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Abortion mistress lies again January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I could not believe what I heard in the video below. The abortion industry, demonic to its core, survives strictly on lies.

Well, the NARAL witch below lays a whopper on the audience, stating that the number of abortions pre- and post- Roe v. Wade were essentially equal, and that the big difference Roe provided was that women were no longer dying in the streets in their hundreds of thousands with coat hangers hanging out of their privates.

As I should not even have to say, this is a complete, utter, total, diabolical lie.  The abortion industry’s own data shows that the number of abortions prior to Roe v. Wade was orders of magnitude less than it was after abortion was made legal. And the best studies show that the numbers of women who suffered serious complications from so-called “back alley” abortions (usually performed in a local doctor’s office with a wink and a nod) in the late 60s was in the hundreds, not hundreds of thousands or millions.  In point of fact, more women today are probably sterilized, bleed to death, suffer perforations of the uterus, or other problems in greater numbers when abortion is “safe, legal, and rare” than they did prior to its legalization.

Abortion rates skyrocketed incredibly after legalization, as, duh, both abortion advocates and common sense says they would.  In 1972, there weren’t 50,000 abortions performed in this country, but in 1975 there were 1.3 million.

I hate abortion.

I’m glad Lila Rose does a good job rebutting these lies below.

This is one of many issues that come down to Grace. Those so cut off from God and inured in sin that they can’t even respond to the natural law will simply not be converted on reason.  They are beyond human reach.  All we can do is pray for them, but boy is it frustrating to see them spin their web of lies.

Music and salvation January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Interior Life, sanctity, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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This is a pretty good talk below.  I still struggle with this a bit.  I still have a certain appetite for music that is probably disordered. The kind of country music I listen to most (and that’s not real often) is kind of borderline, I think. I know one FSSP priest used to listen to it alot. The rock n’ rolla is pretty rare nowadays.

The point of the video below is that the music we listen to does affect us in ways that we often don’t recognize, and that some of those ways can be disordered to the life of virtue.  Music that sharpens you up for a bit of the ol’ ultra violence is probably something we need to avoid.  Of course, Alex de Large got twisted off on Beethoven, so your mileage may vary.

Seriously, though, this is a good topic. I do know that Gregorian Chant almost always relaxes me.  Classical can vary – I like it more than I used to, but some of it is still grating.  Some folks had really strong connections with certain kinds of music in their past (possibly sinful, or least less faithful) lives, and hearing that music can cause them to fall away pretty badly.  At least, I’ve had others describe such to me.  I guess the old skater songs are out.

How to evangelize those outside the Faith January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I think this accords with a comment skeinster left the other day.  I just read this in a nice book from 1925 called The Mother of God and Her Glorious Feasts.  In a chapter on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, it discusses how St. Dominic preached to and converted many of the heretical Albigensians.   There is some food for thought, here, including for me, even though this blog has always been more oriented towards confirming the faithful than converting those outside the Faith (although, it has played a role in that a few times):

IT may be asked then what are we to do with a view to instructing those outside the faith?  We must, like St. Dominic, teach the simple Christian doctrine and we may answer the objections of and give information to those who are sincerely anxious to know the Truth. The Church spread throughout the great pagan Roman Empire by the preaching of the Gospel, aided by the blood of Martyrs and the prayers of the faithful. [and, I might add, the visible witness to sanctity evidenced by some early Christians, especially the great Virgins and Martyrs]  When a nation or an individual loses the Faith, it is never for intellectual reasons nor because they cannot harmonize the beliefs of the Church with their philosophy of life. The Faith is lost through the loss of Grace owing to absence of prayer and through the commission of sin. [This is very true. It also should be illuminating to think on this, and the great revolution/apostasy that occurred, or really revealed itself, in the 1960s. Many think it was because error/revolutionary ideas started to be taught at that time, but Vatican II did not occur in a vacuum.  A large number of folks had already stopped practicing the Faith in a serious manner before the Council ever occurred, or the errors would not have been accepted.  There is also a correlation between great material comfort, and the “absence of prayer/commission of sin” noted above.  People tend to fall away from God when they are fat, dumb, and happy, as the saying goes.] The Faith in a country is preserved by the teaching of Christian Doctrine and by the self-sacrificing lives of the faithful.  Sanctity is only self-denial for the love of God. Some perform self-sacrificing actions, but for some worldly motive, and so that is not sanctity. The marks of true sanctity are prayer, self-denial, and zeal for God’s glory.  [I think this paragraph is as good a one-paragraph summation of how to practice the Catholic Faith as I’ve read, as well as it’s opposite, how to fall away]

