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Start Novena to the Annunciation today! March 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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arely made it in time!  Posted almost at midnight!


This is an ununusual year in that Easter and the Inc. nation of Christ fall on the same day.  I know some folks are doing some special Novenas focused on praying Rosaries to avail of the graces available on this great dual feast.  Noting Christ’s Incarnation and death together certainly have some powerful pro-life implications.  This Novena can be really mighty against abortion and the whole culture of death.


The Novena, which I found beautiful,  is below,  courtesy EWTN:

I greet you, Ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!

Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:

(mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.

Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen. (more…)

So tomorrow’s the day March 15, 2016

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The local job market has been pretty slim pickins.  However, I’ve got a really good shot tomorrow. Face to face interview, final step.  I imagine there is just one other competitor.

It seems all I do anymore is ask for your prayers, but tomorrow 03/16 from 9:30-12 CDT I could sure use them.  God bless you, and be assured of my prayers in return.

My last day at work in video March 14, 2016

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I actually have a really good prospect pending for later this week.  It’s that same one I requested prayers for a couple of weeks ago.  Things continue to move forward, kind of slowly.

I never described my layoff day in much detail.  I think the video below describes it pretty well. You know I had been through numerous rounds of layoffs in the previous few years.  I have basically zero respect for senior management at my former employer and think they are beyond clueless.  They are taking what was at least a pretty fair company and just running it into the ground.  I really believe, odds are, the place will not exist in 2-3 years.

Taking all that frustration and pent up fear and anger that had built for years, and, uh……..yeah.  Things were said.  This video actually describes that final scene pretty well, especially the very end:

Hopefully, it won’t turn out like this:

Sheesh, the plague.  That’s not good.  Thank God for tetracycline.

Pretty close to the mark, eh?

Hero or knave? Man destroys secular, pagan art in cathedral March 13, 2016

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A disgruntled custodian at the Omaha cathedral destroyed secular displays installed in the nave and side chapels of the cathedral for an upcoming flower show.  Why a cathedral would have a flower show is beyond me, but the displays were worse. Now, this man has a bit of troubled history – he has served time in federal prisons for trespassing into secure facilities where nuclear weapons are stored – but he seems to be one of those rare creatures, a relatively orthodox Catholic who happens to be on what many might call the liberal side of things.

I wonder what you think?  Is he a hero for fighting the ongoing secularization and indifferentism in the Church, or is he a wrong for going much too far and physically destroying ostensibly valuable property?  I’ll let you know what I think at the end (my emphasis and comments):

Mark Kenney, 59, who grew up in the parish, had worked at St. Cecilia Cathedral for three years. Around 8 a.m. on Jan. 29, he went to a work shed, picked up a pair of heavy-duty bolt cutters and ascended to a catwalk high above the mostly empty nave, or main sanctuary.

He looked through a peephole, he said, to make sure he wouldn’t hurt any people. And then he cut a steel cable, which sent a suspended, umbrella-carrying, hat-wearing Mary Poppins figure crashing to the floor.

Kenney then went downstairs and removed a cardboard Buddha figure [so this wasn’t just offensive from the sexular pagan perspective, it was indifferent, as well, giving at least tacit support or endorsement for a foreign religion created by devils (Ps xcv:5)] from the Nash Chapel, which also featured costumed mannequins from “The King and I.” He threw the Buddha out one door and proceeded to toss costumed mannequins out two other doors.

Someone alerted the pastor, the Rev. Michael Gutgsell, who ran from the rectory next door to the church and saw Kenney.

“Mark,” he called out, “did you see who did this?”

“Father, it was me. You need to call the police.” [He’s willing to  own up to his crime, such as it was]

Gutgsell had known that his custodian had misgivings about secular displays in the church but says he was dumbfounded and didn’t understand why Kenney would take such drastic action. [Because like a lot of orthodox Catholics, he’s tired of dialogue being a one way liberal harangue and always being expected to just take whatever travesty is visited upon themselves or their parish time after time after time?] In a brief meeting that week, the pastor said, he had asked for Kenney’s promise not to be disruptive.

Now the priest was shocked, saying, “You promised!”

In response, Kenney said, he lashed out. “I started screaming, ‘Father, this is bullshit! We can’t have this in the church. This isn’t culture, it’s Disney crap!’ ” [Maybe this guy’s a nut.  Maybe he’s not really all that faithful. Maybe he has a bunch of bad ideas.  But I have a hard time not liking him from afar, and somewhat admiring him for his willingness to put his faith into action]

……….Damaging items at the flower festival was wrong, and Kenney said in an interview this week that he will make restitution. But he says secular items such as movie characters are inappropriate in the sacred space of the cathedral and amount to sacrilege and idolatry. [I agree]

Gutgsell, a former chancellor of the Omaha Archdiocese and a Catholic University-licensed “canon lawyer,” an expert in church laws and rules, disagrees.

