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Sublime and uplifting – Miserere mei, Deus February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, attachments, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I do believe this is the most sublime, transcendent hymn/chant I have ever heard.  It is certainly one of my favorites.  It is as good an example of polyphony as you will find.  It is so gorgeous and moving I am certain it is inspired. When I first heard it, I had great transports and felt as if I had touched that little bit of Heaven that descends at the Mass (or, do we go up?) to make the Consecration possible.

Miserere Mei, Deus, is taken from Psalm 50.

We must always remember that, in spite of the avalanche of human failures in the Church that confront us constantly, THIS is what the Church is really about.  Glory, beauty, love, hope, faith, certainty that if we are faithful and correspond with Grace we will enjoy basking in the perfect satisfaction and rest of the Beatific Vision for all eternity.

The Gift is simply beyond us.  Words can’t begin to express what we receive, even in the Mass, let alone what we may receive in eternal beatitude, if we remain faithful.

I give you two versions below.  I think the first is better. I tell you, I think the alto soprano at MD does a better job than either of the ones below.

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Ah heck, here is some more. Whole albums of chant, put it on while you set at your desk at work or move about the house, if you’re like me, it will calm you and also help focus your thoughts outside yourself, on more uplifting matters.  Also, demons and dark forces don’t like Chant!

The part from ~20:00 – 30:00 just wowed me.

These guys below are associated with Solesmes.  They are Benedictines from Spain:

 

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Fr. Rodriguez’ Excellent Adventure February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, priests, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I last posted about how Fr. Michael Rodriguez ran an extreme marathon in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico last year.  Of course, being Fr. Rodriguez, he also offered several TLMs in various rural Mexican communities – for the first time in decades -and managed to bring many men back to Mass.

Fr. Rodriguez’ latest adventure was to lead a pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador and southern Colombia to visit the incredible Basilica of Las Lajas.  There was some kind of Procession in Quito that Father led.  Father offered Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, before the blessed, miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success, and led other prayers and devotions.

Once again, Fr. Rodriguez brought many people the Traditional Mass for the first time in decades.  Many men returned to the Mass after a long absence.  Everywhere he offered the Mass of All Ages, the people wished Father would not have to leave.  They wanted to keep him there to continue offering the Mass in such a beautiful, inspired manner.

I asked for some pics of the pilgrimage but I’ve only received one.  It’s below.

2014 Marian Pilgrimage

 

In Quito, they still do Processions up right.

Lord, to have a Procession like that in our Diocese!  If we could only have ONE Procession on downtown streets, say, on the Feast of Christ the King, every year!  How many souls could we reach?!?  How edifying it would be for all involved!

One day, Lord. I know it’s coming.

As for Fr. Rodriguez, he has taken his forced relocation to one of the most desolate parts of the country and turned it into an enormous spiritual fruit.  God bless him!

New Tonight Show host failed in reversion because of bad Masses February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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Corpus Christi Watershed has a post today that includes an excerpt of an interview new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon gave recently.  In it, he relates how much he loved Mass and the Church as a boy, but that he then fell away.  he then says something else, which is pretty darned frustrating (emphasis in original):

INTERVIEWER: So you went to Catholic school when you were young.

MR. FALLON: Oh yeah.

INTERVIEWER: Did you have…

MR. FALLON: I wanted to be a priest.

INTERVIEWER: Did you really?

MR. FALLON: Yeah. I loved it.

INTERVIEWER: Why?

MR. FALLON: I just, I loved the church. I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was, I loved the whole idea of it. My grandfather was very religious, so I used to go to Mass with him at like 6:45 in the morning serve Mass and then you made money too if you did weddings and funerals. They’d give you, you’d get like five bucks. And so I go okay, I can make money too. I go this could be a good deal for me. I thought I had the calling.

[ … ]

INTERVIEWER: Do you still go to church?

MR. FALLON: I don’t go to – I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was like kind of struggling for a bit I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too … there’s a band. There’s a band there now and you got to … you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that. You know, I mean it used to be the shaking hands piece was the only time you touched each other.  [And we haven’t got that in the TLM]

INTERVIEWER: Mm-hmm.

MR. FALLON: Now I’m holding now I’m lifting people. Like Simba.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MR. FALLON: I’m holding them (Singing) ha nah hey nah ho.

(Speaking) I’m … I’m doing too much. I don’t want — there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go this is too much for me. I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass … and the Grotto and just like straight up, just Mass-Mass.

 Sounds like what Mr. Fallon needs is a good old TLM, or a very reverent Weinberger NO.

