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It’s good to hear from Fr. Rodriguez Again…….. October 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, persecution, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……even if only for a minute or two.  The video excerpt below came from a sermon he gave at the 2016 Fatima Conference held in Chicago recently.  I certainly hope The Fatima Center will upload the entire sermon soon.  Father Rodriguez’ is a voice we hear far too seldom:

The 100th anniversary of Fatima will begin in just over 6 months.  That same year will mark the 500th anniversary of protestantism.  I don’t think one needs a great deal of imagination to  note the ominous portents of such an alignment of dates of the utmost significance.  Then again, Our Blessed Lord said He would come as a thief in the night.  My personal judgment is almost certain to come before any general judgment, so I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

Father’s point is well taken: have we listened?  Yes, of course, the hierarchy most obviously has not.  But have we?  Are we doing all we can to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence and live in accord with God’s Will for us at all times, or do we perhaps reject that will in preference for our own.  We would not be human if, at the very least, we did not struggle mightily with the battle between God’s will for us and our own fallen natures.  I have no problem admitting that far too often, I assert my own will in preference to God’s.  We may be small cogs in a great machine, but if a few million of us really abandoned ourselves to God’s will, the Church and the earth, could, and I dare say would, be transformed.

Another recent video featuring Father Rodriguez I had failed upload records a Mass he offered on Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico.  I am uncertain of when the Mass was offered.  The weather was far from ideal, but the Mass is beautiful.  Perhaps you will find this video as edifying as I did when I first watched it a few weeks ago:

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There is a blog entry of the pilgrimage made up Mt. Cristo Rey and the Mass here.  Lots of photos.  Some regular readers of this blog figure prominently in the photos.  Can you guess who they are?  One is a stunningly handsome man of some years and great wisdom and experience. Yeah, you’d think it’d be me, but I wasn’t there.  I don’t know who put this Mount Cristo Rey together, nor who owns the property, but it looks most impressive!  I pray we may have similar devotional pilgrimages here locally.  Actually, I do know of one upcoming on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, but that’s a private event as far as I know, for now.  Perhaps one day it may be more open to the public.

For those with inquiring minds, to my knowledge, Father’s situation in El Paso remains the same. He remains a priest in good standing, but with no official assignment or apostolate in the Diocese.  Father continues to remain very active, however, as the videos above attest.  There is much more he does for the care of souls, but I’ll leave that lie for now.

May God support and defend Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and may has manifold gifts, piety, and sufferings be amply rewarded by our merciful God.  May His Will be done in all things.

REPOST: Upcoming Novenas for All Saints/All Souls Days October 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I know I am late with this reminder.  Days late.  This post was originally uploaded last year.  It’s really never too late to start a Novena, but sorry the timing is very off on this. I just plum forgot.

Sorry folks, I have been so busy with work today I have had little chance to post.  A quick one on some upcoming Novenas to offer up!

Even as you continue your Novena for Christ the King, Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 start the Novenas for All Saints and All Souls Days.  Novenas below, I pray you find them useful!

Novena Prayer to All Saints

My heavenly brothers and sisters, from those most renowned to those of greatest obscurity, I come before you now in all humility and commend myself, and all who are dear to me, to your intercession.

Pray for us always, that we may awake each day with a burning desire for the Lord whose Face you behold, that we will maintain an intimate personal relationship with Jesus, our Savior and Head, and that we will not hesitate to proclaim God’s greatness to others, and love them as the Lord loves us.

As you offer your continual praise before the throne of God,   I raise my heart to you now to implore your powerful intercession for these special needs:  (………).Mention your intentions

I am confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by our loving and merciful Lord.  By his grace, may we someday join you in the glory of the Father’s house.

Novena Prayer for All Souls

O God, the Creater and Redeemer of all the faithful, 
grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids departed, 
the remission of all their sins; 
that through pious supplications 
they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. 
Who livest and reignest with God the Father 
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, 
God, world without end.

Litany of the Poor Holy Souls in Purgatory

Lord, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ hear us,Christ, graciously hear us.  

God the Father of Heaven,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.  

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.  

God the Holy Ghost,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.  

Holy Trinity, one God,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.  

