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If the liturgical reform failed totally, is it time to revisit Sacrosanctum Concilium? December 4, 2013

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I saw a post at Louis Verricchio’s blog that discusses the more radical aspects of Sacrosanctum Concilium.  For those that don’t know, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) is the Vatican II document on the reform of the Sacred Liturgy.  It was the first document promulgated at Vatican II, and set the tone for the rest with its either/or or “declaration followed by obfuscation” format.  While Verricchio raised a number of valid concerns in making his point (which is that while many conservative Catholics try to point to SC as a “conservative” document of VII, there are many problematic statements in it that have been used to make very destructive changes to the Mass), I was struck by how much the reform of – or revolution against – the Liturgy has failed according to the goals set out in SC itself.

The entire reform of the Liturgy proposed at Vatican II was sold as being one that would dramatically improve the practice of the Faith in the lives of all the faithful.  It was also supposed to make the Liturgy irresistibly attractive to protestants and those in other schismatic/heretical sects. In short, the “reform” was sold as being the main harbinger of that great new springtime that was so hoped for back in the days of the Council.  This is apparent from the opening paragraph of SC, which states:

1. This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy. 

While the reform (or destruction, according to many experts) of the Roman Rite was supposed to instill “increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful,” what we have seen, from any metric one could care to choose, is the exact opposite!  We have seen a deeper, faster and more universal collapse in the practice of the Faith – especially in Mass attendance! – than in ANY other period in the entire history of the Church!

Whatever changes were made to the Mass, which were intended to “adapt it more suitably to the needs of our own times,” (and what hubris in THAT statement!), that adaptation has apparently failed spectacularly.  Not only has Mass attendance collapsed, but so has participation in almost all other aspects of the life of the Faith, from Confession to Adoration (which, in many places, is still actively debased as “medieval superstition”) to material support for the Church to personal prayer life to…….I could go on and on, but they have all fallen precipitously.

Furthermore, the reformed Liturgy has failed to attain the union it set out to achieve, either through attracting more converts or – and this was incredibly dubious from the start – resulting in a single, universal “mass” used by mainline protestant sects and the Church.  In fact, this dream was impossible from the start, because only the Lutherans and Anglicans had retained enough semblance of the Mass to make such a union possible.  But so very, very much was lost in the futile attempt.  Things have gotten so bad, now, that at ecumenical confabs with orthodox Lutherans and Catholics present, the Lutherans are frequently scandalized by the impious handling of the Blessed Sacrament and casual disregard for the sacred!  If anything, the Novus Ordo has turned off more of the separated sects than it has attracted!

Again, I could keep going on and on, showing how each individual aim of the reform of the Liturgy, as outlined in Sacrosanctum Concilium, has apparently failed, and massively.  I could quote statistic after statistic showing the collapse in the practice of the Faith in this country and around the world.

But instead of beating this dead horse, I’ll simply ask a question – if the reform has so manifestly failed in ALL its stated objectives, perhaps it is time to end the experiment and return to the timeless Liturgy of the Church?  Or, I’ll ask another way – why do converts make up a hugely disproportionate number of those who find their way to the Traditional Latin Mass?

Could it be the Mass the starry-eyed reformers were looking for, dreaming of a single Liturgy to unite all the “separated brethren,” is the one they had all along?

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Defend Our Lady’s Honor from horrific lesbian blasphemy! December 4, 2013

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A radical homosexualist play on the Passion of Our Most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is coming to Dallas. Called “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” this nightmare of blasphemy and indecency features the Blessed Virgin as a lesbian and a full cohort of other homosexual characters in a play that mocks and belittles Christian belief.

A protest is being organized for Sunday, December 8 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) outside the Kalita Humpries Theater on tony Turtle Creek Blvd.  All details below.  The vigil starts at 1pm and goes to 2p.  This will be a peaceful prayer vigil featuring the Rosary and other Marian devotions. Our_Lady_of_La_Salette_statue

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 8,  2013
TIME: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
PLACE: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, TX 75219 (Meet at intersection of Turtle Creek Road and Lemmon Ave. East)

 

BRING FRIENDS.  BRING FAMILY.  BRING A BUS!

