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The Mass is a Gift beyond measure, which protestants don’t have March 10, 2014

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….from God to us, and from us back to God.  Two excerpts from Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Father Martin von Cochem:

Give thanks, therefore, O Christian, to this thy true friend, Who has labored for thee and laid up for thee so rich a store of treasures. Acknowledge His great charity towards thee in offering these treasures for thy acceptance,and bestowing them upon thee freely. See that thou hear Mass daily, if possible, in order to appropriate to thyself a large portion of these riches. Thou wouldst spare no pains and grudge no time if thou coudst acquire temporal riches as easily as thou canst acquire wealth for thy soul. Why, then, remain so careless in regard to the eternal treasures, and by thy indifference allow them to escape thy grasp?  May God enlighten thy blindness, convert thy sloth into diligence, and inspire thee with true fervor; and when this happy change is effected thou wilt then hear Mass frequently and to thy soul’s profit……

……..”The prayers said at Mass,” Bishop Fornerus tells us, “offered in union with the Holy Sacrifice, have infinitely more value than any other prayers, however long, however fervent, more even than ecstatic contemplations, in virtue of the merits of Christ’s Passion, the power of which is manifested in Holy Mass by a superabundance of celestial gifts and graces. For as the head is the noblest portion of the body, no other member being comparable to it, so does the prayer offered by Christ, our Head, when He prays for us in Holy Mass surpass in dignity the prayers of all Christian people, who are His members.”

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It is a beautiful commentary, but I also want to use it to make a point more salient to the present crisis in the Church.

That last paragraph is quite the profound commentary on the separated sects, which do not have the Mass.  Prior to Vatican II, it was thought in the Church – with great clarity – that, lacking the Mass and most other avenues of Grace, protestants were in a dire position with regard to their personal salvation.

Which is a major reason why the “reform” of the Mass “had” to take the direction it did, so that it was less an impediment to worldly ecumenism, a movement whose intellectual roots were defined in the late 19th/early 20th century modernist camp.

For more on that, see Louis Verrecchio’s video below,

Quite an interesting video.  I will say, it is so difficult not to be scandalized with some of the words coming from the Holy Father.  Anglican fellow “saints?”  Ouch.  So, I would really like to ask the Pope, and I may send him a letter to this effect – you don’t think I should have converted, do you?

To Louis’ general point, it’s an interesting one.  Ecumenism, along with religious “liberty” and collegiality are the three-headed hydra normally pointed to as being responsible for the revolution against the Church. So I agree with that. And I would tend to agree that ecumenism is probably the primary one, but it is closely aligned with this religious liberty blather.

But I’m not sure if ecumenism is the “central” or root error behind the crisis in the Church. I think the central, or root, cause, is intellectual pride manifesting as modernism/leftism.  I am not applying that error to the Holy Father definitively or anything like that, but I think in general, that is the true root of modernist elements.  Pride, and lack of true faith.

It’s interesting that Verrecchio’s argument is very similar to the argument of Fr. Leonard Feeney, that Americanist indifferentism cum ecumenism was responsible for the failing faith of the mid-20th century US Church, a faith that was about to be unleashed on the world via Vatican II.  I know Feeney seems to have overly narrowly defined Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, but there is much of that same argument above.  Not that I disagree with it, I think ecumenism is being used by progressive elements in the Church to try to dismantle her.  And those elements seem to be running with wild abandon at present.

I am feeling increasingly disturbed over this upcoming Synod.  It’s going to take the Holy Spirit’s direct intervention to prevent it from going off the rails, I fear.

Just a quick note, when I show a video of Louis Verrecchio that certainly does not mean I am “siding” with him against Michael Voris or anyone else. It just means I happen to think the video or post in question has some merit, or elicits interesting matter.  And when I post a Vortex or another Voris video, it also doesn’t mean I’m taking his “side” over against anyone else’s in any internecine strife. It just means Voris has hit the matter square on, as he usually does.  But if I don’t make this clarification someone will make a baseless insinuation or outright accusation.


A Lenten Endeavor for men – Tabernacle Watch Society March 10, 2014

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Over 100 years ago, in still-Catholic France, Blessed Louis Martin (father of the Saint and Doctor of the Church  Therese of Lisieux) and his brother-in-law Isidore Guerin participated in a perpetual tabernacle watch society at their local parish in Lisieux, Normandy.  At that time and place, this was a popular if challenging activity.  If I remember my history right, Martin and Guerin volunteered for undesirable middle of the night “shifts” at least weekly, if not much more frequently.