It’s not just Mr. Fallon.  Gobs of anecdotal data show that men don’t like the overtly feminized presentations of the Mass in most parishes.  More on that a bit later.  But I know a lot of men who are very attracted to the TLM.  In fact, parishes where the TLM is offered often bring back a lot of men who haven’t been to Mass in ages.  That was a point made in that Catholics movie I posted about a few weeks ago.

Well, I pray Mr. Fallon finds Holy Innocents or any of the 2 or 3 other good orthodox parishes in Manhattan.  He has an enormous platform, it could do incalculable good, if he would only allow God to work through him.

But would his show last if he displayed obvious virtue and piety?

 

How to effect change in the Church February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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At the end of Amchurch Comes Out, Paul Likoudis quotes from a report written by Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, SJ, in Catholic World Report in November 2000.  This report was written specifically about how to address “The Gay Priest Problem,” but it has applicability in many other areas where performance of duty by the Church hierarchy has all but collapsed.  Simply put, Fr. Shaughnessy describes how the laity and orthodox members of the hierarchy, up to and including the Roman Curia and Holy Father, could radically improve the practice of the Faith across the board. Since homosexual or otherwise sexually unfaithful priests have played an enormous role in the collapse of discipline, adherence to Doctrine, propagation of liturgical abuse, etc., executing the 4 steps outlined below could have a massive impact on how the Faith is taught and practiced:

First, Rome must “require heads on platters.” Additionally, no man should be named a bishop, “unless he has a track record as a head-cracker and has cleaned up problems of sexual wrongdoing, by dismissing “gay” seminarians or seminary faculty, for example, or by getting rid of miscreants at a university chaplaincy. [This has occurred to a degree, but nearly so much as it needs to.  Pope Benedict did deliver up some heads on platters, and Pope Francis seems to be continuing that but at a much lower rate.  However, whether really good men are always being made bishop is a very open question.  It would appear some problems remain in that regard]

Secondly, bishops must set an explicit policy that will forbid homosexuals form entering their seminaries.  [This has also been done, to a degree, but clumsily and intrusively.  I don’t know how effective the current policy is.  From what I have heard, it’s much better than 30 years ago, but problems remain]

Third, simplicity must be restored to priestly life. “Physical comfort is the oxygen that feeds the fires of homosexual indulgence. Cut it off. When you enter a rectory, take a look at the liquor cabinet, the videos, the wardrobe, the slick magazines and ask yourself, ‘Do I get the impression that the man who lives here is in the habit of saying no to himself?’ If the answer is negative, the chances are that his life of chastity is in disorder as well. It goes without saying that reforming bishops should lead by example in this department and not simply exhort.” [These are very important points. The rectory of a certain extremely influential, even though retired, monsignor in this diocese corresponded with many of the warning signals given above. He played a very big role in getting Rudy Kos into seminary.  And yet, he also continues to heavily influence Church design around this Diocese and the entire country. Cardinal Chaput sold off his episcopal mansion and moved into a room in the seminary.  Our bishop has not followed that kind of example, and continues to reside on Turtle Creek.]

Fourth, the lay faithful must demand high standards of their priests, starting with the simple demand that the parish priest always appear in his clericals when he is outside the rectory.  Then, laity are to use their checkbooks as a carrot and stick.  Remember that when your pastoral associate flies to Rio during Mardi Gras, you’re footing the bill.  Don’t be silent partners in corruption.

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That last bit is the key.  It’s something I have argued in favor of from time to time, but I have sensed folks are reluctant to “go there.”  I refer to withholding donations from your local parish in response to error being taught, liturgical abuse, etc.  Yes, we have a requirement to materially support the Church but there are many good, faithful institutions you can fund in lieu of an abusive one.  There is a requirement to support your parish, but that requirement has no minimum.  So, you could shift your donations to worthy organizations within the Church while all but eliminating your support for your problematic parish.

And if you do so, be sure to send a letter explaining what you are doing and why – tactfully, charitably.  It is best if you can get a group of concerned parishioners to take this act as a body.  A pastor can blow off one generous donor withholding support, but not a few dozen of his best monetary supporters.  The number one question bishops have for their pastors is “are you bringing in the money?” I know this would be a powerful vehicle to effect change, but it seems few are comfortable doing so.

Think about it, perhaps.

REPOST: The Church has been condeming abortion since its inception February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, contraception, General Catholic, Grace, horror, Papa, self-serving, sexual depravity, true leadership, unadulterated evil.
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REPOST. I wrote the post below just over a year ago.  In it, I demonstrate that the Church has been vehemently opposed to abortion since its inception.  One of the earliest non-Gospel documents in Church history lists both abortion and sodomy as horrific sins.  However, at catechism class last night, the priest explained how the Didache also opposed contraception.  That is the “you shall not….use potions” below, because many of those “potions” were meant to render women sterile for the purposes of fornication.