 

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I will point out, this vigil is being organized by Tradition, Family, and Property/America Needs Fatima.  But don’t let that stop you from showing up, if you have a problem with that group.  This is about defending the honor of Our Blessed Mother.  If we want the culture to change, we’re going to have to step up and make it change.  At the very least, I think Our Lady’s immaculate virtue demands redress of this assault.

One a final note, these boneheads can’t even get basic theology right, the play – as so often happens in popular culture – confuses the Incarnation and Birth of Christ with the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother.

How about it, Mater Dei-ers?  Shouldn’t we get a group together and go over after Mass?

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The Stations of the Cross aren’t just for Lent…. December 4, 2013

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…..Advent, being another season of especially focused prayer and penance, is also a great time to focus on the purpose of Our Lord’s Incarnation, His Passion, Death, and eventual Resurrection.

The great Saint Peter Julian Eymard thought the Stations were suited for any time of the year, but especially the more penitential seasons.  From Vol. 3 of the Eymard Library, Eucharistic Stations of the Cross:

Saint Eymard rated the Stations of the Cross among the most important exercises……Long experience had taught him to find in the Wounds of Jesus the forgiveness, the peace, and all those graces for which the soul hungers while on retreat.  Right up to his death, he made the Stations of the Cross every day, in the evening, even after the fullest and most wearisome day’s work.  Therefore he recommended this devotion as one whose full value he knew. In the beautiful words of The Following of Christ: “In the Cross is salvation, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection against the enemy, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of heart, in the Cross is joy of spirit.

But to the Eucharistic soul, Calvary is the altar, and the Divine Crucified One is Jesus Hostia. [Jesus in the Host]  It hears Crucifixion with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist_ANTONIO DA FIRENZEround about the outcries of the throng against Him Who answers only with the silence of the lamb; it sees into the plots of the scribes and pharisees; it knows the bargaining of these new Judases who sell to the demon in their souls, to their vices, to their self-interest, the good Master who has just given Himself to them in the kiss of Communion.  Every day it sees Jesus in His Eucharist delivered up, denied by cowardice and human respect. The Holy Eucharist is the Passion continued and renewed!

What?  But Jesus is glorious, immortal, impassable in the Blessed Sacrament!  Why picture Him to us as suffering, when He can suffer no more and as humiliated when He reigns as King triumphant?

It is true, and very fortunate that Jesus Eucharist can die no more, that men’s hatred could wreak itself upon His sacred Person only once at Jerusalem!  What priest would cause Jesus to come down upon an altar that would be a bloody Calvary for Him?

But do sins, insults, and sacrileges wound the living heart of Jesus Hostia less grievously because He is beyond the physical reach of the tortures which our arms of flesh would make Him undergo?

Do not men, inspired by what can only be an infernal rage, make every effort to torment Him?

The Passion continues therefore at our hand; it continues at the hand of tormentors ravening after a Victim At the foot fo the cross_statueWho, though continually immolated by their efforts and desires, ever escapes their blows and Who finds in this Passion, as in an inexhaustible fountainhead, a deathless and glorious life.…..

……..The connection between Calvary and the Holy Eucharist is so close that no soul can enter truly and at all intimately into union with Jesus Hostia without feeling the need of consoling Him, of compassionating sufferings the mode and reason of which it does not understand but which are very real to its love. 

To meditate before the Blessed Sacrament on the Passion as it took place in Jerusalem is not enough for this soul: it feels in its heart that the Passion still continues.  It is the Eucharistic Passion of Jesus with which it wishes to sympathize. Custodia

A sweet inspiration, one which must give so much joy to the Heart of Jesus!  For He complained to Saint Margaret Mary in such poignantly sorrowful terms that He received this compassion too rarely from his forgetful children!

To us who wish to know an honor the mystery of the Holy Eucharist in all its aspects belongs the beautiful mission of meditating frequently upon the Eucharistic Passion; it is for us to compassionate and weep for so many insults and profanations and to undertake reparation for them. Jesus no longer suffers now: He wishes to suffer in us and to prolong in His members, for the glory of God and the salvation of sinners, the martyrdom which He, our glorious Head, first endured so generously; He gave us the example and opened the way to us. 

