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The Mass is the Greatest Worship it is Possible to Offer God March 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, Tradition, Virtue.
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Some quotes from Fr Martin von Cochem’s Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In assisting at Mass, it is possible to lose sight of the fact that it truly represents the Perfect Sacrifice offered by God the Son – God’s Word or Himself in action – to God the Father.  There is no greater prayer or act that humans can participate in to renderMass (3) honor and glory to God.  Devout participation in the Mass is the most incredibly sublime and efficacious act lay people can ever engage in, as far as our relationship with God goes.  Which makes the fact that the vast majority of Catholics rarely do so all the more horrible.

Fr. von Cochem:

Hence learn, O Christian, what a sublime Sacrifice Holy Mass must be, since thereby greater glory is given to the most high God than by the adoration of all the heavenly host.  If all the powers of Heaven were to unite to form a most solemn procession in honor of the Holy Trinity, at the head of which would be the Mother of God, chief of all creatures, surrounded by the nine choirs of angels, followed by innumerable bbe14e06c0280238d2f86133387f54e0companies of the saints and blessed……such would be trifling in comparison to the tribute offered to God by one priest offering one Mass……

……Accordingly the humanity of Christ lauds and magnifies the Godhead everywhere, but more especially on our altars during Mass. There only is God praised in a fitting  and worthy manner, because Christ is there present in His humanity, and there He offers the most costly Sacrifice of praise to the glory of God the Father. Now mark this well: Christ offers the tribute of praise which He pays to the Godhead on the altar principally in the name of those who are present, supplying what is wanting to their praise.  Nay, more, He gives it to them, to be offered to God as their own, that they may thus defray the debt they owe Him.

He who thus offers God the Sacrifice of His Divine Son does more to praise Him than all the angels and saints are in a position to do; for their praise is finite and imperfect, whereas he who hears Mass with this object offers to Him praise which is both infinite and divine.holy-sacrifice-of-the-mass

……Father John Angelo, a priest of great enlightenment, speaking of the Holy Mass, says: “When I meditate upon the mysteries of the Mass, it appears to me that the praise, glory, and joy accruing to God the Father by the mystical sacrifice of His Son is so super-excellent that the praise of all the choirs of angels and the company of saints bears no comparison to it.  For the works of creatures, however noble and excellent, contribute nothing to the work of the Creator.  Although the angels and saints serve God in an admirable manner, and worthily sing His praise, yet of what value is what they do compared with the glory accruing to the ever-blessed Trinity from Holy Mass?  For since the priest and the people offer to the Eternal Father the Incarnate Word and His tribute of praise, their m_massoblation is that of a God, and the praise, honor, and thanksgiving is infinite.

God is more praised by the sacred humanity during Holy Mass than by all the created things in Heaven and Earth…….

…….Theologians tell us it is a Sacrifice so royal, so pleasing to God, that all the virtues and good works, the praise, the honor, the adoration, of angels and men, fall far short of it in value. For since Christ is both victim and priest, no one can deny that the exalted nature of the sacrificed and sacrificer renders the oblation of praise and glory infinitely superior to that which any and every created being can offer.

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The Mass is a truly supernatural act all people can partake in regularly.  We can do so in many ways, but none measure up to the infinite glory offered to God in the Mass.

Would that we participate in a worthy manner!  Would that we were always devout, attentive, and full of pious intentions!  Would that we arrived early for Mass to adequately prepare ourselves for the most august Sacrament!  Would that we shared with others, Catholics or not, how much the glory and worth of the Mass surpasses all paltry “services” in other religions!  Would that the whole world knew that every living soul could be utterly sanctified and saved by worthy, devout assistance at just one Mass!

Our God is great beyond words!  What a Gift He presents to us every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!

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Pope Emeritus Benedict presents written critique to Pope Francis? March 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, the return.
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Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s secretary and Prefect of the Papal Household, told the German ZDF television network that Pope Benedict had presented a 4 page critique of Pope Francis’ infamous interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari.  Tancred at Eponymous Flower has the details from German site Katholisches:

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI wrote an extensive critical commentary on the controversial interview of Pope Francis in the Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolic a 19 September 2013.

