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Polls now routinely showing strong majority in favor of sodo-marriage March 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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Before I go for the weekend (and what a week it has been!), here is some disturbing polling data – that confirms many other recent polls – that anywhere from 50-60% of Americans now favor state recognition of so-called same-sex marriage, with those opposed falling in some polls down to only 1/3 or so of the population.  We are plainly losing badly on this matter, even if individual polls tend to exaggerate the degree of support.

I agree with Father Michael Rodriguez, sodomite marriage will be the law of the land in these 50 states within a few years, at most, and this nightmare will be the vehicle of the persecution.

What is even more disturbing, is that this support may not be as much due to cultural pressure as I thought. There is a tendency in polling – which can be dramatically exaggerated by how questions are formed – to give what the respondent feels is the “correct” response.  For example, people who answer a religious survey as to religious affiliation as Catholic, tend to overestimate their Church attendance by a factor of two – that is to say, 40% claim they assist at Mass weekly, when the real number is under 20%.  But Catholics are expected to assist at Mass regularly, so people tend to give what they know is the expected answer – at least, good number of people do so.

So, if people think most others believe homo-marriage is preferred by others, they would tend to answer that they support it, even if they are waffling or unsure, because that is the expected “correct” answer. But further poll data actually shows Americans are pretty clueless on the degree of public support for this radical redefinition/destruction of marriage, so that bias may not be as significant as I once thought.

Nevertheless, there does remain heavy cultural pressure in favor of this state recognition of immorality as “marriage,” through films, music, TV, etc.  This pressure is slowly converting people to a position that would have utterly mortified virtually every preceding generation of Christendom going back many, many centuries.

Bring on the persecution.  It will open the doors of Heaven to many faithful, and will plant the seed of a glorious restoration of Christendom – provided we are not nearing the Parousia!

I’m out of time, have a blessed weekend.

Matthew VIII and ecumenism with Jews March 7, 2014

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The Gospel for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday in the 1962 Missal (actually, mine is 1945, but the reading is the same) is from Chapter VIII of St. Matthew’s Gospel (verses 5-13).  Towards the end, Our Blessed Lord says some things that would appear, to me, to contradict much of the modern “ecumenical” attitude in the Church, especially with regard to the Jews:

At that time, when Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to this: Go, and he goeth; and to another: Come, and he cometh; and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it.

And Jesus hearing this, marveled, and said to them that followed Him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.

————End Quote———–

While this Gospel is normally taken as a glorious exegesis on faith, which it is of course is, this second half is also most significant.  In it, Christ refers to the Gentiles being the prime recipients of the New Covenant, and prophesies the Jewish rejection of the same.  There were certainly many Jewish converts to the early faith, and the Apostles were entirely Jewish in origin, but we also know from 2000 years of history that many Jews, and especially the Jewish religious establishment, rejected Christ’s Sacrifice, the life of Grace, and the entire New Covenant.

And, Our Blessed Lord seems to make clear that this rejection will result in their damnation. He refers specifically to the children of the present kingdom – the Old Covenant, the Jewish religious state, then under Roman domination, but formerly with their own kings – as being cast out for their refusal to accept Christ.

Unfortunately, the post-conciliar ecumenical movement, extending even to the very highest level of the Church in the form of the past several popes, routinely not just implies, but directly states, that the Old Covenant is somehow still operative and that Jews have their own “path to salvation” even while deliberately rejecting Christ – which many modern-day Jews make it a point to do.  It is not true charity to leave people in error, to tell them their religious heritage, which they certainly hold dear, is somehow salvific.  It reeks of universal salvation and indifferentism of a kind that would have shocked Catholics just a few decades ago.

Beyond this one quite, there are of course numerous portions of Sacred Scripture which would seem to directly contradict the underlying rationale for the entire ecumenical movement, especially that portion of the movement directed at non-Christians.  This is just one small reference point.  There are dozens of others.

But as we see abroad in the Church today, more and more, there are efforts to undermine if not obliterate Dogmas founded on an incredibly sure foundations of direct references from Scripture as well as 2000 years of Tradition.  The Church in Germanic speaking countries is just about totally run amok, with bishops claiming fornication is no longer a sin, that contraception use is morally acceptable (in spite of direct statements claiming this use is mortally sinful going back to the very, very earliest Church – and before), and of course that maybe bigamy is OK, and go ahead and present for the Blessed Sacrament while you remain married to two people, at least in God’s eyes.

To the extent that the Holy Father seems to be at least toying with some of these notions, as well, it is certainly scandalous and profoundly unnerving to faithful Catholics.  I don’t have a big point with this post, other than to relate that I was struck by this seeming condemnation in advance of the modern ecumenical movement by Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ was always very direct and plain with regard to salvation: either you accept Him as Son of God, observe the commandments, and practice virtue in cooperation with Grace, or you will not be saved.  You will suffer eternal torments in hell.

