people say – especially those who look for reasons NOT to build a glorious structure like this – that we simply can’t build churches like this anymore. That the skills don’t exist to do so.  But then again, there are some really beautiful churches being built here and there – perhaps not as ornate and amazingly detailed as this one, but quite beautiful, nonetheless.  It’s not exactly to my taste, but the chapel at Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Alabama is one example.

Given how much wonderful church art is being ripped out of parishes all over Europe, literally hundreds a year, as they are being closed down, and sold at literally fire sale prices, it seems like taking the time and effort to build an amazing church like this one, which could stand for 1000 years if properly cared for, is actually quite possible.

Anything in the universe is possible given enough time, and money.  We sent 24 men to the moon, for Heaven’s sake.  I’m sure this church wasn’t built in a day.  I’m sure it took enormous effort to make it happen.  So much the better, for the greater glory of God.