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I was at a Requiem Mass today February 6, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, sadness, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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A local mother of 14 – yes, fourteen – died suddenly and unexpectedly in an accident earlier this week.  Would you please, in your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Helen D?  Perhaps you might say a prayer for her family, including her adopted children.  God bless you.

It was a beautiful Requiem Mass.  I love the Libera Me sung after the Mass:

I did my usual lousy job recording a small part of the prayers over the catafalque after Mass:

One thing I can say, is that there was no instant canonization at this Mass.  We were counseled to pray, and pray hard, for the repose of the soul of the deceased.  That will be us, one day.

That’s it for today, I think.


Local traditional priest says forget that rubbish, Tolkien OK February 6, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, reading, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I know that post on Tolkien I did on Monday sparked quite a bit of controversy. I am gratified I did not take a strong stand, either way.  I did find it troubling, to a degree, even if fantasy/myth just isn’t my thing.  But a local reader spoke to a local priest about it – this priest being familiar with Tolkien’s writings – and he dismissed the criticism as “rubbish.”

He alluded to the fact that Beowulf is a Christian fantasy and found criticism of LOTR trivial compared to the truly monstrous, egregious stuff out there in the culture now.  I certainly agree with that . One thought I had in the whole imbroglio was…….are we just supposed to read the Bible and Saints, then?  We can’t have any diversion that is not directly, strictly related to the Faith and sanctification?

I am also told the priest who posted this criticism of Tolkien is not a Fraternity priest. He’s from another tradition-leaning order – whatever difference that makes.

So go get your Tolkien on with abandon.  It’s been given the seal of approval by one of the strongest priests I know.