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Pope Francis gives stirring reflection on the need for unity with the Church September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Papa, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the return.
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One could even say it is beautiful, in parts.  It is occasional statements like this that make me uncertain as to what Pope Francis really believes, how he rationalizes relatively strong statements like this with some others that seem to cause such confusion.

But enough with my impressions, a commenter left a link to another site covering this same info yesterday, and I did not have time to read it. I hope L understands that my return comment to her was general and not in reference to this particular exhortation from the Pope:

Without the Church, which is our mother, we can not go on. This was confirmed by Pope Francis in his sermon for the feast of the Dolors of Mary at Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house “Domus Sanctae Marthae.” 

After the liturgy of the Exultation of the Cross, we are shown in the present day, a humble and gentle mother. In the Letter to the Hebrews (Heb 5:7 to 9), the apostle Paul emphasizes three powerful words: “Jesus taught, he obeyed and he suffered” (“Though he was a Son, he learned obedience through suffering”; V. 6). The Pope explains this is the contrary to what happened with the progenitor, Adam. He did not want to learn the Commandments of the Lord, nor did he want to suffer or obey. Though he was God, Jesus offered Himself on the other hand, He humbled Himself by becoming the servant: “This is the glory of the cross of Jesus”. [And I like this thought very much, but is it undermined by certain statements to other religions that reject both Christ as God and Mary as Mother of God?]

“Jesus came into the world,” said Francis, “to learn to be human, to be human, to go with the people. He came into the world, to obey, and he obeyed. But he has learned this obedience through suffering. [OK, since I know nits will be picked, I may as well jump the gun.  I think this statement can be true in a sense, but Christ, being God, is the perfect embodiment of all virtue, and was just as omniscient as God the Father, being always part of the Trinity even while man, and so He knew obedience perfectly before enduring any suffering.  But He did give us the example of obedience through suffering. The translation on Eponymous Flower could be spotty.] Adam has left from paradise with a promise, the promise that has been going on over the many centuries. Today, with this obedience, this self-destruction, with this self-humiliation of Jesus, that promise is to hope. And the people of God go ahead with this certain hope. The Mother, ‘the New Eve,’ as Paul called her, would share this way with her Son: she learned, suffered and obeyed. And she became a mother.”

The Gospel (Jn 19:25 – 27) shows us Mary at the foot of the Cross. Jesus says to John: “Behold your mother” (verse 27). Thus Mary would be “anointed as the mother:”

“And this is our hope. We are not orphans, we have mothers: Mother Mary. But the Church is the mother, and the Church is anointed as mother and she strikes out on the same way as Mary and Jesus, the way of obedience, the way of suffering, and if it continues that attitude to keep learning the way of the Lord. These two women – Mary and the Church – bring forward in hope, which is Christ, they give us Christ, they bear witness to Christ in us. Without Mary, there would have been no Jesus Christ. . “Without the Church, we can not precede.” [And I think that is true. But what is the understanding of the “Church?”  Is it the Church of Rome, of the Apostles and the constant line of bishops since and formal communion with Her, or does it exist invisibly and include even people who reject and attack Her?  How can we be full “brothers” with protestants who spit on the Blessed Mother? This is where I get confused, not about what I believe, but about what Francis believes. I find it very difficult to reconcile a strong Marian ecclesiology with such a fervent embrace of protestants.  Being a former protestant, I well know the degree to which most protestants despise their caricatured understanding of Marian theology, and how much their erroneous understanding of the Blessed Mother distorts their whole approach to Christianity.]

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There is more at the link.  The lede at Eponymous Flower said, in quotes: “Pope Francis: “No Way For Christians Without the Holy, Hierarchical, Mother Church”, which I didn’t see directly in any of the text, so it’s possible some good parts got left out.  Sorry if that is the case. I am out for the day.

What are they thinking? September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, error, foolishness, non squitur, paganism, rank stupidity, secularism, sickness, silliness, Society.
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This is a bit non sequitur, but what the heck are these truckers thinking?  I see more and more of this lately, truckers sporting huge spikes on the lug bolts of their front tires.  Do you know what that could do to some car’s tire?  Or another truck?  Or even the car itself?