This was disclosed by his personal secretary and Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop George Gänswein  in the context of a broadcast on ZDF on the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Four pages include the critical remarks to that controversial interview. Pope Francis explained himself at the time to the criticism that he is not taking a position on abortion and “gay marriage”: “We can not always deal with the issue of abortion, homosexual marriage, and birth control methods. That can not be.”  Among the enthusiastic omissions   regarding atheist Eugenio Scalfari about personal conscience as the autonomy of conscience, he stated affirmatively: “Listening to the conscience and  obeying it actually means to choose a thing known in the face of good or evil. And from this decision it depends on whether our actions are good or evil.”

Another translated article from Katholisches looks at some recent material from Sandro Magister and posits that Pope Benedict is formulating some kind of opposition to Pope Francis. Tancred had this remarkable statement from Magister’s piece, but I’m not sure if the source is Magister or Benedict (I suspect the former):

“John Paul II did not ask for applause, nor did he ever look around in concern at how his decisions would be received. He acted on the basis of his faith and convictions, and he was also ready to take fire. The courage of the truth is to my eyes one of the main criteria of holiness.”

This situation is so bizarre I don’t know what to make of it.  It’s better than digging up the bones of your predecessor and putting them on trial, I suppose, but it doesn’t do much to strengthen the Office of the Papacy.

Which is perhaps the point?

One more question – since a Pope has now seen fit to criticize a Pope, does that mean it’s OK for lowly lay Catholics to do so?  Snark off.

Indulgenced 13 Tuesday devotion to St. Anthony of Padua March 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Thanks to reader MJD for the heads up. I’ve never heard of this particular devotion before.  MJD comes up with many good ones, like the Holy Face Novena many people liked.

This one is a 13 day – but only on Tuesdays! – devotion you offer for St. Anthony’s intercession.  Tuesday is used because of the many miracles the Saint performed on that day, the day of the week he was laid to rest.anthonyPaduaGreco

The Church has set Her approval upon Tuesday as Saint Anthony’s day by generous indulgences. A plenary indulgence is granted on every Tuesday of the year to all who receive the Sacraments and on that day visit a Catholic church where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, and there pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
A plenary indulgence is granted on each day of thirteen consecutive Tuesdays (or Sundays), once a year, to all who perform an act of piety in honor of St. Anthony, receive the Sacraments, visit a church or public oratory and pray there for the intentions of the Holy Father (Leo XIII, Mar. 1, 1898).

TRADITIONAL 13 TUESDAYS NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY

[RESPONSORY PRAYER FOR THE END OF THE NOVENA AT BOTTOM OF EMAIL)

First Tuesday, March 18

O glorious St. Anthony, born under the protection of Mary Immaculate, on the Feast of her Assumption into Heaven and consecrated to her at a tender age; thou didst vanquish the demon by the Sign of the Cross, which thy finger impressed on the marble of the church where thou wert praying.  Oh, we beseech thee, obtain for us a tender devotion to our Blessed Mother, and the strength to triumph over all the attacks on our infernal enemy.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Second Tues. March 25

O glorious Saint! Thou didst escape from the dangers and temptations of the world by disdaining greatness, riches and the comforts of life, and by joining the Canons Regular of St. Augustine; we beseech thee, obtain for us detachment of the heart and a true contempt for the world.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Third Tuesday- April 1

O glorious Saint! Thou didst feel a burning desire in thy youthful heart to suffer martyrdom for the faith, and for this purpose didst enter the Order of the Seraphic Saint Francis; we beseech thee, obtain for us the spirit of penance and mortification.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Fourth Tuesday April 8

O glorious Saint! Guided by sentiments of the most profound humility, thou didst all in thy power to hide thyself from the eyes of the world, when God suddenly made thee known as an ark of science and sanctity; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of practicing humility and of loving a life hidden in God.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Fifth Tues. April 15

O glorious Saint! Chosen by God to preach His Word, thou didst receive from Him the gift of tongues, and the power of working the most extraordinary miracles; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace to listen willingly to Divine inspirations and to hear with fruit the Word of God.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Sixth Tuesday – April 22

O glorious Saint! Thy ardent love of God merited for thee the happy privilege of receiving and caressing in thy arms the Divine Infant Jesus; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of receiving Him in the Blessed Eucharist with love and fervent devotion.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Seventh Tuesday- April 29

O glorious Saint! Thou didst confound the heretics and prove to them the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament by causing a dumb animal to kneel down and adore the Sacred Host; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of a lively faith in the Holy Eucharist.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Eighth Tuesday – May 6

O glorious Saint! When men refused to come and hear the Word of God, thou didst call the fishes of the sea to the shore and preach to them; we beseech thee, obtain for us the perfect submission of our minds and hearts to Divine truths.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Ninth Tuesday – May 13