When St. Dominic found that his arguments were of no value, he had recourse to the Mother of God, who has always been the consoler of the afflicted and the help of all those who carry on works for the salvation of souls. This sweet mother told the Saint to lay aside the arguments and begin the teaching of the simple Christian Doctrine.  The message of the angel to Mary was the beginning of the work of Redemption, and St. Dominic taught the people to repeat the Angelic Salutation, which at once reminded them of the great mystery of the Incarnation.  St. Dominic at once gave up his arguments with the heretics and began to teach the people to pray to Mary by repeating the Hail Mary.  While he repeated the Our Fathers and the Hail Marys, he taught the people in simple language some mystery of Our Lord’s life.  [and that is how the Rosary developed into a meditation on Our Blessed Lord’s entire Incarnation, Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection] In a short time the people gave up their heresy and returned once more to the practice of their religion. [Well, not exactly. St. Dominic did convert tens of thousands back to the Faith, but there was a hard core of heretics who refused to do so, and so a war broke out to crush these dangerous Moslemizers (Albigensianism being a heresy that developed under the Moorish/Arian idea . St. Dominic literally backed away from the area because he realized he could do no more with people so lost in error and sin. The Albigensian heresy developed into a full-blown Crusade.]  We see here the importance of prayer in the work of salvation.  Prayer removes the obstacles to the reception of Grace, and simple instruction will do the rest. Prayer obtains everything from God, simply because one who prayer prepares his soul for the sees of Grace and sanctification, and if only heretics and those outside the Church could be induced to pray, they would very soon receive the gift of faith.  The absence of prayer means the absence of Grace, so the evils of sin and heresy are all due in the final result to the want of prayer.

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Beautiful!  So, pray!  That’s the most important part!  Struggling with sin?  Pray!  Feel discouraged? Pray!  Desperately want to convert a family member?  Pray, but also try to get them to say some simple Catholic prayers.  Either the Hail Mary, the Our Father, or something from a prayer card. Short and sweet. Try to get your loved one to make a commitment to say a given prayer for a certain number of days, then, everyday.  If they will agree to that, a great and surprising miracle may occur.  I have read stories from Saints of literally hundreds of such conversions, people who were totally outside the Faith but had been induced to pray a Hail Mary every day, miraculously converting at some point.

Don’t give up!  It’s never too late to convert a loved one (or anyone) until they have breathed their last!

 

Reader request – good Catholic youth books January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, fun, General Catholic, reading, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I did a post earlier this week about a very nice book for young people on St. Therese called Little Therese. It is a very sweet book, probably better for girls than boys, but I found a good bit of merit in it even as an adult. A reader asked if I could make some more suggestions.  Your wish is my command. I must note, however, that these suggestions come almost totally from the Our Lady of Victory School/Lepanto Press offerings. I don’t think you will find anything problematic there.

But, I can share some of the books my kids have particularly enjoyed:

Flame of White: A biography of the last pope made a Saint, Pope St.Pius X.  This is a very good biography, I’ve read it, but it’s written at a pretty high level.  It would probably not be good for younger kids, but great for teens and strong readers in the 11-12 year range.

The Outlaws of Ravenhurst: A story set in the horrific persecution of Catholic in 17th Century Britain.  It really conveys how much faithful Catholics suffered, how their lands were taken and how ANY outward show of Faith could lead to swift and severe retribution.  This book can be painful to read at times, as the unjust and even diabolical persecutions unfold.  But it is a very important book and shows how faithful Catholics can keep their Faith AND practice virtue in the face of horrifying obstacles.  I highly recommend it.