The idea, of course, was the Our Blessed Lord would never be alone in the Tabernacle.  A particular piety developed in France regarding the lonely, forgotten Christ in the Tabernacle, and faithful souls took it upon themselves to accompany Jesus in the tabernacle, while adoring, offering prayers, meditating, etc, during their period of watch.  You can find a number of prayer cards from France expressing that piety.  They are very sweet in disposition.

But to get the the heart of the matter, I have felt called for a time to try to emulate that effort here in our own Diocese.  What I propose – at least as far as I administer – is setting up a tabernacle watch society to keep watch Louis_Martin_1with Jesus as much of the day and night as possible at our local TLM parish. I would certainly encourage and rejoice at similar efforts at other parishes, but I will only have direct involvement with Mater Dei.

I tried to broach this idea last year to a smaller, private group of individuals but I let it peter out. I really want it to happen, this year.  So what I propose – and this is open to all, not just Mater Dei parishioners, but the watch would have to happen there – is that I get a list of names of men only.  I would get your name by your leaving a comment on this post. You could also leave a day/time when you think you could keep watch.  The goal is ultimately to have 24 hour coverage by men, but for now I’m just looking to see how much interest there is and how much of the 168 hours in a week we could cover.  That’s another point, the idea is that you would commit to a given time each week, preferably for at least one hour.thCAXTIXQ3

I say men, because I really want to limit this to men.  In so many parishes, it seems that nowadays it is women who predominate in worship and involvement.  That’s less true in traditional communities, but still somewhat valid even there.  Maybe it’s always been the case, but I’ve read that in times past church/parish leadership was much more exercised by men, and I think there would be a lot of benefits for the men themselves and the Church at large by seeing men take a visible leadership role in the life of a parish. It would certainly provide a great example of leadership in our louismartindeathown families, where we are the heads of our little (or big!) domestic churches.

Again, please comment or contact me directly if you want to sign up.  I’ll try another venue, as well, to garner interest.  In a few days, I’ll post a file showing everyone’s days and times. I will try to watch on Tues from 8-9p and Thurs from 7-9.  The idea is that we won’t have 30 men from 7-8 on Wednesday night, but no more than two or at most 3 men at the same time.  I hope to have a man or two present at all hours, rather than just a big group all at the same time. I do realize coverage during certain daytime hours and late at night will be difficult. But we’ll see what develops.  You can start with your watch immediately if you want, or wait for a week or two until I get things formalized.

Pray God, there will be more posts on this in the future.

If you like this idea, as I said, you can certainly implement the same in your own parish, but I am only administering this one at Mater Dei.  But do let me know if you set up your own watch society!

My intent is to name this watch society in honor of Blessed Louis Martin.  I hope this act of charity will be beneficial to souls and increase Eucharistic piety generally.  It is a way to sanctify each week to Our Lord, but outside Mass.



Two final notes of clarification, this will be keeping watch in with Our Lord in the tabernacle, not in the monstrance. The Host will be reserved, not displayed.  And it is intended that this society would continue on ad infinitum, and hopefully spill out into surrounding parishes.  It is not just for Lent, though that seems a good time to start it.

Gentlemen, if you replied to me last year with your interest, please do so again, I have lost all that data.

Start St. Joseph Novena today! March 10, 2014

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Recommended by a good local priest.  A diocesan priest who has suffered quite a bit, perhaps you could say a prayer for him, Fr. W:

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, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. 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.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Prayer: Let us Pray! In Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your Most Holy Mother. Grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our protector. You who live and reign forever and ever. AMEN

You can also add 3 Ave’s or a Pater Noster, Ave, and Gloria at the conclusion of the Novena, each day.

Another blessed practice is to pray the Litany of St. Joseph, which you can find all over.


Glorious sermon on the TLM by Archbishop Sample March 10, 2014

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Archbishop Alexander Sample has long been known as one of the most orthodox and tradition-friendly bishops in the United States.  Here he gives a sermon during a Pontifical High Mass offered as the crowning event of a 3-day conference on Gregorian Chant and the role of sacred music in the liturgy at a Brigittine Monastery in Oregon.

