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The Seventy Seven (plus more!) Graces to be derived from Holy Mass February 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Lent, Liturgy, priests, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I would like to highly recommend to you, dear reader, a book recommended to me by good friend and reader SL, called Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem.  Fr. von Cochem was a  16th century German priest who realized that most people at his time did not have a proper understanding of the Mass, and so did not benefit from it as they should have. He saw this dearth of understanding as being a major source for why souls were falling into the rampant protestant apostasy propelling Germany into a hideous abyss.

We live in similar times today.  The vast majority of self-described Catholics have no knowledge of the Mass, its glory, its purpose, or its fruit.  Fr. von Cochem’s book goes a very long way towards remedying that situation, I again recommend it to you.

Fr. von Cochem lists 77 distinct graces or fruits to be derived from devout attendance at Holy Mass.  I will not list all of them, but some that were most remarkable to me.  I pray you find this edifying:

  • For thy salvation God the Father sends His beloved Son down from Heaven
  • For thy salvation the Holy Spirit changes bread and wine into the True Body and Blood of Christ
  • For thy sake the Son of God comes down from Heaven, and conceals Himself under the form of the Sacred Host
  • He even abases Himself to such an extent as to be present in the minutest particle of the Sacred Host
  • For thy salvation He renews the saving mystery of the Incarnation
  • For thee Christ offers Himself as a true burnt-offering, and renders to the Godhead the supreme honor which is its due
  • By offering this act of worship to God thou dost make reparation for the glory which thou hast failed to give Him
  • For thee Christ offers Himself to God as a Sacrifice of praise, thus atoning for thy omissions in praising His Holy Name.
  • By offering to God this oblation which Christ offers thou givest Him greater praise than do the holy angels
  • By offering to God Christ’s act of thanksgiving thou dost make ample acknowledgement of all the benefits He has bestowed on thee
  • For thee Christ offers Himself as the all-powerful Victim, reconciling thee to the God Whom thou has offended
  • He pardons thee all thy venial sins, provided thou art firmly resolved to forsake them
  • He offers Himself as a victim to make satisfaction for a part at least of thy debts and transgressions
  • Each time thou hearest Mass thou canst do more to pay the penalty due to thy sins than by the severest work of penance
  • For the sake of this propitiatory victim the petitions proffered during Mass will be granted far sooner than those that are proffered at other times
  • Never canst thou pray so well as whilst present at Mass
  • This is so because Christ unites His prayers to thine, and offers them to His Heavenly Father
  • He acquaints Him with thy needs and the dangers to which thou art exposed, and makes thy eternal salvation His particular concern
  • By offering this Holy Sacrifice thou dost present to the Blessed Trinity the most acceptable of all oblations, greater than all things in Heaven and earth
  • By this Sacrifice thou dost honor God as He alone is worthy to be honored
  • By this Sacrifice thou dost give infinite satisfaction to the Most Holy Trinity
  • When thou hearest Mass aright, thou dost pay the most perform an act of highest worship
  • When thou dost bow down before the Sacred Host and the Sacred Chalice, thou dost perform a supreme act of adoration
  • For each time that thou dost gaze reverently upon the sacred host thou wilt receive a recompense in Heaven
  • Each time thou dost smite thy breast with compunction some of thy sins are remitted to thee
  • If thou hearest Mass in a state of mortal sin, God offers thee the Grace of conversion [don’t receive!]
  • Thou needest not fear a long and terrible Purgatory if thou hast already to a great extent atoned for thy sins by frequently assisting at Holy Mass
  • One Mass devoutly heard will do more to mitigate the pains of Purgatory than any act of penance, however difficult the performance
  • One Mass in thy lifetime will be of greater service to thee than many said for thee after death
  • Thou wilt attain a higher place in Heaven, which will be thine for all eternity
  • And if it is not within thy power to have Mass said for thy departed friends thou canst by devout assistance at the Holy Sacrifice release them from the tormenting flames.

“If Christians only knew how to profit by Holy Mass, they might acquire greater riches than are to be found in all the things God has created. We have indeed a precious storehouse in the Mass.  Happy he who can earn treasures so great at the cost of so little labor! Who would willingly miss Mass? Who would not delight in hearing it? Let us resolve never to lose an opportunity of hearing  Mass, provided the duties of our state of life do not prevent us from doing so.

To omit hearing Mass daily merely from carelessness of indolence would be a proof that we were either ignorant of, or indifferent to, the divine treasures it contains. God grant that those who read this book may in future appreciate more fully this pearl of great price, value it more highly, seek it more diligently!”

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I love Michael Voris and Christopher Ferrara and Michael Matt February 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, Society, SSPX, Tradition, Virtue, Voris.
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There seems to be some sad controversy developing between people who should be friends and allies. I decline to participate.

