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Biography of Blessed Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko on KERA tonight at 7p June 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, fun, General Catholic, history, North Deanery, priests, Saints, sanctity, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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For those who have TV, there is a biography of martyred Polish priest Blessed Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko tonight (06/02) at 7pm on KERA-World, channel 13.2.  I saw most of it last night and it’s not bad.  The documentary is narrated by Martin Sheen.

For those outside the Dallas area, you can go to this website to see when the documentary about Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, Messenger of Truth, will air in your area.

Given the paucity of worthwhile entertainment for families I thought you might appreciate this suggestion.

I tell you, one of the best parts for me was hearing far lefty Martin Sheen reading a script that pounded on communists pretty hard.  I wonder if his tongue suffered many bite marks as a result?

 

Study finds youth groups destroy Christian faith in young people June 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Domestic Church, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, Society, Virtue.
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A study commissioned by a protestant organization has found that Christian youth groups, with an infantile approach to the faith and a focus heavily on being “hip” to this fallen culture, are a predominate factor in driving many young people from Christianity.  Mind, this study looked at Christians in general and not Catholics, but the Church has mimicked disastrous protestant programs in recent decades and has reaped the same whirlwind of devastation:

A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation. Some time ago, Christian pollster George Barna documented that 61 percent of today’s 20-somethings who had been churched at one point during their teen years are now spiritually disengaged. They do not attend church, read their Bible or pray.

According to a new five-week, three-question national survey sponsored by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC), the youth group itself is the problem. Fifty-five percent of American Christians are concerned with modern youth ministry because it’s too shallow and too entertainment-focused, resulting in an inability to train mature believers. But even if church youth groups had the gravitas of Dallas Theological Seminary, 36 percent of today’s believers are convinced youth groups themselves are not even biblical……

……..“Today’s church has created peer dependency,” McManus says. “The inherent result of youth groups is that teenagers in the church are focused on their peers, not their parents or their pastors. It’s a foreign sociology that leads to immaturity, a greater likelihood of sexual activity, drug experimentation and a rejection of the authority of the Word of God.

I was going to go on about the Prussian school model and the isolation from the family it tends to engender in children (indeed, it was designed to do just that), and how it is unsurprising that when Christians – including the original Christians, Catholics – perpetuate this model by dividing up families and having special Masses for this group, special programs for that……it tends to be self-defeating.

The family is the Church in microcosm. As goes the family, so will go the Church, and vice versa.  Anything that tends to negatively affect the family – such as educating children away from parental influence, with huge emphasis given to how their peers perceive them – will negatively effect the Church.  Lifeteen Masses, CCD, teen youth groups with often highly questionable programs – all these things at least tangentially weaken family unity.  They also help further inculcate children in the culture of peer dependence noted above, and when many young adults today are not just unfaithful regarding their religious duties, but are out and out atheist-communist enemies of the Faith, it is not surprising that so many of these young souls fall away.

So many of these programs are adopted almost unthinkingly, in a spirit of imitation that demonstrates both a lack of understanding of the Faith and of human nature.  Catholic parishes have “vacation bible schools” because protestant sects have them. They even use the same, protestant-generated teaching materials!  That’s just one small example, I could continue on and on through the entire panoply of mimicry. It shows how deranged from the right understanding and practice of the Faith so many in positions of authority in the Church have become.

Anyway, go to Mass as a family.  Don’t go to goofy, gimmicky “special” Masses.  Home school.  Pray together daily. Carefully monitor your kid’s activities, especially on the computer. You can’t guarantee you’re children will remain faithful throughout their lives, but if you do the above, demonstrate virtue, and avoid obvious vice you will immeasurably increase the likelihood that your kids won’t fall away from the Faith.

 

Another parish I’d love to see emulated locally June 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, Tradition, Virtue.
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Should the local TLM parish ever be blessed to build its own, dedicated church (we do have our own church, but it was not built by us, only renovated), I’d like to make another submission for our collective consideration: St. Mary in High Hill, TX, near Schulenburg.

This is another of those glorious Catholic churches built by impoverished German immigrants.  There are a number of such in Texas, although some have been wreckovated to one degree or another.  St. Mary has largely escaped the touch of destruction as renewal:

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Nice exterior.  Nothing extravagant, but all the world would know this is a church, and not an auditorium, library, modernist manifesto, or whatever.