“Young people who experience this Liturgy are amazed.”  Indeed!  I was blown away repeatedly when I first experienced the TLM.  I still get goosebumps – and have even had a transport or two – when I assist at Mass, at least on occasion.  It is beyond doubt in my mind that the way forward for true liturgical reform is to re-adopt the TLM on a mass scale (heh), and, almost as importantly, to properly form souls in the true nature of the Mass as Holy Sacrifice and the highest form of worship it is humanly possible to offer to God.  The reductive tendency inherit in the Novus Ordo towards community aspects and the numerous overt protestant characteristics which have been incorporated into it are a liturgical – and pastoral – blind alley.

“You’re looking at this beautiful Liturgy tonight with all of its beauty, all of its solemnity, all of its precision, and even its pageantry……..how did we get to some of the abuses that we have experienced since the Second Vatican Council?”  Indeed……I think more and more liturgical experts, if they are orthodox and honest, are coming to understand that the Novus Ordo is inherently problematic, even disordered, to a degree that true liturgical reform must be based on the Mass of All Ages.

Archbishop Sample all but agrees with me @12:30-13:00, claiming that the TLM, esp. the Pontifical High Mass, with all its sublime, supernatural glory, should serve as the exemplar or touchstone for all future liturgical developments.  Deo Gratias!

Archbishop Sample’s enormous love for the traditional Mass shines brightly through this entire sermon.

A rather pointed comment about the paramount need to have love as Catholic Christians attached to the TLM.  That is an exceedingly valuable and powerful reminder of the basis for all Catholic life, which should be especially obvious among adherents to the Traditional Mass.  In all the mountains of scandal we are exposed to on a constant basis, it is easy to become jaded or cynical.  I have probably, far too many times, given witness to that sad propensity.  Of course, true charity doesn’t mean accepting the world’s sick and twisted understanding of same, nor does it imply that we gloss over hard truths.  But it’s a good Lenten reminder to me to never allow fervor for the Faith to become a mask for being uncharitable.

Pray for Archbishop Sample!  Let us have more bishops like him! And pray for the restoration of the glorious order of the Brigittines, there is a brand-new Brigittine monastery in Tyler which could really use your support.  The Brigittines were once a very large order, but it was severely wounded by the protestant revolution against the Church.

I will pray for Fr. Charles Vreeland, noted by Archbishop Sample at the beginning of the sermon.

Thanks to reader TC for the link.

For the Record: Bishop Olson meets with traditional pastor, assures support March 10, 2014

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Last week, after the tragic circumstances afflicting the students and others at Fisher-More College, Bishop Michael F. Olson requested a meeting with the pastor of the Dallas FSSP parish, which also has responsibility over the Sunday TLM in Fort Worth.  Bishop Olson asked that an announcement be read at all the Dallas/Irving and Fort Worth TLMs, emphasizing his love and affection for our communities and giving us the assurance of his prayers for our well being – in Latin.

The greeting was very warm and indicated to me a marked pastoral concern for Catholics who love the traditional Mass.  Certainly, it was not necessary that Bishop Olson express these kind words, and in other circumstances where TLMs have been peremptorily cancelled, episcopal follow-up has ranged from cold silence to continued, outward hostility.

I also got a little more input from some folks who knew Bishop Olson as rector of Dallas’ Holy Trinity Seminary, and they indicated that what I took to be perhaps a certain low-key opposition to the TLM was actually a welcome change from previous administrations and that then Fr. Olson had actually liberalized the ability of seminarians to assist at TLMs.  In many dioceses it remains the sad, twisted fact that getting “caught” assisting at a TLM could be the end of a seminarian’s vocation.  I understand that was the situation in Dallas not too long ago. But now seminarians are able to assist at the TLM at least semi-regularly openly.  Obviously even that is far from ideal and there remains a strong bias or lingering suspicion towards the TLM (or, perhaps, TLM communities), but it is a significant advance.

The last para is hearsay so make of it what you will, but I can confirm that seminarians are able to avail of the Irving TLM at least periodically as their studies and other considerations permit. It would of course be most desirable for there to be a TLM at the seminary, but with prayer that day will come.

So, just a couple of data points, they probably won’t affect people’s attitudes towards this matter a whit, but there they are. I was particularly gratified to hear of the bishop’s statement of support and prayers, it’s the first time I can recall hearing such at a TLM parish.  Some may dismiss this as just a meaningless PR gesture, and me a naive fool (I will not dispute the charge).  It could be, but we’ll just have to see what the future brings.