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Act of Petition by St. Leonard of Port Maurice May 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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The following Act of Petition is intended to be offered prior to or during Mass.  Hopefully most or all readers already have well ingrained habits of having numerous petitions every time they assist at Mass, but if you ever find yourself stuck, or just want a really powerful, efficacious prayer, I pray you find the below useful:maxresdefault

O my dear Redeemer, since Thou hast come to me, in order to confer graces upon me, and invitest me to ask them of Thee, hear me now by the depths of thy mercy.  Give me, O my Jesus, an increase of living faith, hope, charity and contrition. Give me humility, patience, purity, and all virtues; take from me all my corruptions. Change this heart, so full of the world and of myself, and give me a new heart conformed to Thy will, so that I may always seek Thy greater glory, and that all its affections may aspire to Thee and aim only at Thy love, without ever deviating even in the very least.  “Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels” (Ps L:12).  Grace is indeed a mighty gift, and though I merit it not, Thou meritest it for me. From a great and glorious God great favors download (2)may be sought; grant me this, then, which I have asked, by Thy Passion, by Thy death; grant it me by the virtue of most holy Mary, by all the merits of the Church Triumphant and Militant; grant it me because Thou art Thyself infinite goodness and mercy.

Here apply yourself to ask with lively faith from God the graces and favors which are needful for yourself and your neighbor.

O Most Holy Trinity, O my omnipotent God, hear these my prayers. Now is not the time to refuse graces even to the most unworthy, because it is not I myself alone that am seeking them, but, together with me, Jesus Christ is supplicating. Though I do not deserve to be heard, Jesus Christ deserves it, Who prays with me, and in me, and for me. Eternal Father, I call up before Thee the promises of Jesus Christ, Who hath said that whatever graces we seek from Thee in His Name, without any other means, they shall be obtained from Thee: “Amen amen I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in My Name, He will give it to you” (Jn XVI:23).

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You might also find this sermon on the few number of the elect edifying.  God bless you!


Is it the USA anymore? May 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, scandals, Society.
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As the federal government (with the strident support of the USCCB) continues to abrogate one of the most fundamental duties of a national government, insuring control over its border, more and more territory that shows on the map as being part of the USA is, in many ways, no longer under US control. For several years, the federal government has warned citizens not to stray south of I-8 in Arizona, because that area is essentially lawless and overrun by drug smugglers, coyotes, and illegal immigrants.

Sign posted on I-8

Sign posted on I-8

So, people are being told, more or less, that an area about the size of West Virginia is no longer sovereign US article-2637789-1E26D9A100000578-577_634x499territory, but is, at the least, up for dispute, because the government cannot safeguard its citizens in this region.

The narcos control large swaths of Mexico.  They routinely post signs – and often, much worse than that – taunting law enforcement in places like Nuevo Laredo over their powerlessness.  They also leave more chilling messages, in the form of decapitated corpses of rivals, police who wouldn’t play ball, or anyone unlucky enough to cross their path.

Now, apparently the narcos are feeling sufficiently brave to extend their tactics of intimidation north of the border:

Two frightening incidents of vandalism in El Paso near the Mexican border in Texas have been interpreted as warnings from drug cartels.

In both instances, a mannequin wearing a suit and tie was tied to a billboard with a noose and messages were scrawled over the placards.

Local station KHOU reports that one of the signs reads ‘Plata o Plombo’ which translates to ‘silver or lead’, a threat used commonly against police officers effectively warning that if they do not accept the cartel’s bribes then they will be shot.

‘This symbol has historically been used by Mexican drug cartels to threaten or intimidate Mexican citizens, business owners and government officials; however, we have never experienced this in El Paso,’ local police said in a press release about the vandalism.

The fear now for many is that the ‘warnings’ shows that the drug cartels- which have not been identified by name- are willing to bring the violence from Mexican border towns into Texas.

article-2637789-1E26D99D00000578-0_634x424Well, they already have.  What the billboard says to me is that they have probably already intimidated quite a bit of law enforcement, and are looking to extend their reach.

El Paso is no mean city.  I think – I hope – we’re a long way from seeing true control over El Paso being contested, but how long will that last?  The narcos have resources that can compete with nation states.  They have billions for private armies, intelligence, counter-intelligence, and much more.  I have read that both the Sinaloas and Los Zetas have counterintelligence capabilities that exceed the NSA/CIA in some areas.

If trends continue developing along the lines they have for the past 30+ years, it is not inconceivable that increasing swaths of US territory along the border will be – or already are – only marginally, notionally US territory.

Oh but fences never work.  The Israeli-Egypt border fence only cut down illegal crossings by 99%.

