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God Always Blesses His Church Abundantly…. May 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, mortification, Restoration, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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……..even when the human element is unworthy of the blessing, or actively rejects it.

JMJHF Productions – one of my favorite Youtube channels – shot a great deal of hi def footage at last year’s Chartres pilgrimage.  With this year’s pilgrimage just days away, what better way to prepare and/or get fired up for Pentecost by watching beautiful footage of last year’s?

Find below three videos of the three days’ pilgrimage, one for each day.  There are several others on their playlists.  The Faith is not dead!  It still lives in the beating hearts of many.  As the world darkens, never forget you have allies, including the greatest Ally of them all, Who will reward you abundantly for your faithfulness amidst suffering.

The next one features Bishop Athanasius Schneider at the Pentecost Mass:

The Mass of the Ages, offered with all splendor and dignity, in a thousand year old Church, one of the most beautiful in the world.  Who could ask for anything more than that?

One more, interviews of the pilgrims!  Lord, thank you for such stalwart souls, and please bless Your Church with many, many more!

This is very much a family run enterprise.  They depend on donations to make videos of this kind available.  You can support JMJHF Productions here or by sending a donation to:

St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas
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Bad comment problem again May 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
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I guess there’s always another way to muck things up, and now that I felt I had the valid comments winding up in spam largely licked, now many in the past few days have gone straight to the trash!  That’s never happened before.  It seems there were a spate of comments so affected just today, and a spate on April 21 (sorry for the long delay finding them).  That’s nuts, comments are never supposed to automatically go to trash, only I’m supposed to be able to send them there.

Anyway, I fished out 17 good comments, about 10 of which came from today.  Sorry they were delayed getting posted.  I’ll try to watch the trash folder every few hours to check for more.  If you have been waiting for your comment to post, check now, they should be there.

Sorry and thanks for your patience.  Comments have always been a periodic problem going back years.

Saint Alphonsus – we must all be martyrs, either of the sword, or of patience May 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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In keeping with the previous couple of posts, some exegesis on suffering from St. Alphonsus I found helpful.  I pray you do, as well.  Minimal commentary on this one, I probably say too much as it is:

He that loves God in suffering earns a double reward in paradise.  St. Vincent de Paul said that it was a great misfortune to be free from suffering in this life. And he added, that a congregation or an individual that does not suffer, and is applauded by all the world, is not far from a fall. [AHEM cough-choke-gag]  It 06956ce2b3was on this account that St. Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid, lest God had forgotten him.  St. John Chrysostom says, that when God endows a man with the grace of suffering, he gives him a greater grace than that of raising the dead to life; because in performing miracles man remains God’s debtor; whereas in suffering, God makes Himself the debtor of man.  And he adds, that whoever endures something for God, even had he no other gift that the strength to suffer for the God whom he loves, this would procure for him an immense reward.  Wherefore he affirmed, that he considered St. Paul to have received a greater grace in being bound in chains for Jesus Christ, than in being rapt up to the third heaven in ecstasy.

But patience has a perfect work (Jm i:4). The meaning of this is that nothing is more pleasing to God than to see a soul suffering with patience all the crosses sent her by Him.  The effect of love is to liken the lover to the person loved. St. Francis de Sales said, “All the wounds of Christ are so many mouths, which preach to us that we must suffer for Him. The science of the saints is to suffer constantly for Jesus; and in this way we shall soon become saints.” A person that loves Jesus Christ is anxious to be treated like Jesus Christ – poor, persecuted, and despised.  St. John belied all the saints clothed in white, and with palms in their hands (Apoc vii:9). The palm is the symbol of the martyr, and yet all the saints did not suffer martyrdom; – why, then, do all the saints bear palms in their hands?  St. Gregory replies, that all the saints have been martyrs either of the sword or of patience, so that, he adds, “we can be martyrs without the sword, if we keep patience.”

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There’s an old saying, be careful to ask God for patience, He’ll give you plenty to try your patience.  I fear that in these times our patience will be sorely tested whether we ask for it, or not.

But we should keep in mind that bearing faithfully, patiently, all manner of persecution and scandal is just as valid a way of pleasing God as is being tossed in prison or run upon a sword.  That’s the point of the above, and it’s a lesson vital for the fears and threats we have to deal with almost every day in this sad fallen age.

Pray, do penance, hope, and don’t worry! OK, try hard not to worry.

Furthermore, I consider that leftism must be destroyed.

Hmmm…….

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It feels weird just kind of lopping it on there. It changes the tenor of the end of the post, from hopeful/reflective to combative. Total non sequitur.  Meh.  May not stick with it.  We’ll see. Barnhardt is pretty much always combative, while I try to have an occasional other side.

