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A Novena for our time – Mary, Undoer of Knots October 22, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, blogfoolery, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, sanctity, silliness, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition.
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And boy do we have some knots surrounding us these days!  Father Carota yesterday posted this Novena to Maryh Undoer of Knots. What are these knots?  Fr. Carota explains:

There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, pornography, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.”

I might add knots of Synods, bishops, cardinals, and perhaps even popes.  And then there are other knots, knots between faithful souls of good conscience all struggling their best to respond in the greatest charity they are capable of to the crisis which surround, subsumes, and envelopes all in the Church.  These knots of internecine strife between those who should be supportive of one another are sad and maryknotspointless.  We would all do well to remember that none of us have all the answers.

It is a great danger to believe that one is possessed of such unique and full understanding of all these complex and difficult matters of conscience that all that disagree with “our” viewpoint are just terrible Catholics and bad people.

It is also quite amazing for some to believe they have arrived at the only unassailable “right answer” after a few months study on subjects that even the greatest minds in the history of the Church struggled with for a lifetime.

I’m not talking about those who denounce the clear error of modernists, I’m talking about the fratricidal conflict between those most faithful and devout Catholics who should be aiding and assisting each other to form a united front against perhaps the greatest threat to orthodoxy the Church has ever faced.  This is exactly the kind of behavior the modernists (and satan) love to see.  Here we have the Church facing probably the greatest existential threats in the form of militant islam and sexular paganism She has endured in 1700 years or so, and yet all some folks seem concerned about is whether group A is criticizing prelate X too harshly, group B too softly, group C doesn’t have the right relation to authority, group D has caved in too much to authority, group E has…….Blah blah blah.  Count me out!  

Now for the Novena:

heart of mary raysVirgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in you heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound up by the Knots.

Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.

No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care.  In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot… I beg you to undo it for the glory of god, once and for all.  You are my hope.

O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.

Hear my plea

Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge.

Our Lady of the Expectation

If the radical modernists have won, it has been because the elements of orthodoxy in the Church have been too distracted, too self-interested, and too disorganized to form effective resistance.

 

City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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I’ve reported on this persecution before.  The gomorrist mayor of Houston a few weeks ago, in a very politically motivated act, launched extremely invasive subpoenas against Houston area evangelical pastors who had opposed her radical pro-sodomite ordinance (including, among other things, provisions that allow men to use women’s public restrooms).  This subpoena demanded all texts of sermons, e-mails, letters, recordings of conversations, texts, Tweets, or any other correspondence of any kind that touched on the mayor, the ordinance, “homosexuality,” and several other broad categories.  There was a big uproar, and the City retrenched.  But now a new and narrower but still egregious subpoena has been launched against the same pastors.  It must be remembered this subpoena carries a strong stench of political retribution because the pastors supported a ballot petition to have the offending pro-sodomite ordinance put to a direct vote of the people.  The City of Houston threw the petition out (even though it garnered 3 times the required signatures) – for unnamed “irregularities” – and opponents of the ordinance then sued the city.   As punishment for such insolence, the city then subpoenaed the pastors, even though they had no direct involvement in the matter.

A few more details in the article quoted below, including the fact that Houston gomorrist mayor Anise Parker may be doing all this to further her post-mayoral political career by playing to the radical leftist/sodomite base:

……the city issued a revised subpoena, which narrows the information sought. From the City of Houston’s filing on Friday:

Request No. 12 originally read: All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.

Defendants hereby revise Request No. 12 as follows: All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.

…..It makes complete sense that Parker would make such a politically aggressive move. She is term limited. This is her lame-duck year in office. This national-news-attracting subpoena is base outreach, and I must compliment her because it is a much savvier move than any Wendy Davis has made. Davis is done. She had flash-in-the-pan popularity among a vocal minority on a widely unpopular issue, which she has long since squandered in issue ignorance and gross insensitivity. Parker is looking to replace Davis as the “It” Woman of the Progressive Left. She has the story, the polish, a better political resume, and intelligence. She just needed name recognition and Progressive cred outside of Houston. Facing off against churches will work for her…….

And thus, persecution of the Church will become a regular feature of left wing (including some Repubniks?) politics from now on, and Father Rodriguez and I have often opined.  The Church continues to be compressed into a narrower and narrower space by the twin forces of islamism and sexular paganism.

The author of the piece, an attorney, also opines that Parker’s move is actually in line with current IRS law, which she claims does inhibit 501(c)3 charities from engaging in anything even remotely political. I think that a doubtful interpretation, but I was not surprised to see that it was dirty ol’ Lyndon Baines himself who instituted that law in order to crush church opposition to his senate run in 1954.  And we see how the gifts of the progressive left just keep on giving!

The author does feel that Supreme Court would overturn any real IRS enforcement of this law, but I, for one, have little confidence that any matter brought before the Supreme Court can be predicted with any confidence.  It’s a crap shoot with those “Catholics in good standing” on the Court every time.

One piece of advice the author gives to churches I do share: gird your loins. We are going to see much, much more of this as it becomes increasingly politically popular to persecute Christians.