In spite of the fact that the Church has always been opposed to abortion, contraception, and all these other sins of concupiscence, in spite of the constant and repeated exhortations against these very sins, today, the vast majority of self-described Catholics have allowed themselves to be fooled by satan into thinking these sins really aren’t sins at all.  As the priest said last night, they think when it comes to Dogma, God is saying “Let’s make a deal,” when God is really saying “This IS the deal.”

There have always been heretics in the Church.  The word “heretic” derives from a Greek root meaning “I choose.”  I choose not to obey.  That is exactly what satan said those many years ago.  For the first time in the history of the Church, not just the hierarchy has gone loopy, not just the priests, not just the people, but virtually everyone. That is how his modernist heresy is different from every other heresy that’s come before, because it is so universal. It’s everywhere.  Even in sub-Saharan Africa and the Philippines, those supposed bedrocks of the Faith, they are embracing contraception, divorce, and other sins against the Faith.

We are in a crisis unlike any the Church has ever experienced.  But the Church will come through it, She always has.  We simply must remain faithful.  And pray.

BEGIN OLD POST. My fellow parishioner Taylor Marshall has a post up that reminds us that, like all Dogmatic beliefs, the Church’s vehement opposition to abortion has been the constant belief of the Church for 2000 years.  In fact, one of the very earliest non-biblical documents of the earliest Church, the Didache, includes this condemnation of abortion (and certain other sins which have suddenly become culturally approved. I note that the Didache was written between AD 70 and 90, it’s one of the very earliest Church documents, and is believed to be a repository of the belief of the Apostles):

The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic or use potions. You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a new-born child. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. You shall not perjure yourself. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not speak evil. You shall not bear malice….

It is fascinating to me, that in this list, which obviously contains much from the Decalogue, there are a few specific additions to that most basic code of moral living God has given to us. The first is that one shall not seduce boys, which, in the context where this was written, was a command to men not to engage in homosexual acts. Then there are the comdenmnations of black magic, potions and spells – something that sadly is making a comeback in our pagan culture. Then there is the condemnation of abortion.  In the same league as murder and all the other worst sins.  Not a right. Not a choice.  A grave immorality, the gravest of sins.  Abortion and infanticide were both widely practiced in the Empire at this point.  Rather like our own empire……

Similarly, Taylor Marshall’s post quotes Pope Sixtus V, in the first Papal Bull specifically condemning abortion (Effraenatam, 1588):

The Holy Father lists the dreadful means for procuring an abortion in his day. He describes the methods as “blows, poisons, medicines, potions, weights, burdens, work and labor imposed on a pregnant woman, and even other unknown and extremely researched means.” He also speaks of contraception as potions used to prevent conception.
Here’s a quote against abortionists found in Effraenatam:
“Noticing that frequently by various Apostolic Constitutions the audacity and daring of most profligate men, who know no restraint, of sinning with license against the commandment “do not kill” was repressed; We who are placed by the Lord in the supreme throne of justice, being counseled by a most just reason, are in part renewing old laws and in part extending them in order to restrain with just punishment the monstrous and atrocious brutality of those who have no fear to kill most cruelly fetuses still hiding in the maternal viscera. Who will not detest such an abhorrent and evil act, by which are lost not only the bodies but also the souls?”

Taylor asks a most prescient question – why do we not see the same kind of language used to condemn abortionists today?  Or do we?  If you’re Randall Terry, this doesn’t apply!  But for the rest of us, I think terms like “abhorrent and evil act” are most apropos and should be in general use regarding baby murderers.  I also think we should spend much more time focusing on how much damage is done to the souls of the abortionists, and how much they risk eternal damnation if they do not repent and desist from their wanton blood lust.

But in today’s world and Church, such damning language, once a staple of Papal denouncements of immorality, are almost totally forbidden.  In fact, making such pronouncements can quickly have one condemned more vociferously than the abortionists themselves.  And that’s pretty messed up.  Sometimes, it takes a hard slap across the face to shake people lost in sin from their demonic stupor.  I, for one, would welcome much more of the harsh old language – even if directed at myself.

Slap me around and tell me what a prideful prig I am!  Or whatever….you get the point.

Good Fr. Carota on mortification February 19, 2014

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You should check out Fr. Peter Carota’s blog regularly.  He frequently has many gems.