O glorious Saint! As protector of the innocent , thou didst make a child only a few days old speak to save the honor of its mother; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of being strong and submissive to the Will of God in unjust persecutions and of preserving intact the peace and purity of our souls.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Tenth Tuesday – May 20

O glorious Saint! Once, while preaching at Padua, thou didst find thyself at the same time at Lisbon, by a marvelous miracle, to defend thy father against calumny and to save him from death; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace that we may pardon all injuries and love our enemies.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Eleventh Tuesday – May 27

O glorious Saint! By thy prayers, thy zeal, and thy heavenly wisdom thou didst convert thousands of heretics and hardened sinners; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of true conversion, that we may give ourselves entirely to God.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Twelfth Tuesday – June 3

O glorious Saint! In imitation of our Divine redeemer, thou didst spend thy life for the salvation of souls; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace to become saints, to die a happy death, and to praise God forever with thee  and all the saints and angels in Heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Thirteenth Tuesday – June 10

O glorious Saint! God has given thee the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke thy assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech thee, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of thee so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the glory of God and the good of our souls.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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In conclusion recite the Miraculous Responsory:
THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY OF ST. ANTHONY

By St. Bonaventure

1. If then you ask for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.

Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

2. All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
And direst need doth quickly flee;
Let those who know thy power proclaim,
Let Paduans say: “These are of thee.”
Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

3. To Father, Son, may glory be,
And Holy Spirit eternally.

Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

Pray for us, St. Anthony,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God! May the votive commemoration of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Lawsuit filed against Fisher-More March 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
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The beginning of the end?

FORT WORTH — A lawsuit filed in Tarrant County on Monday alleges that Fisher More College, a well-known Catholic institution on the south side of Fort Worth, is more than $100,000 behind in rent, taxes and other payments.

The suit was filed by Modern Village Management. It also seeks $300,000 in damages.

School president Michael King said late Monday that the suit “was unexpected. There is a disagreement about the current status of the lease.”

He said they were unaware of the suit until notified by News 8 earlier in the day.

The crux of Taylor Marshall’s concerns about Fisher-More were financial.  While this former religious house may be spacious and beautiful, Taylor and many others associated with FMC felt it was far beyond the college’s ability to financially support.

It’s a really sad deal for the kids and many hopeful families.  The former property Fisher-More existed on until last year, when it was sold by Mr. King, has all been torn down.

I have heard from many current or recent Fisher-More employees, students, family members, etc, that this shoe was about to drop.  All hearsay, but from numerous different sources, all saying the same things independent of one another.

I have also been told of massive near-term liabilities in the millions of dollars that will have to be paid in the next 18 months or so just to keep this property – that does not include utilities, faculty pay, food, insurance, etc.

Absent a massive infusion of cash, Fisher-More’s future is in grave doubt.

I have come to learn how many dreams were tied up in this tiny college.  There are numerous broken hearts all around.

There is a lot of casting out going on March 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Fr. Peter Carota – to my mind, one of the best blogging priests out there (will he be permitted to continue to do so, in light of recent events?) – has a couple of recent posts that touch on a subject that’s been troubling me for some time, off and on.  I have approached this topic in several drafts, only to feel unsatisfied with the result.  Maybe this time will be different.

The first post by Fr. Carota highlights the fact that in the present crisis, all those who love and adhere to Catholic belief – you can call them traditional, faithful, orthodox, or whatever – must band together in defense of that belief.  It seems to many who feel themselves orthodox or traditional Catholics that Catholic Dogmas are under greater threat than any time in the past 40 years or so.  Not since the wild days that followed the Council have we seen so many doctrines being suddenly up for discussion, and not just by feminist religious or heretical priests, but by members of the hierarchy.

Different people have responded to this latest eruption of the modernist heresy in the Church in different ways.  And, these different responses go all the way back to the Council.  There has been a tendency among traditional-faithful-orthodox Catholics, however, to criticize, at times very heavily, those who don’t fit their definition of traditional.  I have seen a great deal of this lately from many quarters.