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I would say about 1 in 10 or 15 trucks these days has these things.  And the number is growing rapidly –  I never saw these even a year or two ago.  I caught these two in a traffic jam on 635 within a minute or two of each other a few days back.

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I don’t know if this is some attempt to be cute, some theft deterrent, or just being “bad,” but I’ll say this – they are dangerous, and I can’t believe they are legal.  How would someone like it if I had spinning saw blades mounted on the side of my vehicle?  Well……when travelling at any speeds, that’s exactly what these things are.

I suppose, being understanding and all that, they could be just for appearance and are really made out of soft plastic and designed to break away upon contact?  But that would still leave a potential to hose up the finish on someone’s car pretty good.  On the other hand, they could be a sign of the growing indifference many people have towards their fellow man.  I could see someone’s tire getting blown out by these things and then their vehicle flipping and getting run over by the trailer.  And wouldn’t that be fun?

Anyone know what’s up with these things?

Centuries of anti-Catholic propaganda have wreaked havoc on the Church September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, paganism, Papa, persecution, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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I found the following excerpt in the neat biography my wife gave me of Pope Leo XIII.  Now, the bio was published in 1877, nearly 140 years ago, but even at that time the Church had been under direct and sustained attack from the forces of leftism for over a century.  Beginning with Luther’s satanic revolt, building in the rationalism that inevitably followed, and reaching full flower in the socio-political theories of Hobbes, Locke, and others, the state we are in today is the result of 500 years of direct, hate-filled attack on the Church.  And it has been hate-filled; n-lplfrom Luther on down, all those who have taken up pen and sword against the Church have been motivated by a perverse self-love which feeds a hatred of the Church that has the temerity to say “no.”

I thought you might find some of the below, taken from pp. 47-52 of Life of Leo XIII:

The more privileged a people is in all the rarest gifts of intellect and heart, the more lavish toward them has been the bounty of Providence in the supernatural order, the deeper will be the perversion effected by an anti-Christian propaganda. What ruin, what desolation is comparable to the sowing of the minds of an entire nation [or an entire Church] with errors, prejudices, passions, which, taking deep root, prevent the possibility of cultivating or planting therein the most necessary and salutary religious notions?

Such had been the process carried on among all classes of the Italian population ever since the days of Voltaire……As in France, so in Italy, skepticism first tainted the upper classes, and from them and by them the intellectual pestilence had been spread downwards through the ambitious middle classes, reaching at length the laboring population in city and country.  And so, when pope-leo-xiiithe revolution of 1789 first startled Europe by its utterances and innovations, every one of its doctrines found a wide echo in Italy, and too willing apostles among the titled and the learned devoted all their energy and influence to the work of popularizing it.  When Voltaire and the Lodge had become incarnate in the Revolution of 1793, and sent their armies into Italy a few years later, there were found, unhappily, but too many influential Italians to hail their advent as the hosts of the new Liberty which denied God and declared war on the existing order of things.

[The people were taught by the revolutionaries……] to despise, to hate, to ridicule, to outrage religion and its ministers; taught Catholics to look upon the august Head of the Church as a usurper in temporal affairs……

The confiscations, the plunder, the destruction, the violation of the most sacred rights, and the disorder thereby caused in the popular mind and heart, in the most deep-seated notions, beliefs, and customs, constituted a condition of things so chaotic that no length of time, no labor of restoration, no efforts of the “discredited” ministers of religion to build up anew the material temple or to win back the confidence of the alienated populations, have achieved anything like a real success, even down to our very day.  [Yes, down to our very day.  The world never recovered from 1789, or 1776, it’s “conservative” progenitor.  It is really impossible for us to even know how much our thinking has been altered – compared to Catholics of 300 years ago – by the intervening intellectual “progress.”  And now the sickness is well-ensconced in the Church.  What now?] Pope_Leo_XIII

How were they to preserve [their children] from the irreligious indifference, the contempt, the hatred of all things holy, the habit of deriding the past, the false notions about liberty, the seductive theories about equality, which were floating forever in the atmosphere, and carried on the wings of the wind like germs of intellectual and moral distempers more fatal than the cholera……