Egyptian border guards (R) observe from

FSSP to open apostolate in El Paso Diocese May 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, persecution, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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The plight of Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and souls in El Paso attached to the TLM and traditional practice of the Faith, has been a concern close to this blogger’s heart for some time.   For those who may not know, Fr. Michael Rodriguez is a priest of the Diocese of El Paso who embraced the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith some years ago.  He had no background in Tradition.  But as he explored his vocation as a priest and learned more and more about the Faith as it has been practiced for so many centuries, he developed a growing affection for both the Mass of All Ages and all of Tradition.

Under the influence of that Tradition, Fr. Rodriguez became a very outspoken priest on all manner of societal issues.  Specifically, when a scandal developed in El Paso regarding the city council extending medical and other benefits to “same sex” partners of city employees, even against the negative opinion of a large majority of voters, Fr. Rodriguez led the fight against this abuse of power.  He spoke eloquently of Holy Mother Church’s true charity for souls, arguing against normalizing perversion and sin in city policy.  He was frequently treated with enormous hostility by the liberal members of the city council who drove this policy, and the controversy grew to ever greater heights as recall elections against the council members went forward.  He also attracted the ire of many of his brother priests, many of whom, it would seem, had a rather personal interest in the matter.

Events came to a head, and Fr. Rodriguez was banished, more or less, to the furthest reaches of the diocese.  El Paso is a large diocese and much of it is made up of desolate areas with virtually no population.  By the Grace of God, however, what was meant as a punishment has actually turned into a great personal blessing for Fr. Rodriguez and a number of souls, long virtually forgotten in that desolate region.  A lovely chapel was found in one of the communities Father served which had been  left untouched by the post-conciliar “reformers.”  Fr. Rodriguez has used that chapel (and others) to bring the TLM to certain souls in far West Texas who had been hungering for it for many, many years.  Years of prayers were answered, in effect, by Father’s banishment.

However, a problem remained.  Fr. Rodriguez was not allowed to conduct any formal ministry in El Paso, proper. The souls at his former parish who had developed such a great attachment to the TLM were left with no recourse by the diocese for the Mass that sustains them.  For over 2 1/2 years, these souls have undertaken a very edifying campaign of prayer and penance in the hope of having the TLM returned to El Paso proper.

God be praised, those prayers were heard.  Under Bishop Mark Seitz, who replaced the former Bishop, Ochoa, less than a year ago, it has been announced that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will open an apostolate in El Paso beginning in August.

After consulting with the Presbyteral Council, and the Personnel Board of the Diocese, I have invited the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a community of priests dedicated to preserving the Liturgy as it was celebrated prior to the renewal that came with the Second Vatican Council, to come to our Diocese and to serve the parish of the Immaculate Conception in downtown El Paso.  They will be arriving in the Diocese in August 2014.

I think the fact that many souls formerly of Fr. Rodriguez’ parish, San Juan Bautista, have migrated to the SSPX parish in Las Cruces, is the reason for the following statement in the press release, portions of which I believe are inaccurate and/or drastic oversimplifications of how both the FSSP and SSPX approach Vatican II:

The Fraternity is not a group that denies the legitimacy of the Second Vatican Council or criticizes the proper celebration of the Liturgy as it has been renewed……..

“Legitimacy” is not a word I would use.  It implies much that is easily misinterpreted.  But I will demure arguing this point due to the delicacy of this situation, Bishop Seitz has likely had his hands full bringing this apostolate about.


We welcome the coming of the Fraternity of St. Peter and wish them every blessing in our midst.  May God’s Holy Spirit guide us all to make these changes a source of much fruit in our local Church.  May we be known by the love we have for one another.

Interesting conclusion, no?  I know quite a bit about the Diocese of El Paso and its priests, and that last paragraph is just pregnant with meaning.

I would say more, but as I said, this matter is, I am quite certain, very delicate.

I will say congratulations to all the faithful souls of El Paso who have really demonstrated to all of us how persistent, respectful, prayerful effort on the part of the faithful can result in the legitimate needs of even traditional Catholics being met.  Over the past 2 1/2 years, there have been dozens (if not hundreds) of Novenas offered, there have been many prayer vigils outside the chancery, there have been thousands of Rosaries…..all oriented towards getting the TLM back in El Paso proper.

Hopefully, if it be God’s Will, the other request of the faithful, that Fr. Rodriguez be returned to those souls who so love and miss him in El Paso, will be answered soon.  As I said at the top, the “banishment” has not been a negative experience for Fr. Rodriguez in many respects, especially spiritually.  And there have been some long neglected souls who have benefited enormously from his relocation to Presidio/Shafter/Candelaria.  So we shall see how God’s Will plays out in that regard.

But, for now, congratulations to the people of El Paso and those formerly of San Juan Bautista, for their prayerful constancy, and of course to Bishop Mark Seitz, who has in a very short period of time already left quite a mark on the Diocese of El Paso!

Deo Gratias!