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So much detail, but almost all of it painted, so material cost was minimal.  I love the painted ceilings.  Incredibly, many such parishes in rural Texas had similar ceilings whitewashed over!  That happened in St. Louis in Castroville.  Can you imagine painting over such beauty?!  But, hey, the Council demanded it!

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Another aspect of this I really like is all the statuary.  I like how each marble column has a different statue of a Saint attached.  I think a good Catholic church should have as many statues of Saints and Angels as can be fit into it.  You never know when some lost soul might wander into a Church, see a lovely statue of a Saint, and remember some youthful devotion they had.  It’s happened before.

What do you think of the crucifix in stained glass with backlighting?  Interesting, but I’m not sure I’d want that for my dream parish.

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Note the warm colors. This church invites you in. It encourages you to stay.  Cold whites, greys, and beiges, so frequent in church design of today, are not inviting.  They do not encourage lingering.

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Real stained glass.  Not painted glass.

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What a lovely baptismal font.

 

 

 

 

 

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That Pieta looks almost identical to the one in Fredericksburg.

Absolutely fantastic liturgical art, of a quality at least equal to anything above, can be had in abundance from Europe for moderate prices and short lead times.  Ditto fine stained glass windows.  Cost is not really the problem.  Patience is.  And quite possibly, diocesan liturgical committees, many of which have a very rigid interpretation of the unfortunately worded “noble simplicity” statement from Sacrosanctum Concilium.  Many such committees would likely argue that a parish like the above would somehow be counter to the most recent Council.

Which actually says quite a bit, when you think about it.  It says in practical terms, at the local level, the Council is most definitely interpreted as being radically at odds with the perennial belief and practice of the Church.

It is my prayer that if there is a new church built locally, that there be serious effort to make it something timeless and truly great.  We have a truly great local TLM community.  It is huge.  The resources are there.  The commitment is there. I think there is quite a bit of desire to be a part of something really special, to build a church that will be a truly great work of art.

It might take more than the standard 18-24 months to build and finish out such a church.  It might even take decades to acquire really appropriate stained glass and liturgical art.  So be it.  Make it right.  Make it something that will be used and admired for centuries.  While many recently built traditional parishes are certainly great improvements over the architectural and artistic pablum we see in most of the Church, few are really special.  I pray our local church may be.

And I pray it also has a proper, raised pulpit!

Look what they were able to do at this little parish in Flatonia! (different from the one above):

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Pope Francis and the case of the disappearing pectoral crucifix June 2, 2014

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Yeah, I don’t like this post anymore.  Bad post, bad!  I meant it to be funny but it didn’t come out that way.  Just best to delete it.

Kinda neat – Eduardo Verastegui’s first TLM June 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Many faithful souls probably know Mexican actor (and devout Catholic/celibate) Eduardo Verastegui from films such as Bella and For Greater Glory.  Verastegui is extremely active in pro-life work.  So it was kind of neat when my family found on Facebook over the weekend a post from Mr. Verastegui in which he relates his profound joy at having served his first Traditional Latin Mass.  He also includes this photo:

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I am not one of those people who feels a strong compulsion to find support for “our cause” in famous individuals.  I see some items here and there on the internet that seem to indicate that a blogger/writer is pretty hungry to find some movie star, politician, corporate titan or whatever that, surprise!, turns up quoting Scripture on a video or being found assisting at Mass or something.  I mean, that’s nice, but I don’t get too worked up about it.

Except in this sense: when we get to see some indications that a soul has made some major improvements to their life under their willing submission to the Church, then that is a heartening thing insofar as that soul is concerned. That’s what I’m most thrilled about, not that Eduardo Verastegui is now a poster boy for traditionalism, but that he’s found the TLM and has been exposed to the awesome, timeless beauty that is the TLM.  That is always a great thing to see.

The Church in Mexico, as in many Latin American countries, has shown a special antipathy towards the return of the TLM.  There are exceptions, of course – Guadalajara, the traditional home of the most faithful Catholics, for one – but by and large Summorum Pontificum has received as icy a reception in Latin America as it has in any region of the world.  So it might be beneficial to many souls in that vast region to have a high-profile Catholic serve as a sort of apostle for the TLM.  That would be a beautiful thing, too.

Anyway, I am most happy one more soul has found the indescribable wonder and efficacy of the Traditional Mass!

NOTE: The post title makes it sound like this was Verastegui’s first TLM ever.  It was the first he served at.  I would guess he’s probably “attended”/assisted at others.