…..The first great triumph of irreligion, in the last half of the 18th century, was to obtain, through the tyranny of the demonic influence of the united Bourbon sovereigns, the suppression of the Jesuits – and to substitute for their numerous colleges in all Latin countries a thoroughly organized system of national non-religious education, as in Spain and Portugal, where the anti-Christian philosophers had it all their own way, on the Voltairean methods which prevaled in France till Napoleon created his National University – the most potent engine, next to the masonic secret societies, ever devised by Caserism to take the youth of a nation out of the hands of Christian parents and the influence of the Church.

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That last bit is interesting, because it is my contention the Jesuits never recovered from the 1773 disbanding of the order and even when reconstituted absorbed some of the choleric atmosphere mentioned above, which laid the seeds for the Jesuit’s future and ongoing destruction.  It is amazing how influential the Jesuits have been in spreading many of the most egregious and damaging leftist/modernist beliefs in the Church over the past 150 years or so – it’s almost as if, chastened by their earlier  (and unjustified) disbandment, they resolved to learn some of the new order so as to be more acceptable, insuring they never met the same fate twice.  But they learned the lesson too well, and became what they had always, always fought against.

For the past 100 years, Jesuits have done more damage to the Church than any other group, perhaps leaving aside the Germanic episcopate.  Maybe they should never have been reestablished?

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Blasphemous satanic black “mass” still scheduled for Sunday, Sept 21 September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, rank stupidity, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, silliness, unadulterated evil.
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And I read somewhere it is “sold out,” whatever that means. Satan is indeed having a field day and then some.  How sad is that?

The infinitely evil affront against the Living God that is the black mass will, barring a miracle or some unforeseen event, take place this Sunday – although, it is believed, without a consecrated Host.  On Our Lord’s day, naturally. I do not know what kind of response is planned in OKC – I hope a very crowded and vociferous one.  At one time I did plan to travel to OKC to participate in any protests, but this dang staph infection  just doesn’t quite want to go away (please keep praying).  And, we must keep praying that this mass – which, by its very nature, recognizes in its blind hatred the existence of not only God but the Real Presence, but rejects the Love of both – will be cancelled.  The affair in Boston at least resulted with the satanists, as they should be, on the run, and having to conduct their evil under cover.  And that was all decided at the last minute, so there is still hope.

TFP Student Action, whatever you think of their parent organization, has pushed a petition that has over 50,000 signatures and is seeking to hit 100,000 before Sunday. The petition will be presented to Oklahoma City civic leaders prior to this sacrilege taking place.  If you haven’t signed it already, you might consider doing so:

I regret to inform you that satanists are still planning a “Black Mass” on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege.  Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­– the “Black Mass” there was stopped.  Canceled.  Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again.

Our first goal of 50,000 petitions has been achieved.  The new goal is now 100,000.  Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the Mayor of Oklahoma City and the Governor of Oklahoma before September 21.

One news item refers to the “Black Mass” in these terms:  “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism.  Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”  [Was that proselytism for satan done by some newsie in ignorance, or forbearance? 

Registered sex offender Adam Daniels will be leading the anti-Catholic satanic ritual on public property.

Every black mass is a direct, deliberate and sinful act of hatred against God.  Typically, a Consecrated Host is stolen from a Catholic Church and then used to desecrate, mock and insult the Catholic Mass.  The Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ is attacked in a most vile and unspeakable manner.  These insults against God are not only offensive to Christians, but also repulsive to everyone of good will.

In this instance, maybe we should be like democrats – voting early and often.  If you have multiple e-mails addresses and a few convenient aliases…..

Locally, I know some parishes will be having Adoration in reparation for this diabolical sickness.  I know Bishop Slattery, at least, plans Eucharist Processions and Adoration in Tulsa.  Are there acts of reparation planned for your diocese or parish?

Lord what a dark time!  Have mercy on us for having so offended You!  Please change our hearts through Your Grace!  Help Your poor suffering Church.