“Obviously, context is everything,” the priest said, noting that the cathedral also is home to about six concerts a year. No sacrilege or disrespect is conveyed, he said, in the concerts or the dozens of exhibits at the flower festival. [Well, a concert is very different from a display of the buddha in a Catholic Church.  As is having Mary Poppins soaring above the nave.  Disrespect may not be deliberate, but that doesn’t make it any less real.  I, for one, believe very strongly that sacred spaces should be reserved for sacred things, entirely.  But we all  know that the Mass has been deliberately denuded of sacrality in a very deliberate effort to fundamentally change the Church, and this is just one more example of that overweening desacralization]

“Cathedrals,” he said, “are kind of the epicenter for culture presentation and development.” [Well, I have a little bit different definition, I’d say cathedrals are the locus of Catholicism in a diocese and the vital center from which the faith emanates to all surrounding regions.  It should be THE most sacred and have THE strongest sense of the Faith – sensus fidei – in the entire diocese.  We can see that this post-conciliar educated canon lawyer obviously has a very different view, that cathedrals are much more about the horizontal, the local “culture,” rather than about the vertical, a focal point of worship  of God and a stronghold of His Church]

Eileen Burke-Sullivan [I like how you render so much honor to your father’s name, even equating it with  your husband’s even though “man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife,” and “the two should become one flesh.” Obviously that’s only for men], a theologian and vice provost for mission and ministry at [Catholic in name only] Creighton University, said she sees no problem. The cathedral and the archdiocese, she said, have supported the arts in Omaha for many years. [As they have bled souls, priests, money, and influence.  Meet the problem, right here]

“In mixing thematic popular culture with the beauty of God’s creation in flowers,” she said, “I don’t think there’s any inherent idolatry.” [Note how she changed the subject, as libs are wont to do, from the banal Disney “art” to flowers and God’s creation.]

The flower festival is produced by the nonprofit Cathedral Arts Project. Its founder and director, Brother William Woeger, each year informs the archbishop of the theme.

Archbishop George Lucas was out of town this week [Of course he was!  I can’t remember the last time a bishop was actually in town to deal with one of these little flaps.  If he wasn’t on his way out of town before, as soon as news broke he was high-tailing to the airport!  I’m not certain if it’s true or not, but it seems the vast majority of bishops spend far less time in their dioceses than they do abroad.  Do you know what Thomas a Kempis says about that.] and unavailable for comment. But spokesman Tim McNeil, the current chancellor, said the archdiocese will review the festival to make sure it is staying within bounds.

He said he sees nothing in “the broad language” of the catechism that would preclude such displays as Mary Poppins being suspended from the ceiling of the cathedral. But he said it would be good to know more specifics in advance. [The catechism is just a handy reference guide.  It is not dogmatic, nor all-inclusive. It’s authors could not foresee every potential abuse even if they wanted to.  But I think many Catholics would be gravely offended to see Mary Poppins or Donald Duck or anything similar hanging over their altar, dominating, as it were] 

………In a letter of termination two days after the festival incident, Gutgsell wrote to Kenney: “None of the florists and none of the volunteers, any number of whom took time off their work or traveled some distance, had the slightest intention or reason to dishonor the Cathedral. You assigned the word ‘desecration’ to the entire project and as a result slandered anyone associated with it.” [This is specious reasoning.  Desecration can occur in absence of deliberate intent, as can scandal. But note the blame-shifting, the real source of problem is with the rector and others who OK’d this production and the “art” displays.  Kenney did not attack the “artists,” per se’, he took a stand against the decisions of the cathedral rector Gutgsell]

………Kenney, who said he confessed his sin to a priest at another Catholic church, feels “closer to God than ever.”[The author of this piece went to some length to paint Kenney as nuts.  This is a continuation of this theme, here he uses left-wing code speak to portray this guy as hearing voices in his head, or nearly so, just as Diane Sawyer tried to do to Bush ’43] He could have handled things differently, he said, and recalls walking through the cathedral in the immediate aftermath and thinking, “What did I do now?”

But he says he is at peace with it, and in a letter to the archbishop objected to “pop art” and “absurd, secular cultural icons” in the cathedral. [+99.  Good on him for the letter]

Kenney hopes that people who agree with him will speak up and that the incident sparks “conversation” about what is appropriate in a church. [Goal achieved]

I’m a bit torn on this.  Destroying property is a form of violence, which I think may have been a bit extreme in this case, but I also am increasingly convinced that the usual faithful Catholic tack of verbal complaint is not going to result in change.  If some future custodians (or anyone else) found ways to destroy objectionable “art” in the cathedral for a few years running, it’s very possible either the art, or the entire festival, would be done away with as too much hassle.  A festival of this kind is just one tiny, relatively innocuous example of the overwhelming tendency in the Church towards secularization and desacralization.  How long will we continue to stand seeing our Church turned into areligious, amoral Amchurch Corp NGO?  What if running away to the TLM isn’t an option at some future date?  What if Amchurch NGO decides to impose the post-conciliar ethos on the TLM/Ecclesia Dei communities?  Is prayer and sacrifice always the only answer?  Did the Church of say, 800 – 1800 always behave in such a pacifist manner? Did not souls carry torches around the 1st Council of Ephesus and threaten to harm the council fathers if they did not name Mary the Mother of God?  Were they wrong to do so?  What about St. Juan de Capistrano and the Crusade in the Balkans, or even St. Francis accompanying the crusade of St. Louis?