Shhh…….don’t tell May 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness.
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Look what accidentally jumped into my shopping cart Saturday night.  Numero doce:

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Ain’t she just about the purtiest AK you ever did see?  Who needs 2″ groups at 800 yards, anyway?  I can’t shoot that far, regardless.

Given that the H-woman is almost certain to be our next president, and given her strident statements regarding gun control and mounting rhetoric about banning semi-auto firearms, I consider this purchase not one of excess, but of grave prudence.  Yeah, that’s it………

I was going to get a much cheaper model but when I saw this, with the nickel plate receiver, Guncote, treated barrel, and refinished original Russian AK furniture, I couldn’t say no.  It shipped today.  Might have it by the weekend.  But it’s sort of a secret, so no telling.  It being easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission is a maxim I tend to live by.  So Catholicism was really a natural fit.

I know, shotguns and handguns are probably more practical.  One day I’ll buy another shotgun.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get another handgun, the two I have are fine and they just don’t move me like long arms do.  There are several other semi-autos I’d like to get before anything else, including a C308, FAL, and a Dragunov clone. I did see a really wicked double barrelled semi-auto shotgun at the local shop the other day, but it was almost $1500.

One day:

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Believing in the Doctrine of the Faith Will Get You Fired, and Investigated by Police, at “Catholic” colleges  May 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
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At Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles – a university in the 20th century Jesuit tradition of modernism, immorality, lies, and obfuscation – a lay employee was fired for having the temerity to very gently explain Catholic doctrine to militant students afflicted with perverse inclinations and general confusion over gender identity, which every 4 year old generally figures out quite clearly, unless they attend public schools and most colleges and universities.  In which case, they lose their minds and no longer know up from down, and particularly right from wrong.

Although the students initially acted politely and seemed to appreciate the back and forth of the conversation, you just knew this being a leftist dominated institution in the Year of Our Lord 2016, they would just have to file a complaint.  Complain they did, and now the employee is not only fired from their job at Loyola, but they are under investigation by the Orwellian-named “Bias Incident Response Team,” and the Los Angeles Police.  Which just goes to show that not much has changed since the days of L.A. Confidential:

It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. [How’s that for understatement of the decade?]

When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department. [Was it spooked, was it really afraid, or is this simply part of the process of the radical Left attempting to ratchet up the open persecution of Christians in this country to an entirely more threatening level?]

Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime.

A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were hanging up posters on the subject on April 14.

Cosette Carleo, one of the students involved, told The College Fix in a phone interview that the hate crime under investigation is “denying transgenderism.”….

…..The employee told Carleo, who identifies as gender-neutral, that only two genders exist, male and female, according to the student. Carleo told The Fix that statement was the hate crime.

Carleo responded that “you can have your opinion” as long as it doesn’t “deny my existence.”

Let me rephrase that for honesty: “You can have your opinion, so long as it corresponds to mine, which just happens to be a violent competing religion that will brook no compromise, least of all with you, Christofascist.  Furthermore, I’m insane, and you must not simply share my insanity, but rejoice in it, and call it normality and saneness.”

OK, got a bit windy and harsh there.  But how many marginal people of unhappy unbringings are falling into this mental illness because they perceive not only that it brings them great power and attention (as this example brilliantly illustrates), but it also conveys on them unassailable moral authority and victimhood status that elevates them to veritable superhuman status?  Just whom has the power of the university and police-like state at their back?  It sure ain’t the Catholic.  So forgive me if I scoff at your self-serving claim that my refusal to accept your mental illness as a gender somehow denies your existence.  Give me a break.

Naturally, it turns out that two very different accounts of the exchange have surfaced.  But the supposedly Catholic university has chosen to side entirely with the aggrieved radical, even though there are serious holes in their story. In fact, the university immediately shamed and castigated the employee, refusing to hear her side of events.

The amount of space being given to Catholics to not just “operate” or evangelize, but simply exist, is shrinking at an alarming pace.  I do not think Michael Matt and some others are wrong to fear that before long, the state will find reasons, related to “hate” and “bias,” to refuse to allow us to homeschool our children.  What shall we do then?  If we let our kids be brainwashed by the state, everything we have worked and suffered and struggled for will be for naught.  Much will depend on the specific circumstances, of course, but our options will be limited by deliberate choice.

How long will God allow a culture – and a Church – filled to the gills with such evils to stand?  And where in the heck is Cardinal Gomez in defending this persecuted woman?

The thing is, bowing and scraping to the culture a la Amoris Laetitia isn’t going to buy the Church acceptance or wiggle room.  It’s going to cause the flashing knives of the Left to grow longer and to strike harder.  Hard experience with the world caused the bastions to be built in the first place.  But modernists just had to know better, didn’t they?