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We need a break – here is a meditation on something profoundly positive December 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, priests, reading, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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It’s been a week of heavy news.  For a break, here is a meditation from Fr. Nicholas Gihr’s The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Dogmatically, Liturgically, and Ascetically Explained on God’s infinite Mercy.  A very appropriate topic in this day, no, given the recent emphasis given to mercy?  This exposition, however, might sound a bit different from some of the sentimental paeans to mercy we’ve heard of late:

The happiness of heaven is assuredly with truth called a crown of justice, inasmuch as it is granted as a reward for labor and as a price of victory in combat; yet deep down and at the bottom of all, it is and remains a crown of mercy, that is, the final and greatest of all graces, the highest of all God’s gifts. Yes, in heaven the Lord crowns His own with grace and mercy (Ps. 102, 4). Under many aspects the rendering of creatures eternally happy is a work of divine mercy…..

……If we consider the sum and succession of all the graces from the first to the last including the grace of final perseverance , must we not gratefully acknowledge, that our life is adorned with a rich wreath of divine mercies? Yes, our rescue from eternal perdition is a free and great gift of God’s merciful goodness and predilection: His mercy goes before us (Ps. 58, ii ), accompanies us (Ps. 22, 25), and follows us all the days of our life (Ps. 22, 6). Out of mercy God sent us His Son as a Redeemer; out of mercy He has promised us life eternal; out of mercy He has rescued us from the depths of a life of sin incurred through our own fault, and placed us in the kingdom of His light; out of mercy He has preserved us from innumerable sins and pardoned those committed “seventy times seven times”; out of mercy He knocks at our hearts, admonishes and warns us, directs our destiny in such a manner and so grants us a chain of powerful graces, as to enable us to remain faithful until death and bear off the crown of life. “The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed”……But the action must correspond with the desire. If we wish for the glory of the saints, we must share their labors, sufferings and combats. Through many tribulations only can we enter with all the saints into the joy of the Lord. We should, moreover, remember this, when we beg for “some part and fellow- ship” with the Apostles and Martyrs; for if with them we suffer and die for Christ, with them also shall we be glorified.

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It’s a long but great book.  I don’t know about you, but I surely appreciate Fr. Gihr’s words right now, and the Truth he conveys.

Not doing anything tonight? December 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
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If you don’t have any pressing plans tonight, and want to partake of some good traditional Liturgy AND publicly witness to our Faith, you might consider assisting at the 6:30p Mass at Mater Dei in Irving and participating in the Procession in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe tonight.  Our Lady of Guadalupe is, of course, the patroness of the Americas.  I understand there will be a mariachi band after.  We collectively missed the First Friday devotion at the Carmel this month due to the ice storm, so maybe this could be an alternative for some prayer, witness, and fellowship?

Just a thought for the locals.


Pro-lifers demand women seek permission to leave homes, take aspirin, speak, breathe….UPDATE December 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Christendom, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, self-serving, silliness, Society.
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You’ve got to hand it to the contemporary left, they know which buttons to push.  The diabolically pro-abort Emily’s List has sent out a release to their subscribers (those poor, lost souls) stating that if “House Republicans” have their way (with what?), women will not be allowed to leave their homes, speak, or take an aspirin without “permission.”  I have to wonder, permission from whom?  House Republicans?  There are only 230 odd House Republicans, they’re going to be awfully busy answering the requests of 150 million women…….

But what is frightening, is that Emily’s List may be excitable and leftist, but they are not dumb. They know that kind of talk resonates with the kind of people who subscribe to their list.  Which is pretty incredible when you think about it.  It’s the stupid Handmaid’s Tale grafted onto real life.

What is interesting, is that subjugation of women, at least in Christendom, grew more out of protestant ideals than it did the Catholic ethos.  Women were more subjugated in protestant Prussia of 1800 than they were of Catholic England of 1400. The ultimate bad ideas regarding treating women as property developed from that same protestant ethos that was the precursor to the endarkenment, rationalism, leftism, and all the rest.  So, philosophically speaking, it is the modern left that is really more likely, philosophically, to treat women as chattle than the Catholic Church, one of pro-abort Emily’s biggest enemies.

And don’t we see that every day, in the silence of ostensible feminists in the face of sex-selective abortion, where in some countries the male-female birth rate has become so skewed as to go above 60-40?  But pro-aborts cannot criticize, or even acknowledge, this very elemental attack on women, because to do so would lead to other uncomfortable questions and thoughts regarding abortion overall.  So, they have to largely pretend this nightmare doesn’t exist, and develop pretend boogeymen on the “radical right” who are just hankering to keep women thoroughly subjugated.

