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Special Prayer to St. Joseph after Rosary (and the sorrows and joys of St. Joseph) November 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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For a long time early in this blog’s days I tried to encourage readers to foster a devotion to St. Joseph.  I cannot stress the degree to which that great Saint’s intercession has helped me, and in how many ways.  I consider St. Joseph, along with the prayers of my wife and her download (24)departed mother, as the prime means by which I got clean.  I haven’t shared my getting clean and conversion story much, as far as getting clean, when I finally did in 2007 I was not looking to get clean.  Really a miracle, I suffered very few withdrawals, quitting opioids was  something that more happened to me as a work of Grace, rather than anything I did.  St. Joseph, I am convinced, played a huge role in that.

Of course, good St. Joseph has done far more than that for your not humble enough blogger.  I like to think I have become a far, far better father than I was through the intercession of the foster father of the Lord. I think his intercession has made me a much better man. Certainly his intercession has been vital in my attempts to become a better Catholic. I think he speaks through this blog, in a sense.

So I’ve been remiss in not doing sharing more devotions to St. Joseph over the past 3 years or so.  I’ve been privately using prayers from a nice book of St. Joseph prayers for a while, but for some reason failed to share any with you.  Even though November is not exactly a month dedicated to Our Lady’s chaste spouse and protector, I thought no better time than the present.

The prayer is a beautiful meditation and imprecation to St. Joseph to be prayed after completing a Rosary. I think it very appropriate for this particular time in the history of the Church. After that, I include the seven sorrows and joys particular to St. Joseph. I pray you find this post edifying and helpful!

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also.

By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ. Keep far from us, most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption.  Mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.  Keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that, supported by thine example and thine assistance, we may be enabled to live a holy life, die a happy death, and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven.  

Amen.

I do wonder a bit about prayers that invoke protection from “all adversity.”  Are we not to take up our cross and follow Jesus?  St. Alphonsus says that salvation without suffering is impossible.  So perhaps consider that in the sense of the state of the Church today, where finding the path to sanctity is so difficult, and not in the broad sense of literally all adversity.

 

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The Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph:

  1. The doubt of St. Joseph (Matt i:19)
  2. The poverty of Jesus’ birth (Lk ii:7)
  3. The Circumcision (Lk ii:21)
  4. The prophecy of Simeon (Lk ii:34)
  5. The flight into Egypt (Mt ii:14)
  6. The return from Egypt (Mt ii:22)
  7. The loss of the Child Jesus (Lk ii:45)

The Seven Joys of St. Joseph:StStylianos

  1. The message of the angel (Mt i:20)
  2. The birth of the Savior (Lk ii:7)
  3. The Holy Name of Jesus (Mt i:25)
  4. The effects of the Redemption (Lk ii:34)
  5. The overthrow of the idols of Egypt (Is xix:1)
  6. Life with Jesus and Mary at Nazareth (Lk ii:39)
  7. The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Lk ii:46)

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New York AG launches investigation of Exxon over climate-change denial November 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Our adversaries on the left have really been tipping their hands of late, have they not?  Have we seen such widespread anarchy on college campuses since the 70s, all of it ginned up by progressive agitation?  I’ve already posted about political pressure being applied by radical environmental groups to leftist governmental agents to prosecute those who “deny” so-called climate change.  Now the Attorney General of New York state is putting that agitation into action, launching a fishing expedition investigation against ExxonMobil Corporation for supposed sins against sweet mother gaia.

If this investigation is successful in changing ExxonMobil’s behavior, it will set a chilling precedent. If they can crush the second-wealthiest corporation in the United States, or at least bring them to heel, think what they can do to your or me:

Few citizens would include “climate change” among New York State’s top law-enforcement priorities. Few, that is, except the one citizen who happens to be New York’s attorney general: Eric Schneiderman. On November 4, Schneiderman launched an investigation of ExxonMobil for allegedly misrepresenting the risks of climate change. The first strike: a subpoena demanding Exxon hand over all of its documents relating to climate research from 1977 to the present, including any communications regarding such research with outside groups. [How much would you like to bet that if Exxon complies, these records will somehow make their way into the public sphere, to be used by environmental groups for agitation against and even persecution of those scientists who have been skeptical of global warming claims?]