It is amazing that there are people in the Church – uneducated or educated to the point of imbecility, I know not – that appear to have utterly forgotten their Scripture.  Or, they are simply so overwhelmingly influenced by the world and its errors that they have grown cold in the Faith.

Difficult times, to be certain.  I can only advise more prayer and penance, for ourselves and our Holy Mother Church.

Divine Mercy Conference this week in Dallas March 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sanctity, Virtue.
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Sorry for the late notice, the conference actually opens tonight. I’m a little unsure on Saturday attendance, I get the impression that while Friday and Sunday events are open to all, those on Saturday are only open to those who have made a donation to some organization.  Anyway, here are the details via MJD:

Father Mitch Pacwa from EWTN will be giving talks.  Mass, Confession, Holy Hour, Procession, Benediction, Veneration of First Class relic of St. Faustina.



     at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church   [Mesquite]
     -7:00 PM-      Opening Mass with Bishop Douglas Deshotel- 
                Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas (to be confirmed)
     -8:00 PM-      Exposition, Sung Chapel, Holy Hour, Benediction 
        and Procession (Fr. Zmudzinski, C.P.M.) 

      at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church  
   AM  -8:00          Praise and Worship Songs  [Ummm…….]
     -8:40           Welcome and Orientation and Initial Prayers
     -9:00          First Talk: The Love and Mercy of God in Human History
     -9:50         (Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.) (Meditation Song)
     10:00          Second Talk: The Divine Mercy Message to St. Faustina
     10:50          (Dr. Bryan Thatcher)  (Meditation Song)
     11:00          Third Talk: Healing of humanity through the power of the
               (Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M.)  the Love and Mercy of God  
     11:50          Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving

PM  12:00          LUNCH (available from Cafeteria at minimal cost)
      12:45          Praise Songs 
      -1:00          Fourth Talk: Talk on the Holy Eucharist, source and
              (Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J)   summit of Love and Mercy
      -1:50          Meditation Song 
      -2:00          Fifth Talk: Daily Living experience of the Gospel of Love 
               (Dr. Bryan Thatcher)     and Mercy, through the Cenacle
                Practical Living of Love and Mercy
      -2:50           Exposition and Holy Hour: 
      -3:00           Sung Chaplet, Holy Hour (Talk), Benediction and 
                (Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski) Procession of the Blessed 
       -4:00            Confessions (in the Classrooms) and Veneration of 
          St. Faustina’s Relic
       -5:00            Mass for the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT-2014  
                 Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (OPEN TO EVERYONE)

         (OPEN TO ALL)

(at the Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, Tx. 75149)
-2:00 PM-  Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross
and Consecration Prayers
-2:50 PM- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Deacon Bill Jasmin)
-3:00 PM- Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy
-4:00 PM- Solemn High Mass and Closing Ritual with  [This means a sung NO – I’d love to hear a report of how this Mass was offered.  I won’t be able to attend. Key details would be Ad Orientem, any Latin, male servers, incense, communion rail (heh – unlikely), etc]
Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, D.D. Bishop of
Dallas, Texas (to be confirmed)
After my conversion, I attended a number of Fullness of Truth conferences, and they certainly helped guide me in a better practice of the Faith.  I wouldn’t say they played a role in my embracing the traditional practice of the Faith, and while I might at present take issue with the direction of some of the presentations at these conferences, I would say overall they actually helped guide me towards a more traditional practice of the Faith.  They certainly helped reveal the dearth of catechesis available at most parishes.

Check it out if you have interest/time.

Reminder – First Friday at the Carmel tonight, 03/07 March 7, 2014

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All Night Adoration at the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph starts at 5pm, goes until 7am.

TLMs at 8p and 3a, Confession available before and after each.

Join the nuns as they storm Heaven.  There is a group Stations of the Cross at Mater Dei at 7p.

All details here——>>>>>> Allnightcarmelites_march_april 2014




I thought this was good……”They Live” March 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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If you know the 1988 John Carpenter satire/horror film, you might appreciate this off-topic bit:



That’s pretty much how I feel about them. I used to think Brad Pitt was maybe OK back in the late 90s when he did 12 Monkeys and Fight Club, but ever since, not so much.

The whole thing has become so false and fake it’s stunning.  If you step away from TV/film for a while, and then see scenes like this, it becomes obvious how unreal all this Hollywood crud is.

Start St. Joseph Novena Monday, 03/10 March 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Just a reminder, I’ll try to do another one on Monday, but sometimes I’m so late the reminder isn’t very helpful. Or, I forget until it’s waaaay too late.  So here you go, make sure you’re ready for your St. Joseph Novena Monday!

EWTN, as is typical, has a very long Novena here.

Here is a shorter version:

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death. Glorious Saint Joseph, be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.  Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.  Through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN. (MENTION YOUR INTENTIONS)