Fr. Carota includes two groups in his list of those who stand for tradition that many might argue are outside the Church, or so erroneous in their own right that they don’t merit being included in the category of “faithful Catholics,” specifically, those who adhere to the SSPX and sede vacantist groups.  As Fr. Carota defines it, however, he sees all these groups as being warriors against the dominant heresy of modernism, and thus allies in the fight to defend the Faith (all emphasis in original):

 As a learning traditionalist, I try to learn as much as I can and teach it to others for the good of our beloved Catholic Church.  I am not writing this to attack the SSPX (Society of Pius X) or the Sedevacantist (Pope Peter’s Chair is Vacant).  Actually I very much respect the very fundamental force behind these groups, which is as I see it, is fighting against the heresy of modernism.  I also respect very much their love for the ancient Rites of the Roman Catholic Church.

I bring this up for a very important reason.  Instead of us attacking each other, right now at this important time, we need to recognize our difference (which I briefly tried to articulate) and then pray and work together for the very very important restoration of traditional Catholic truth and liturgies.  There is too much unnecessary division and animosity between us.  Let us all pray and offer up our sacrifices this lent for the repentance and restoration of Jesus’ Church to its original pristine condition.  In the mean time, let us love each other and even love those who seem to be working to destroy the Church.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph help us.

In a subsequent post, Fr. Carota attempts a definition of what it means to be a “traditional” Catholic:

Most of us call ourselves “Traditional Catholics” because we believe in the 2000 year old tradition of the Catholic Church.  Today, in the Novus Ordo Church, we are considered bad and old fashion.  So to defend our position we need to start by showing that tradition has always been part of the what makes up the basic component of what it means to be a Catholic.  Far from being something evil, tradition is, and alway will be, one of the most important parts of what it means to be a Catholic.

Fr. Carota then lists and explains the three pillars of Catholic belief, Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium.  He also notes that the 21 ecumenical councils are huge parts of the teaching authority of the Church (I add comments to this section):

The teaching authority of the Church is found in all the documents from all the 21 ecumenical councils.  Vatican II being just one amongst many and was never intended to be a council that defined doctrine (it was pastoral). [Both popes that oversaw Vatican II declared it was pastoral in orientation, but there were some definitions.  It is the new matters covered and the imprecise, even contradictory definitions, that stand in stark contrast to the preceding Magisterium, including the 20 preceding ecumenical councils.] Yet most Catholics treat it as if is were the only council and wrongly base all their Catholic belief and practices on its documents. [I would say, even more, they took the imprecise definitions in those documents and ran with them, using them to attempt to build a new church.  At this point it time, it appears they have been largely successful.]

We are so fortunate to be TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS and know otherwise.

Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them.”

~Pope St. Felix III

I love that last quote. Pope St. Felix III reigned towards the end of the 5th century, a time when the Church was riven by heresy.  I can’t say whether Pope Felix intended to include popes in his list of those whose error should be opposed. That is perhaps the critical difference of our time, and people’s reactions are going to vary, as Pat Archbold notes in this very good piece (I agree with Pat).  I really don’t believe, however, that just because someone comes to a different conclusion, they are “cast out” or no longer traditional.  I’ve seen a lot of that lately, claims that this person or that is “not traditional” because their opinions or actions differ a bit from some other person’s or group’s.

There is an enormous danger towards tribalism in traditional Catholicism.  There is a tendency to define one’s particular subset of Tradition as being the only one that is right or acceptable. There is a tendency, especially on the internet, to put for the appearance – perhaps it’s only that – that one has all the answers, and those that disagree are gravely deficient.    I’m not sure I fully agree with Fr. Carota’s stance regarding sede vacantists, as their belief tends to revolve around a single, very substantial error, but aside from that, I think this is a time primarily for leeway and not for internecine strife.

I truly believe we are heading towards a monumental crisis in the Faith, a crisis which will reach its head in a  few months.  Very powerful forces, perhaps even with the support of the highest authority, are proposing redefinitions of belief and praxis that will have the effect of obliterating all Catholic Dogmas on marriage, human sexuality, and all related matters.

And not only that, but as Fr. Carota notes in another post, ideas being pushed for the upcoming Synod, if accepted as mere “pastoral” solutions, would argue powerfully that the Church has been painfully wrong on a number of critical moral issues, and the Orthodox and/or protestants right.

So, I strongly agree with Fr. Carota that now is a time for all those who love the Faith and know and strive to adhere to its constant, 2000 year beliefs, to come together to proclaim that belief and to show how it contrasts with so many proposals of today.  It’s a time for prayer and penance, and not for shouting matches between those of mostly like minds.  It is a time to accept in humility that someone else’s point of view may be right, or at least have merit.  It’s a time to show how beautiful and loving the true practice of the Faith can be.