The use of government prosecutorial power to silence those who deviate from climate-change orthodoxy is an emerging goal of the green lobby. In recent months, more than 40 environmental groups as well as all the Democratic presidential candidates have called on U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch to conduct a federal probe of Exxon—though the politicians and pressure groups cannot specify any crimes that the firm committed. Lynch hasn’t responded to this pressure; thus, it has fallen to Schneiderman to satiate the progressive bloodlust against energy companies. Already the New York AG has forced another company, Peabody Energy, to settle charges that it concealed the risks of climate change.

Ostensibly, the Exxon investigation focuses on whether the company disclosed to investors the financial risks arising from global warming; in particular, the risk that government regulation could require Exxon—and other oil companies—to leave reserves in the ground. But Exxon’s most recent annual report prominently highlights the risk of government regulation…..

……The theory is tenuous, but the endgame is clear: to force Exxon and other companies to settle. Even when the underlying legal theory is frivolous, responding to a subpoena like the one served on Exxon—which seeks nearly 30 years of records—presents high financial and reputational costs. Moreover, the risk of criminal prosecution is one that most companies, particularly publicly-traded companies, can’t afford to take. Peabody Energy has already buckled under the threat of prosecution. After a few more energy companies embrace climate alarmism to avoid the taint of prosecution, the rest of the industry will be sufficiently intimidated to pull any funding from groups that question “established climate science.”

Progressives like to claim that there is an overwhelming consensus in favor of radical action on climate change. That may not currently be true, but it certainly will be once climate dissent is outlawed.

If the left cannot win by convincing, they’re perfectly happy with coercion.  More and more, coercion seems their default mode of operation, as the generation of millenials* raised by boomer parents and thoroughly indoctrinated in leftism since grade 1 comes of age.

But of course, why not?  Most of the leadership of the worldwide radical environmental movement simply traded in their communist party credentials for Greenpeace or Sierra Club.

In fact, this recent effort is part of an orchestrated plot by the enviro-nuts to use tactics similar to those used by the anti-tobacco movement (but marijuana’s great!) to basically declare fossil fuels, if not illegal, hideous in polite company.  The so-called “Climate Accountability Institute” has been holding workshops for environmentalists and like-minded government apparatchiks for years preparing for their great state-powered legal movement against climate change “deniers.”  But remember, the left is the religion of science, free expression and unlimited inquiry!  Till they get power, then it’s all Arbeit Macht Frei.  How it works:

The reader should take a moment to grasp the momentous logic: We know legally ‘incriminating documents’ (their choice of words) ‘may’ exist, because tobacco activists had a breakthrough with such documents. They need to be found in order to make climate change a ‘looming threat’ in the public mind.

Try thinking of a more reverse-engineered form of activism.  [If they don’t exist, you can bet they’ll invent some]

This article is very long and detailed, and reveals the degree of underhandedness, coercion, manipulation, and general malfeasance on the part of the radical enviro-lobby.  The closer they get to the goal, the more naked their tactics become.

I think I’ll go buy a pack of Camel Turkish Gold right now.

All you need to know about so-called climate change:

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But they couldn’t care less.  It’s not about data, or science, it’s religion.  Tragically, the Church now has a magisterial document taking a hard stand on a most dubious scientific theory.  That really ought to help resolidify the Church’s doctrinal edifice, shouldn’t it?

*- I mean the vast majority, obviously, there are always exceptions and I am blessed to know some

The hell experienced by orthodox Catholics in leftist “Catholic” theology departments November 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, priests, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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This article by Dorothy Cummings McLean is a bit old – two weeks – but it’s an extremely valuable post relating what it’s like for even a “centre-left” Canadian theology student at a major Jesuit “Catholic” college theology department – in this case, Boston College.  Her tale confirms others I’ve heard from more outwardly conservative souls, men with STLs from the Angelicum in Rome who have a hard time getting a job as a youth minister because NO ostensibly Catholic college would ever touch anyone so hideous as to be “conservative” and faithful, or women who graduated summa cum laude from highly reputable universities who are barred admittance to theology programs because they actually adhere to the Doctrine of the Faith.  The leftists populating the Catholic academia today are both lazy and ignorant, and they are terrified of well-formed orthodox students.  Beyond their easy (and very tired) leftist shibboleths, they have literally nothing to offer, save for personal immorality and dedication to leftist political agitation.