The point is, the Church has not always been so pacifist.  Many Saints did not always turn the other cheek when the faith of others was threatened. The Church has been thoroughly feminized over the past 50+ years (a religious brother coming up with a flower festival? Why not a gun show – heh?).  Perhaps this little act of rebellion could also start a conversation on the reassertion of manly virtues in the Church. Yes, you may attract more flies with honey than vinegar, but in the Church today, it’s not real honey, but a false secular saccharine concoction bad for health and worse for the faith.  And sometimes one becomes so overwhelmed with destructive sexularist flies they have to be fought with a strong pesticide.

Personally, I say good on Mark Kenney.  He took his stand, went to confession, and is ready to face the consequences.  Maybe he’s goofy in some other regards, but I don’t categorically repudiate this kind of “extreme” action.  I think if we had seen more of such over the past 50 years, much of the crisis in the Church could have been averted.  Ecclesiastical liberals, like all liberals, are bullies but particularly cowardly bullies.  Maybe there’s a broader lesson here for all of us.

I bet the cathedral does not have secular pop art for next year’s festival.

Hugh Owen giving talk on traditional Catholic approach to marriage Tues Mar 16 March 13, 2016

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Hugh Owen of the very good Kolbe Center for the study of Creation is going to give a talk at Mater Dei parish in Irving, TX from 7-9p this Tuesday, March 16 2016.  The talk will be titled “Marriage Made in Heaven: The Creation of Adam and Eve and the Foundations of Holy Marriage.”  Knowing Owen’s work, it should be a highly informative evening.  I also expect that the ongoing attacks on marriage and the errors from which these attacks stem will also be at least a tangential topic addressed.  There should be some powerful material presented to help comprehend how to resist the attempted destruction of marriage and the family and develop and even stronger conception of God’s intent, as revealed through the Church, towards marriage and the family.

I hope to see you there!

Start Novena to St. Joseph TODAY! March 11, 2016

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Sorry I’m a little late, and that the blog has been in a coma of late.  It will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future (saying such typically being associated with a sudden surge in blogging in the past, but probably not this time).  Between job search, spending time with my family (such a blessing), and various things needing to be done around the house, I just haven”t had much time, nor, I must admit, motivation, for blogging.

BUT………I always try to put out reminders about Novenas and post some from time to time, so here goes. The first one actually came from our local TLM parish, so it will be a repeat for many readers, the other is one I have posted in the past:

O glorious descendant of the kings of Judah, Inheritor of the virtues of all the patriarchs.

Just and happy St. Joseph, listen to my prayer. Thou art my glorious protector, and shall

ever be, after Jesus and Mary the object of my most profound veneration and confidence.

Thou art the most hidden, though the greatest Saint, and art particularly the patron of those

who serve God with the greatest purity and fervor. In union with all those who have ever

been most devoted to thee I now dedicate myself to thy service; beseeching thee, for the

sake of Jesus Christ, who vouchsafed to love and obey thee as a son, to become a father to

me; and to obtain for me the filial respect, confidence and love of a child towards thee.

O powerful advocate of all Christians, whose intercession, as St. Theresa assures us, has

never been found to fail, deign to intercede for me now, and to implore for me the

particular intention of this Novena.

(Mention your intentions here)

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Present me O great Saint to the adorable Trinity, with Whom thou hadst so glorious and so

intimate a correspondence. Obtain that I may never efface by sin the Sacred Image

according to the likeness of which, I was created. Beg for me that my divine Redeemer

would enkindle in my heart and in all hearts, the fire of His Love, and infuse therein the

virtues of His adorable infancy, His purity, simplicity, obedience, and humility.

Obtain for me likewise a lively devotion to thy virgin spouse, and protect me so powerfully

in life and death, that I may have the happiness of dying as thou didst, in the friendship of

my Creator, and under the immediate protection of the Mother of God.


Another, somewhat shorter Novena:

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Prayer: Let us Pray! In Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your Most Holy Mother. Grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our protector. You who live and reign forever and ever. AMEN

Not sure when I’ll post again, though I have a lot to say.  I think we’re entering a new phase in this nation’s demise with this 2016 presidential election.  Looks like our choice will be Trump or Hillary – two amoral pro-abort filthy rich New York leftists pretending to be friends of the common man.  Hoo boy, such a choice!  I might just stay home.

There won’t be one brick or stand of wire laid for a border fence under Trump.