I must also reiterate this subpoena apparently affected no Catholic churches or pastors in Houston, because none had taken a strong stand against this immoral ordinance.

 

Prepare for All Souls Day October 22, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Some helpful links and input from MJD regarding the upcoming Feast of All Souls Day, at which time we in the Church Militant can do such good for those in the Church Suffering.  Some of the links are not to explicitly traditional groups but they are all very orthodox and faithful.  I really love Fr. Weinberger and the Carmelite Hermits.  We must remember that the Poor Souls cannot pray for themselves, they are utterly dependent on us for prayes, penance, having Masses offered, all the sources of Grace that can end their sufferings and allow them to spend eternity in the Beatific Vision of God.  And those souls will then certainly pray for us in this life, and perhaps in our own time in Purgatory, should we be so fortunate.  Purgatory is an utterly beautiful and necessary gift from God to His Church, strongly supported by Scripture and a constant belief in the Tradition.  For most souls, we will not be sufficiently holy and devoid of earthly attachments to spend eternity with God at the moment of our judgment, so Purgatory is a literal gift to us poor weak souls, a great mercy from God to allow us to become worthy of being in His Presence even after death.  Without it, many souls now in Heaven would have never made it there:

Sunday, Nov. 2 is the Solemnity of All Souls on the Church Calendar

The Latin Mass Community at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX and other FSSP Parishes and Traditional Latin Mass Communities will celebrate All Souls Day on Monday, Nov. 3

Prepare now to assist in helping the poor souls in purgatory.  Many poor souls (also known as holy souls because they can no longer commit any sins) have no one to pray for them. Less than 1% of those who die go straight to heaven.  We can never assume our recently deceased friends and relatives are in heaven, even if they were fortunate to receive an apostolic blessing before they died. [Great points. The 1% figure may be debatable but great evidence from Scripture and Tradition indicates that very few fly to Heaven at death]

(1) compile your list of deceased relatives and friends

and enroll them in novena masses and prayers during the month of November

suggestions:   Novena of Masses from Nov. 1 – Nov. 30  http://www.stwilliamtheconfessor.org

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter www.materdeiparish.com

Carmelite Hermits www.carmelitehermits.org Mt. Carmel Hermitage

(2) Plan to go to confession on or before Nov. 1 to offer indulgences for the holy souls

Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX offers an excellent explanation: http://materdeiparish.com/2014/10/mass-schedule-saints-day-111-commemoration-souls-113/

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).

Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).

*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Beautiful images of All Souls day from around the world

Beautiful images of All Souls day from around the world

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.

Notes:

Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.1351870483-all-souls-day-celebrated-in-dhaka_1567405
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.

If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.1351887094-all-souls-day-celebrated-in-bangladesh_1567874
In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.

other sources:

http://www.piousunionofstjoseph.org/

http://www.piousunionofstjoseph.org/the-pious-union/become-a-promoter/

Getting with the new program? Atlanta Archdiocese supports “gay pride” march October 22, 2014

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Via Eponymous Flower, it seems Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s Atlanta archdiocese has tacked into the new direction of the wind blowing in the Church, and now has a Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – perhaps to make the blasphemy even greater – supporting the Atlanta gay pride parade of self-loathing and perversion run wild.  This event already took place on Tuesday past:

Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory, former President of the UCCB and current Archbishop of Atlanta, has authorized the use of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and support for participating in the secular Gay Pride Parade. The event took place on October 14th and the Shrine is listed as a sponsor endorsing the event.

The laity in Atlanta has done nothing, and a cursory search of the internet shows no concern about this event, either.

It’s on the site of the first church built in Atlanta and was first referred to as a shrine in 1954.

Here’s an image of the daily bulletin, where the Shrine promotes the “Gay Pride Parade.”

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Do note the “LGBT” potluck at lower right.  It seems this parish has had a longtime problem comprehending 2000 years of unchanging Christian belief regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are listed on the heretical and condemned “New Ways Ministry” website as “gay friendly.”   I do note that list at the link is a fair bit longer than it was a year or two ago. Lord have mercy.

You really, really do not want to check out their parish website.  Photos of pastor, deacon, and many others set my gaydar ringing at level 9.

The future of the new worldly church?

“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”

If you want to know, at least in fair part, how this came to be, read this.  It was the WWII and “silent” generations that, while being perhaps fiscally and politically somewhat conservative, were truly radical morally.  It was this generation that embraced contraception en masse and oversaw (without much criticism) the explosion of sexual immorality it produced.  It was this generation that constantly patted itself on the back for exploding old social mores as obsolete and counterproductive.  Now they look back on what they’ve wrought and pat themselves on the back. Not all, of course, but the vast majority.  Yes, I’m being harsh and judgmental, but civilizational collapses don’t just happen, they happen because millions of people drop the torch handed down to them by their predecessors.  And it was the generation born roughly 1910-1940 that really, truly, screwed the pooch.  The boomers just built on what was already a large and broad foundation of social revolution inherited from their parents, uncles, teachers, etc.  Again, the “60s” didn’t just emerge out of a vacuum, it was the natural response to decades of shirking traditional morality and undermining Christian belief in formerly Christian countries.