Some of the more troubling excerpts:

The brain-blowing combination of asserting that what is not Catholic teaching is somehow Catholic teaching and then shrieking like a frightened schoolgirl when the word “heresy” is uttered is what the American Catholic/Jesuit theological academy is all about, and I should know. I was in it for two of the most miserable years of my life………

…….That was what it was like for the next two years. Outrageous gossip about professors and theologians I respected as heroes. (“So, Dorothy, does X have AIDS?” “Y was a drunk, of course.” “I hope it’s true Z had a mistress.”) Conspiracy. (“Tell me, Dorothy, what does Professor Q say in his classes about….”) Outrageous remarks. (“Bishops are thugs!”) Boasting. (“And I said, ‘Senator…’”) And paranoia. Insane paranoia. (“Dorothy, don’t write that down!“)

To my amazement, I discovered that a professor I admired was nervous of me because he thought I was “conservative”—not a good thing to be in the Boston College theology department, let me tell you. (“But I thought I was center-left”, I wailed to a friend from home.) And after a visiting priest-professor had a neurotic hissy fit aimed at me before all my classmates—because I questioned his view that the ordained priesthood and Sunday Mass attendance were ultimately doomed—and I complained to the priest-professor in charge of this class, he suggested that this man, too, was afraid of me……..

……..What I did not know, when I blithely applied to study with them, was that the Boston College professors whose books I had admired did not publish what they really thought. I had no idea, for example, that one woman professor was all in favour of women’s ordination until I turned up in Boston…….. The delicate balance I had admired, the appeal to both liberals and conservatives while sticking to the bounds of orthodoxy, was just a clever trick.  The profs would say what they liked in class to their students; tape recorders were, of course, banned.

There was also a lot of theological arm-twisting. In one scarring incident, a pastoral theology professor showed up to my PhD seminar class with two large female henchmen-students and photocopies of an article about Archbishop Sean O’Malley’s obedience to the Roman directive not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to give children to same-sex couples. The topic of the seminar turned out to be, “How do we convince the Archbishop to disobey Rome?” As I tearfully (stupid tears!) defended a child’s right to a mother and a father, priest-colleagues stared silently at the table. [I’m going to say something harsh: but aside from some traditional exceptions, I would rate cowardice, moral, physical, etc.,, as one of the defining characteristics of the post-conciliar priesthood.  Bravery in the face of opposition is a defining masculine characteristic.  Very few priests have it]

U.S. Senators—particularly Catholic Senators—consulted the moral theologians of Boston College on a regular basis. One of my Jesuit professors, to the dismay of another Jesuit professor who ranted to me about it, testified that opposing gay marriage was not in keeping with Catholic tradition. This, I imagine, was technically true, since there had never been gay marriage to oppose before. But, naturally, that was another clever trick. [Catholic professors, even priests, supposedly dedicated to getting to the truth, instead offer sophistries and intellectual sleight of hand to advance their political-cultural agenda – IOW, their true religion.]

My theologate in Canada was run for the students; the theology department of Boston College was run for the professors.Students were pawns to be collected and either groomed to continue the professors’ intellectual legacy at other Jesuit colleges, pumped for information about other professors, or bored senseless by Big Names sitting firmly on their laurels….. [are you surprised that those whose very existence as Catholic theologians is a lie would have scruples of immoral behavior in many other areas?]

………“We don’t like to call it a ‘Catholic’ theology department,” said a professor to me while I was there. But, yes, they do. They do when it’s convenient…….

……What would Saint Ignatius have thought, I always wondered, of the one million dollar building named after him? What would he have thought of the $40,000-a-year undergrad tuition-and-board? What would he, who told his Jesuits not to take money for their teaching, have thought about the millions made off the bodies of the football players? Boston College was founded for the poor Irish Catholics of South Boston, but the only Southie accents I heard came from the lips of one ancient retired Jesuit, a secretary and the groundsmen toiling over the landscape so beautiful, manicured and dead.

It’s a bitter experience many Catholics go through, as they try to grow beyond the minimalist offering they are presented with in the vast majority of parishes, finding out that the Church today is not what she is supposed to be.  Quite the contrary, the discover the Church is not only possessed of a few shortcomings, but is in so many instances – in her offices, in her departments, in her priests, in her bishops – the very opposite of what Christ intends for her.  This process of painful discovery, forced on by spiritual starvation, has led millions out of the Church.  Who knows how many other potential converts have been turned away, when they seek to learn what the Catholic Church is all about from a priest or professor, only to be told they’re better off where they’re at now.

Because a lot of priests, and a lot more professors, feel the Catholic Church has nothing to offer anyone, except a cozy career and a launching pad for leftist agitation.  And the benefits are pretty good.  The copier works.  In short, it’s far more about them, than it is the Church, and its sure isn’t about the good of souls, about which they couldn’t give two @#%$s.