I love Michael Voris. I have met him personally and know of his commitment to aid souls in obtaining salvation and remedying the crisis in the Church.  I firmly believe his work is of great benefit and that he is completely sincere in all his efforts.

I have never met Chris Ferrara or Michael Matt, but I also appreciate their work very much.  I think Ferrara’s book exposing the foundations of the United States as highly problematic and delving deeply into the heresy of liberalism/Americanism is a huge contribution to the sensus fidelium.

I had never met an SSPX priest until this past Saturday.  He was a great gentleman, scholarly, and obviously well formed. I have strong feelings of thanks towards the SSPX, because without their endurance, even what some may call their obstinacy, I am convinced the great Traditional Mass would have disappeared forever.  At the same time, I wish and pray their canonical situation could be regularized. I think there are some problems with their current status but those problems pale in comparison to the problems with say, the Jesuits, most Dominicans, Franciscans, etc.

It is very easy for those of us who have only known the glory of the traditional Mass and traditional practice of the Faith for a short time to cast aspersions at those who have been struggling to adhere to that practice and see it grow and spread through long decades of vicious persecution. It is easy to claim how misguided some souls are, how wicked their errors, from a very comfortable position where no suffering is required and you have all you could ever want.  That’s my position, and I’m incredibly blessed.  I daily get contact from readers not so fortunate, who struggle with agonizing decisions as to whether risk “disobedience” or to continue to expose their children and themselves to nightmarish abuse and error, to see their children literally falling away because of what they are exposed to.  It is easy to forget that some people have now been in this fight for 40 or even 50 years, when some of us have only come into it in the past 4 or 5.  50 years of combat can take a toll on a person.

I don’t have any great answers for this situation. I’m sure all involved are motivated by true compassion and zeal for souls.  As for me, I have no criticism to make of any personalities involved. I feel no need to assault the SSPX.  I haven’t seen anything from Michael Voris or Michael Matt or Christopher Ferrara that makes me say – these guys are a danger.  These guys are really leading people astray.  I just haven’t seen it, and I follow them all pretty closely. What I see instead is almost universally works of great value, prudence, and basic goodness.

Commence fire if you like, I shall keep my powder dry, and safely locked up.

Against my better judgment, I’m going to open comments.

Suggestions for Lenten mortifications, from me and a great priest February 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Lent, Liturgical Year, manhood, mortification, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Some commenters asked last week for suggestions for Lenten mortifications.  I had been waiting for this past Sunday’s sermon to go up on Audio Sancto to tie in with that, and low and behold, after I had already finished this post I went by Audio Sancto and it has been uploaded!  Thank you, Lord!

This sermon provides wonderful guidance for how to practice mortification during Lent.  Please listen:

I do want to echo what the priest says – Lent is not about undergoing some suffering just to punish ourselves, even in union with Christ’s suffering on the Cross.  Lenten mortification must have a much higher purpose, that being our personal conversion into a life of sanctity.  Thus, these Lenten sacrifices must be engaged in not with a downtrodden spirit, or with many complaints over what you’re suffering.  In fact, if you do that, you will get little if any Grace from your mortifications.  No, these mortifications must be undertaken with a willing, happy spirit, with an open heart that looks forward in hope to the great work of conversion the Graces earned during Lent will make in our souls. This is our yearly opportunity to practice some serious sanctity, maybe even heroic sanctity!  The priest says it so much better than I, but here are some ideas for now (and remember, it is highly advisable to start on many of your mortifications before Lent even formally starts, so you don’t get caught “cold”):

  • Avoid foods you really like.  Take more of foods you don’t like, and less of ones you do
  • Season your foods in ways you really don’t like. If you like salt, have it bland. If you hate salt, salt it up.
  • Avoid meat at one meal a day.  Men, have a salad at one meal (or not, if you love salad).
  • Give up flesh meat entirely for Lent. The devout Orthodox still give up not only ALL meat, including fish, but also ALL animal products, including butter, eggs, cheese, etc. Only do so if you are physically able.
  • Even more hardcore, go with the traditional Lenten fast – on all days save Sunday and Feast days, only eat one full meal with two small snacks. You could add abstinence to this, as well, skipping meat except at the main meal
  • Take your shower hotter or colder than you like
  • If you drive a lot, practice patience by staying in the slow lane and keeping a good distance between you and the car in front of you.  Don’t speed.  Every time you have to slow down, remember that you are growing in patience.
  • For that matter, practice patience by getting in the long line at the store/supermarket. Let people get in front of you
  • Abstain from all TV during Lent
  • Abstain from radio.  Instead of listening to the radio while driving, pray.
  • Abstain from the internet (I get the blogger’s exception on this one-heh)
  • If you have some favorite hobbies or activities, consider giving one or more of them up for the duration of Lent
  • Don’t go out to eat during Lent. Donate the money saved to local pro-life efforts
  • Along with avoiding favorite foods, don’t eat dessert for the duration of Lent.  Or avoid all snacks.  Only eat fruit, instead of sweets.  No processed sugar (can you tell I need to lose weight?).
  • Practice willful spiritual poverty. Deny yourself things.  No impulse buying. Only purchase what is truly necessary.  Again, donate the money saved (almsgiving is another necessary Lenten practice).
  • If you find your job a chore, consider working more. If you love work, try to spend more time away from work (within reason, of course).  Do more chores around the house.
  • Do what your spouse/kids/friends/siblings want, instead of having things your way.  Within prudence.
  • If you have any strong/bad habits, strive to eliminate them entirely or reduce them to a point of true moderation.  This could apply to coffee, nicotine, alcohol (if you love your evening wine, skip it), all kinds of things.