Unfortunately, we do see a bit of this kind of hyperbolic on the “right,” as well.  I may even fall prey to such from time to time. When one really cares about a cause – like ending the ceaseless murder of a huge percentage of all infants conceived worldwide – it is possible to go too far.  Looking back, I can see I’ve gone a bit over the top a time or two.  Taking a break, saying a prayer, and asking for some Divine Light on a matter is always a good way to keep from uttering embarrassing, emotional statements.  I should probably heed my own counsel more than I do!

Still, this made me laugh.  I thought it was pretty funny, that the women who make up the majority of the pro-life movement just can’t wait to “go back to a time” when they have to beg their husbands for permission to speak (after 20 years of marriage, even the very idea is so opposite from reality, it’s just ludicrous).  That is so utterly counter to the reality of the pro-life women I know that I just had to burst out laughing when I read it.

I think they’ve run out of ideas.

UPDATE:  Boy am I dumb. I don’t know how I missed this part: “Right now, the only thing that’s keeping the Republican Party out of your doctor’s office and out of your bedroom is the Democratic majority in the Senate.”

Wait, now who is exactly in who’s doctor’s office?  How many MILLIONS of Americans can no longer see their preferred physician due to the legislation rammed through on a strict party line vote by the demonrats?  Which party is causing millions now, and tens of millions next year, to lose their health insurance?  This is probably the most savagely invasive legislation in the history of this nation!  And it’s Republicans who want to invade women’s privacy?

Please.  The left does nothing but project its own prejudices and twisted psychology on its purported enemies. Incredible.

Rorate summarizes recent documents on FFIs, and it isn’t pretty December 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return, Tradition, true leadership.
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Rorate Caeli has helpfully summarized the recent explosion of information on the plight – and boy, do I mean plight – of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate that I have covered extensively this week on this blog.  It’s nice to have all the pieces in one place.

And, linking Rorate allows me to copy some of their analysis, which is a repeat of what they said when this story first broke months ago, in contradiction to many “conservative” pooh-poohers, who said the sacking of the FFIs didn’t have even a slight implication towards the traditional practice of the Faith.

As Rorate notes, there has not been a radical, heretical, unfaithful modernist-progressive order in the Church treated with even half the severity now being applied to the FFIs, now or in the past 50 years.  We are also informed, very clearly, that the intervention and steps being taken against the FFIs – even very recent steps, like the closing of their seminary and persecution of the associated lay orders – is coming directly from the Vicar of Christ.   Rorate:

Notable are Fr. Volpi’s affirmation that the intervention into the Franciscans of the Immaculate was specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ” and his speculation that the FI “has become the battleground of a struggle between different currents in the Curia, with the specific involvement of persons in opposition to the new pontificate of Pope Francis”!…….
……These documents, and especially the two interventions from Fr. Volpi, speak for themselves and confirm what we already knew:the intervention in the Franciscans of the Immaculate was precipitated by their increasing attachment to Traditional Catholic theological positions — not just to the Traditional Latin Mass.  [I think I’ve said as much – yes, the TLM and traditional Liturgy are annoying, but due to Pope Benedict must be permitted. However, the FFIs were also sponsoring publications that took an increasingly critical view of the Council, and there are many powerful people in the Church for whom such criticism cannot be allowed.]

Wealways maintained this position despite the denials and rationalizations invented by some non-expert commentators.  [Rorate, I have come to find, has a lot of inside information.  I would hesitate mightily before contradicting them]One must not feel secure that this will end with the FI — and if we say this, it is because we have a true basis for saying so.[And this is what scares me.  This is not some small matter instigated by strife internal to one order. It is about much broader matters, like the growth in the traditional practice of the Faith and the threat that represents to certain entrenched powers, and preserving the progressive interpretation of the Council.]

[Some really important notes…..]It should be noted for the sake of truth that the accusation of “crypto-lefebvrianism” is a red herring: a religious Congregation that in practice continued to celebrate the Novus Ordo in the great majority of its apostolates even as it made liberal use of the provisions of Summorum Pontificum can scarcely be accused of “Lefebvrist” tendencies! The accusations of “embezzlement” (explained at length in the Dec. 8 letter of Fr. Volpi, the 3rd document in this post) also refer to events that occurred after the appointment of Fr. Volpi, and therefore could not be held as the reason for the Vatican’s intervention. [And thus constitute some dirty pool by Fr. Volpi, trying to get people thinking this embezzlement occurred BEFORE the intervention, and thus that the FFIs were engaged in immoral behavior.  That’s low, but I’m not surprised.]
I don’t think this story is going away.  So where is all that love and tolerance and mercy and opposition to every kind of authoritarianism, now?
The kimchi, it gets deeper and deeper!