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So go to the Stations during this Advent!  Offer up prayer and reparation for all the sins and insults directed against Our Blessed Lord in the Tabernacle!  Pray for the conversion of those who constantly receive the Lord unworthily, heaping condemnation upon themselves!  Pray especially for the conversion of those lost in sins of intemperance and impurity!

 

Novena Litany for Our Lady of Guadalupe December 4, 2013

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.  Instead of partaking in neo-pagan “Aztec dance” to commemorate the conversion of what both eminent historians Dr. Warren Carroll and Dr. Christopher Dawson describe as the most satanic culture the world has ever seen, why don’t we focus on the reason for that most incredible of conversions, the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe?  That apparition initiated the most fantastic process of conversion in the history of the Church, with tens of millions ranging from the Rio Bravo del Norte to the Central American jungles converting to the Faith over the period of just a couple of decades, a Faith these millions had previously been incredibly resistant to.  That miraculous change of heart is what signifies the greatness of this Marian apparition.  Let us not glorify, then, that long dead culture which practiced human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale, let us focus on the source of its conversion and sanctification.

Find below a Novena Litany for Our Lady of Guadalupe, one I am told is approved by Raymond Cardinal Burke:

Litany of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.Our-Lady-of-Guadalupe-with-children
Christ, graciously hear us.
God our Heavenly Father, Creator through whom we live,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, the One who owns what is near and beyond,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy of us.
Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
pray for us.*
Holy Mary, Mother of America,
Holy Mary, Star of the New Evangelization,
Holy Mary, Perfect and Ever Virgin,
Holy Mary, Mother of the True God,
Holy Mary, Mother worthy of honor and veneration,
Holy Mary, Mother most merciful,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who love you and have confidence in you,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who cry to you and search for you,
Holy Mary, Mother who cures all our pains, miseries, and sorrows,
Holy Mary, Mother who remedies and alleviates our sufferings,
Holy Mary, Mother who keeps us within her compassionate and merciful gaze,
Holy Mary, Mother who shows us her help, love and compassion,
Holy Mary, Mother who chooses those who are humble and simple,
Holy Mary, Mother who graciously repays all who serve her,
Holy Mary, Mother who has us under her shadow and protection,
Holy Mary, Mother who carries us in her embrace,
Holy Mary, Fountain of our joy,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,380638207_543e609c62
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

Almighty and Eternal God, your message of mercy, entrusted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, invites all your children to place all their trust in you. Through the intercession of the mother of your Son, may your message of Merciful Love inflame our hearts that we may be faithful heralds and instruments of this Divine Mercy to the world.

(Mention your intentions)

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

If you desire a more traditional Novena in preference to the Litany, here is one:

Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to THY message in Mexico I venerate THEE as the Virgin Mother of the true God for whom we live, the Creator of all the world, Maker of heaven and earth. In spirit I kneel before thy most holy image which thou didst miraculously imprint upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego, and with the faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims who visit thy shrine, I beg thy for this favor:

[Mention your request].

Remember, O Immaculate Virgin, the words thou hast spoken to thy devout client: “I am a merciful mother to thee and to all thy people who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. I listen to their lamentations and solace all their sorrows and sufferings.” I beg thee to be a merciful mother to me, because I sincerely love thee and trust in thee and invoke thy help. I entreat thee, our Lady of Guadalupe, to grant my request, if this should be the will of God, in order that I may bear witness to thy love, thy compassion, thy help and protection. Do not forsake me in my needs.

Recite “Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us” and Hail Mary three times.

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There is also another version of the Novena here.

I know I’m loading  you up with lots of Novenas, but offer it up!  It’s Advent, we’re supposed to be praying and mortifying ourselves A LOT more!

Might I suggest you offer this Novena for the intention of all those who have fallen into sins of impurity? Our Lady, especially Our Lady of Guadalupe, is such a grand model of purity

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