Hopefully, that will get you started.  You obviously don’t have to do all the above, but choose some, or think of your own.  Think of what you really like to do, and even if it is something relatively good, consider giving it up for Lent.

In addition to denial, there are positive acts that can and should be taken as part of spiritual mortification:

  • Commit to reading a selection of spiritual books during Lent
  • Assist at Mass everyday, or every day you possibly can
  • Commit to weekly/regular Confession and arrange to receive spiritual direction if it’s been a while
  • Pray the Stations daily, not just Friday
  • Take up some special Lenten Novenas
  • Commit to praying the Divine Office, or parts of it
  • Practice spiritual and corporal almsgiving. Set aside time to pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.  Give more money to charity/Church.
  • Perform daily Adoration, or more adoration.  Note: the Blessed Sacrament need not be exposed for Adoration. You can adore Our Lord just as well in the tabernacle
  • Pray and/or counsel outside abortion mills in your area
  • Exercise more.  If you are accustomed to watching TV or other sedentary activities, commit to mortifying yourself by performing more physical activities.  Get in shape for Jesus.  Our Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, treat it as such.
  • Say an extra daily Rosary. Or commit to saying all three (or four, if you are mod) sets of Mysteries daily.
  • Practice devotion to the Sacred Heart, or Immaculate Heart of Mary, or……..
  • Pray, pray, pray. Develop a plan of prayer before Lent begins, and stick to it.

There are two critical considerations.  First, have a plan before Lent starts next week on Ash Wednesday.  Be ready to fast or perform whatever mortification you choose well before Ash Wednesday.  As I said at the top, it really helps to take advantage of Septuagesima to start these mortifications in a voluntary way, or at least think them through.  Secondly, if you fall down, don’t worry about it, get back up. If you come across this post 2 weeks into Lent and haven’t started anything, start then.  Another advantage of trying to start your mortifications during Septuagesima, when it is more voluntary, is that if you pick something that just won’t work, you have time to try another mortification.  But if this happens during Lent, pray about it, and change if you absolutely must.  You don’t want to get into a merry-go-round where you keep hopping on and off mortifications.  That would really defeat the purpose.

A final key consideration, to reiterate what I said above, it not to make Lent an unpleasant experience. Yes, we are denying ourselves things, or adding more, but with a purpose, to be more Christ-like and to receive Grace in order to greatly advance our conversion!  Lent can be a time of great spiritual growth, if we take advantage of it, and that should fill our hearts with joy!  As Christ said, when we pray, do it privately, and when we fast, don’t look all miserable and downtrodden, but be happy, look nice, and offer it up!

I have a lot of very good, pious souls as readers.  I welcome your suggestions, as well.

Oh noes! Mother Jones climate change rape nightmare! February 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, scandals, silliness, Society.
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This will be a very short post.  Via Ace, only committed leftists could reach this conclusion, in a real, honest to goodness Mother Jones headline:

Global Warming Will Cause 180,o00 More Rapes by 2099!

Now, I have to wonder…….when they did their math, did they subtract off from the future rapes all the tens of millions of baby girls who will be aborted in the interim, especially given that the countries they are so concerned being afflicted with a climate-induced growth in rape are the same countries where sex-selective abortions are very prevalent.  Are they sure the two phenomenon won’t cancel each other out?

I think this is a really important study – it shows what kind of idiocy uneducated leftists will accept as ostensible “science.”  In short, they’ll believe anything – provided it reinforces their pre-existing world view.

Then again, the right is not immune, what with FEMA trailers and the Feds buying all the ammo, etc.

It should be clear by now that “blogal worming” is simply the Left’s version of the boogeyman, the catch-all evil that basically plays the role of the devil in their sexular pagan religion.

I think this thought could actually be seriously developed. I may work on this some……but not now.