I mean, why would they?  Most don’t even believe in an after life (which is why they strain for “heaven” on earth), and if they do, they’re invincibly convinced everyone (except for faithful Catholics) goes there.

It is primarily episcopal cowardice that has brought this situation about.  Don’t forget that.

 

 

Horror: Dallas City Council, under thrall of sodomite activists, imposes transgender bathroom ordinance November 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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The idea that Texas, being a very conservative state, is free from the kind of noxious, totalitarian impositions of radical social agendas from politicians beholden to immoral pressure groups is, unfortunately, not true.  As we saw in Houston, the Dallas City Council, under the leadership of corporate-interest-server mayor Mike Rawlings, has just voted to impose the same kind of “transgender” public restroom ordinance that Houston voters recently overturned by a huge margin.  This new amendment of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance is another instance of blatant pandering to the tiniest of minorities, supposed transgenders making up perhaps a few percent (1-3) of the already tiny minority that enjoys the acts of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Given that Dallas has a population of 1.3 million, for the sake of a few hundred “transgenders” (go ahead, do the math), the remaining million-plus must now be imposed upon in the most invasive, heavy-handed way.

The Dallas city council unanimously voted Tuesday to extend its anti-discrimination ordinance to transgender people, forcing businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms, and vice versa. This applies to all businesses, government buildings and even private schools.

The amendment comes just after Houston residents voted against the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, nicknamed the “bathroom ordinance” for a provision that would force businesses to open their women’s restrooms to men. The ordinance lost 61 to 39 percent.

The Dallas ordinance, which also protects transgendered people from being denied employment and housing based on gender identity, had been worked on for over a year by Adam Medrano, chair of Dallas’ LGBT Task Force, a lobby group for pro-gay laws.

The ordinance, which had been set in place in 2002 for gay and lesbian legal protection, was seen as insufficient in the eyes of LGBT leaders. According to LGBT Task Force member Patti Fink, who praised the amendment, “[T]he transgender community believes they’re not included because the definition of gender identity is stuffed into sexual orientation.” She wanted the amendment to be passed “so it’s clear to those who live in this city [that] they have protections.”

Now, Dallas City Council officials are claiming that the situation is different from that of Houston. They claim voters last November overwhelmingly (77%) passed the essential terms of this ordinance by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes afforded special rights over and above those enjoyed by everyone else.  However, living in the area all my life and following political events at least somewhat closely, the matter of this vote is being misconstrued. I can say that had the voters realized the implications of what was being considered, and how the city council would then take this “permission” granted by the citizens and run with it, the outcome may have been quite different.

Now there is significant opposition rising and I hope it is sufficient to force a vote to overturn this matter.  We shall see if Dallas retains the same level of sanity and basic moral decency as Houston.  I am not overly confident.  Dallas as a city is enthralled with money as few others, and that has always been the basis of its long declining conservatism.  I say declining, because Dallas, from being a reliably conservative city 20-25 years ago, has transitioned into just another urban blue zone, since most of the sensible people with adequate means moved out years ago.  The monetary conservatism has long permitted and even advocated a certain strain of cultural liberalism, at least since the 70s – whatever was best for the corporate bottom line.  So even the remnants of conservatism that existed 25 years ago when Steve Bartlett was mayor were mostly chimera.

Finally, the Dallas News article mentions that even Plano – hyper conservative Plano – has a similar ordinance providing additional protections and benefits to aggrieved minorities.  However, this measure was forced through by the mayor in an extremely contentious vote opposed by a huge number of generally staid and uninvolved Plano voters, and that vote has insured this mayor will be in office for only one term.  He is exceedingly unpopular, and is currently facing a recall effort.  He is in fact trying to turn deep red Plano at least purple, if not blue by building high rise apartment complexes (up to 30-40 stories) adding up to 40,000 new rental units.  The kickbacks to the council members and planning and zoning commission must be stupendous.

Don’t think the Dallas and Plano cases are unrelated. If you want to support the Plano recall effort, go here.

And if you are waiting to see Bishop Farrell’s response to this most notable event in the city which is the cornerstone of his diocese, you’ll probably have a good long wait ahead of you.

Once again, we see civic government in this country undermine the future good for the sake of the political present.  Appeasing outrageously immoral minorities for present political benefit only further undermines the moral order, the effects of the destruction of which falls most disproportionately on children, children who will be irretrievably damaged by the continued expansion of immorality and will then grow up to be even more disordered, immoral, and perpetually aggrieved adults.  Yet another reason why democracies always wind up destroying themselves.