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The great Gueranger on the concern we should have for souls February 11, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, martyrdom, reading, religious, Saints, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

When I posted yesterday about some blogs going missing, one I had foremost in mind was Ars Orandi.  I have asked David Werling on Facebook what happened, but got no response.  It just disappeared, taking years of great content with it.   2_8_matha

Most of what Ars Orandi posted was excerpts from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s seminal The Liturgical Year.  For each day of the year, be it a day dedicated to a particular Saint, a Feria, or some great feast, you could drop by and get extensive excerpts from Gueranger’s coverage of that same Saint or Feast in The Liturgical Year.

I thought that was one of the best content formats for a blog I had yet seen.  In the spirit of keeping that alive, here is an excerpt from The Liturgical Year on the recently passed Feast of St. John Matha, one of the founders of the Trinitarian order dedicated to freeing captive Christians from Mohammaden hands. Given the way the JDeMathaworld is going with increasingly violent persecution of Christians, we have need for such dedicated souls again!

Towards the end of the writings on St. John Matha, Gueranger discusses the enormous charity that is required to correct souls in danger of error, or entirely lost in error (from The Liturgical Year, Vol. 4 Septuagesima, p. 260):

St. John Matha………..teach us the secret of ardent charity.  Is it possible that we can see a soul in danger of being lost and remain indifferent? have we forgotten the divine promise, told us by the apostle: “He that causeth a sinner to be converted form the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of his own sins?” (Jm V:20). Obtain for us, also, a tender compassion for such as are in bodily suffering and poverty, that so we may be generous in comforting them under these trials, which are but too often an occasion of their blaspheming Providence. Dear friend and liberator of slaves! pray, during this holy season, for those who groan under the captivity of sin and Satan; for those, especially, who, taken with the frenzy of earthly pleasures, feel not the weight of their chains, but sleep on peacefully through their slavery. Ransom them by thy prayers, convert them to the Lord their God, lead them back to the land of freedom. Pray for France which was they country, and save her from infidelity.  [I wonder how broken-35750Ihearted Dom Prosper Gueranger would be to know the state of the Church in France today. Poor country, Catholics there were some of the most consistently opposed to Church Doctrine in recent worldwide poll]  Protect the venerable remnants of they Order, that so it may labour for the present wants of the Christian world……

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 “He that causeth a sinner to be converted form the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of his own sins.”  That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?  

Sadly, that kind of charity and zeal for souls is immensely lacking in our Church today.  That diabolically pernicious StatueofStJohnofMathawhowithStFelixerror, “universal salvation,” has convinced millions that not only can they do as they please, they needn’t have the slightest care over their own sins or those of their brothers.  We’re all saved anyways, right?  So who cares if one is a fornicator, one a drunkard, another an adulterer, another a blasphemer, and yet another hasn’t assisted at Mass in years.  It’s all good, because God is only a God of Love and He checked His Justice at the doorway to the 20th century.

Or perhaps, as St. John Matha and St. James both knew, universal salvation is a massive error driven, one fears, by rife indifference?  Does it not matter that a great early Father, Origen, went from being one of the leading theologians of the 4th century to a condemned heretic over this matter?  Does it also not matter that almost all justifications for universal salvation are hung solely on Origen’s error, and radical misquotes (if they are not made up out of whole cloth, as Dr. Ralph Martin shows) of other Fathers, who never said anything that could be construed as endorsing universal salvation?

Fortunately, I think this error is rapidly being exposed for what it is.  But it is so widespread, we have a very long way to go. So do ask St. John Matha to pray that all Catholics will have true faith, zeal for souls, and courage!

One last note: how about St. John Matha as the model for the Church’s ecumenical efforts?


1. Jim in Seattle - February 11, 2014

Here is Mundabor’s post on the disappearance of Ars Orandi: http://mundabor.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/ars-orandi-the-final-post/

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

Yikes. He pretty well burned his bridges. Sounds similar to Zmirak. He also seems pretty twisted off about some stuff, and I really don’t understand what it is. Goodness, 90% of his content was just straight up quotes from Gueranger, and now he calls that being an @#$%&*^!!? That doesn’t make any sense.

I am pretty dismayed by what he wrote. I have seen this before, people become too puritanical in their practice of the Faith and it winds up burning them up. They get burned out and repudiate all the beauty and glory of a good practice of the Faith. It is the consummate throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

I don’t recall him ever even writing, in the past 3 years or so, against the activities I guess he came to see as sinful and is now returning to. He didn’t blast rock music, fantasy poetry, or D&D. So I have no idea what he’s talking about.

I am tending to agree with New Catholic at Rorate. I have seen very edifying and graceful exits from blogging or participating in the public sphere, this was not one of them. It’s unfortunate, but I did sort of see it coming, as I saw DW getting more and more twisted off about the pope and could see it was sort of eating him up.

I also agree with Mundabor about the Anglo Saxon/protestant mentality. It is so omnipresent in our culture, and so deeply in the blood of so many of us (like me), that it is very, very hard to escape.

Let us do our best to cooperate with Grace and pray that God be merciful. Everything else is beyond us.

2. TG - February 11, 2014

I read Mundabor’s blog on Ars Orandi. That’s where he discussed “the Anglo Saxon mentality” which basically is that if you are religious, you can’t have any fun.

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

I did not know that was how Werling was practicing his faith, but that seems to be what he’s saying. I think he’s blowing things radically out of proportion, but what do I know? I’m not him.

Still, a very sad exit. Extremely unedifying. I pray God should I stop blogging, I don’t go out like that. There does seem to be a good deal of self-loathing among certain traditional Catholics, and I fear it comes form pride. Pride that we should be perfect, and anger when we are not.

It is, sadly, a salutary lesson to us all.

skeinster - February 12, 2014

The Spiritual Combat is a very good corrective to that mode of thought. A work that I refer to again and again, for sound and practical encouragement re: falling into sin.

3. discipleofthedumbox - February 11, 2014

Wow. I wished the guy lived in Texas and nearby. I would love to play some D&D with him. Like Mundabor noted, there is no either/or in this regard or with other items of interest. As my son noted while we were on our way to church last night, we should retire the word fundamentalist as a pejorative be it in reference to Protestantism or Catholcism. After all, what is it to be fundamental? It is to hold to some very basic truths of the faith. There is nothing wrong with that and it certainly is a good foundation upon which to build. What we should use as a descriptor is ‘radical’. We need many less falling under this heading, as it were, be they Protestant or Catholic. I imagine we would be a more joyful people if we did stay away from a radical approach in this regard. Be radical in your love of Christ, this and only this.

4. Branch - February 11, 2014

I think Werling is reacting to the Phariseeism in “Trads”. It is providential perhaps to learn of this today, given today’s Gospel.

discipleofthedumbox - February 11, 2014

Agreed, on both items.

5. Magdalene Prodigal - February 11, 2014

But who are we to judge? That little phrase lets many off the hook. We just need to be tolerant and love….but that is taken to be tolerant of evil and to allow the sin.

Little laity can only do so much.

6. TG - February 11, 2014

I just hope you, Louie V. and Mundabor keep blogging.

Lynne - February 12, 2014

I agree with TG!

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