Below are excerpts from his recent post on mortification.

Hardly anyone today believes in sacrifices or mortification to be able to do God’s will and obtain His gift of Heaven.  The concept of denying oneself of pleasures is a repulsive thought to our instant gratification culture.  Yet when you read any one of the lives of the saints, you see they did all sorts of sacrifices and mortifications.  Many would do what is called “the discipline”, which comprised of whipping themselves.IMG_2509-1

In our self-indulgent society, that seems repulsive.  I have read many Catholic books and magazine articles, where the modern authors have judged these saints as being psychotic and masochistic. [Even many traditional priests seem very leery of this.  They generally counsel not to take the discipline, even though it was once a very wide ascetic practice.  Nowadays, they tend to fear people are getting off on beating themselves, but I think that might be an ungenerous view.  Nevertheless, always discuss with your spiritual director before beginning any such practice] One of these saints, and the most famous, was St. Francis of Assisi.  We see his statue in many gardens, but the idea of him having fasted and beaten himself is absurd to the modern mind.  [of course, we all “know” St. Francis was just a groovy hippy]  Yet look at the miracles that he and all these saints did during their lives and after.

When we give in to our bodily desires, we end up being “under the yoke of bondage”.  We become slaves to our passions.  The more our society, our Church, becomes permissive, the more we find ourselves becoming addicts.  Indulging in carnal pleasures does not lead to freedom and happiness, but to enslavement and depression. [Just a really key point]

StatueofStJohnofMathawhowithStFelixIn the letter to the Galatians, St. Paul clearly shows that the fruits of the flesh are contrary to the fruits of the Spirit.

For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would.  But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.”  

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.  Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.  Against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh with the vices and concupiscences.” Galatians 5: 17-24……….

……All of us, even if we are not giving into the lures of flesh, are tempted.  In resisting these temptations, rather than indulging in them, we grow stronger in will power.  Also, by small and large sacrifices, we discipline our will to want what is good and holy and to reject what is not.  Then we start to see clearer (with our intellect) that what our faith asks of us, is good and to be willed for.  We now begin to will what is eternally good, rather than the temporally pleasing end.  We begin to gratify the soul and not the senses (the belly).

Mortification helps us develop good habits and suppress bad ones.  This is not done to obtain a natural good, like having a slim body, but for obtaining the soul’s spiritual good. [however, it is desirable and pleasing to God that we keep our bodies fit and in good working condition, the better to serve Him. But we don’t make looking good an end in itself]  And the more we conform our will to that of God, the more we please Him.  Then He listens to our prayers, that have become less self-centered and more God and other centered, and we get our prayers answered.jesusbackpiece[1]

External mortification (self-inflicted), such as fasting, silence, hard bed and the abstaining from lawful pleasures, are good and helpful to our souls.  But traditional spiritual writers emphasize even more the importance of internal mortification like rooting out pride and self-love.  And along with this can be the acceptance of our suffering that comes along with our state in life.  With the help of God, and the example of Jesus and the saints, we can learn how to put to death the lambconstant demands our flesh is making on us (food, sweets, comfort, sex and rest), to be more ready to obey God and do good for others.

One way we traditional Catholics can mortify ourselves is to make the sacrifice of going to the Latin Mass even when it is far away and we have to get up early. [For the readers I know who do this, it is a great sacrifice and very pleasing to God.]  All the kneeling you do in the Latin Mass is another form of sacrifice.  Offering up all the terrible news about the destruction of Catholic liturgy and morals (inside and outside the Church) can be another form of sacrifice.  Loving and forgiving the people in the Church, in our family, our friends, who persecute us for trying to maintain truth and modesty, is another way of sacrificing.

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We can also offer our mortifications for benefit of others, especially the poor souls in Purgatory.

The collapse in the practice of mortification is one of the most disastrous trends in the modern Church.  For all prior history, going back to the Apostles, voluntary mortification was seen as just an absolutely essential part of the spiritual life, along with prayer and study.  That is why the Church, in Her wisdom, developed so many periods of fasting, to aid people in growth in virtue.

It was a huge mistake to wipe most of that away over the course of the 20th century, pretending “modern” man somehow did not need to mortify himself.  Quite the contrary, we especially need it, because never in history has there been so much abundance so easily available, as well as so many ways to commit hideous sins of concupiscence! We lowered our defenses at exactly the wrong moment!  Such a shame.

This Septuagesima and Lent, find some good and/or new ways to practice mortification.  Start small, you don’t have to be a hero, but if you keep after it, you can build up to some serious practice of virtue.