A Tale of the Wars of the Roses (aka Grisly Grisell) – I have not read this book, but my 12 year old liked it alot.  It is set during the 15 century War of the Roses, a dispute in the succession between the powerful Lancaster and York families in England. The book features a lot of action and battles scenes, so it may appeal primarily to boys, but the book focuses on a heroine.  More great examples of virtue in times of strife.

The Sea Devil’s Fo’C’Sle: Set in more modern times, this is the possibly embellished biography of a German sailor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  This is not a book about the Catholic Faith, nor is it meant to convey a virtuous message, but it is filled with all manner of sea tales from the ridiculous to the moving.  The stories are very engaging and the sharp, though not unmixed with the tragedies that used to be such a common occurrence at sea.  Moms and dads might want to peruse it a bit, but we’ve read it to our kids and they really like it.  There is plenty of adventure and a great deal of humor, to boot.

Mr. Pudgins: Also not a Catholic book, and probably more suited to younger kids, Mr. Pudgins is the story of the adventures of a magical old man babysitter and the kids he keeps highly entertained.  It makes very fun reading.

Pookie puts the World Right: Gorgeously illustrated but hard to find, any of the Pookie series by Ivy Wallace are very worth getting, if you can find them.  They are very sweet books that some of my younger girls have enjoyed tremendously.

The Little World of Don Camillo:  Set in immediately post-war northern Italy, in the Po River valley, the Don Camillo series of books describe what life was like in that place and time in intimate detail.  The associated movies do a magnificent job, as well.  The books pit a very traditional priest, Don Camillo, against the town’s grasping communist mayor.  They have all manner of conflicts, but in the end, the Catholic Faith keeps the communist from going too much off the rails.  In these books, I find myself outraged by the commies and loving Don Camillo.  Probably more suited for older boys. Other titles in the series include Don Camillo Takes the Devil by the Tail, Comrade Don Camillo, and Don Camillo Meets the Flower Children, set in the post-VII timeframe.  I haven’t read the last, but Don Camillo apparently has a hard time adjusting to the new ways imposed after Vatican II.   I will say the narration of the book is told from the perspective of the author, who was something of a liberal Catholic.  The narrator also provides what he feels is “Christ’s” point of view on some of these conflicts, through a talking Crucifix that only Don Camillo can hear, and this “Jesus” is a bit on the liberal side.  Other than that, the books are solid and enjoyable, they were some of Pope Benedict’s favorites.

The Guantlet – I have not read this one, but it’s a very adventurous story set in 14th century Wales, featuring Norman knights, chivalry, archery, tournaments, feasts, etc.  “A finely authentic picture of life in the 14th century.”

Dominic Savio Teenage Saint: My second oldest daughter likes this book a lot. I have not read it, but I have been told by others it’s very good.  Sorry it’s so high now, we did not pay anything like that!

St. Fernando III – A book for older kids/teens, I haven’t read it but I am told it’s quite good.

The Story of a Family:  A history of the glorious Martin family, which has thus far produced a Saint/Doctor of the Church, two Blesseds, and a Servant of God!  This is the definitive biography of the Martin family, how they lived, how they raised their kids, and how Louis and Zelie aided each other in fulfilling the prime duty of Catholic spousehood – sainthood.  My local priest told me he wished every family would read this book.  He also advised me to become friends with Louis and Zelie Martin by talking to them through prayer.  I highly, highly recommend this book.

Hopefully that will get you started!  There were a few other suggestions in the comments at the original post.

If you have more suggestions, please share them.

 

Upcoming Fun at the Carmel! January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Two wonderful events upcoming at the Dallas Carmel –

Sister Maria Consuelo will make her First Profession of Vows tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am.

I have to say, we went to Sr. Miguela’s First Profession two weeks ago and it was wonderful.  There is so much Grace just hanging around the nuns and especially getting to visit with them on these special days through the grill.

And then we have First Friday All Night Adoration week after next!  That is Friday, Feb. 7.  The Holy Face devotion is Feb. 2.

All details below for First Friday:

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