Holy Mary, Mother of God,Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.

St. Michael,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye angels and archangels,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye orders of blessed spirits,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

St. Joseph,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.

 All ye holy apostles and evangelists,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy martyrs,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy bishops and confessors,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy doctors,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy priests and Levites,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy monks and hermits,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye holy virgins and widows,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

All ye saints of God,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  

Be merciful, Spare them, O Lord  Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

 From all evil,O Lord, deliver them.  From the rigor of Thy justice,O Lord, deliver them.  

From the power of the devil,O Lord, deliver them.  

From long-enduring sorrow,O Lord, deliver them.  

From cruel flames, O Lord, deliver them.  

From horrible darkness,O Lord, deliver them.  

From dreadful weeping and wailing,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy holy nativity,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy most sweet name,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy most profound humiliations,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy infinite love,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy bloody sweat,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy scourging,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy crowning with thorns,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy carrying of the cross,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy most cruel death,O Lord, deliver them.  

Through Thy five most holy wounds,O Lord, deliver them.  

In the day of judgment, We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.  

Thou Who forgavest Magdalen,and didst grant the prayer of the thief, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

That Thou wouldst be pleased to deliver the souls of our parents, relations, friends, and benefactors, from the pains of hell, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

That Thou wouldst be pleased to have mercy on those of whom no special remembrance is made on earth, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

That Thou wouldst be pleased to grant them all the pardon and remission of their sins, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

That Thou wouldst be pleased to receive them into the company of the blessed, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

King of awful majesty, we beseech Thee, hear us.

 Son of God, we beseech Thee, hear us.  

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant unto them eternal rest.  Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  grant unto them eternal rest.  Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  grant unto them rest everlasting.  

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.  Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy,

From the gate of hell, deliver their souls, O Lord.  O Lord, hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee. 

LET US PRAY: O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that, by pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired.  Grant this, O God, Who livest and reignest for ever and ever, Amen.  O eternal God, Who, besides the general precept of charity, hast commanded a particular respect for parents, kindred, and benefactors; grant, we beseech Thee, that, as they were the instruments by which Thy providence bestowed on us our birth, education and innumerable other blessings, so our prayers may be the means to obtain for them a speedy release from their excessive sufferings, and admittance to Thine infinite joys.  Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,And let the perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace. 


White Rose Fundraising Dinner 11/05 @ 7 pm October 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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A couple of local pro-life announcements.  A fundraiser for the White Rose crisis pregnancy center – which, being in Texas, is not required to tell women where they can get abortions, as CPCs are in California, now – will be held Saturday Nov. 5 2016 at 7pm at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.  Admission is $150 per person but the evening features a talk from Steven Mosher of Population Research Institute, a guy I respect greatly.  Yes it’s expensive but the money goes directly to help keep women from having abortions.  All details below:


In addition, though I missed its start by weeks (oopsie!), 40 Days for Life is ongoing.  This is what I get for almost never paying attention to the news, local or otherwise!


They are having a 40 Days for Life rally this Saturday Oct. 29.  It is an ecumenical confab being held at Christ for the Nations Conference Center at the junction of I-35E and US67.  This effort ties in with others occurring in all 50 states, ostensibly.  More details here.  I, for one, would be very wary at that locale. There is a really good sidewalk counselor going to speak there, though.  May well be worth it.

There, I guess I can call this blog Dallas for another month.

PS – If any reader attends the White Rose dinner, I’d love to get a synopsis of the talk by Dr. Mosher.  Thanking you in advance!

Good News for Christians on the Nineveh Plain October 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, horror, martyrdom, persecution, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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A couple of videos showing Christians – probably Orthodox – retaking some churches and returning home.  The devastation of their communities has been extensive.  The churches were ransacked and looted.  Religious art was deliberately destroyed by the satan-worshipping monsters of ISIS.  To a very large extent, however, the United States created this situation, first by invading precipitously, then by committing insufficient forces to pacify the country, then allowing a counterinsurgency to drag out, building hatreds and attracting jihadists from all over, and then by evacuating the country prematurely under Obama’s campaign pledge.  Obama and his administration were even more directly complicit in the formation of ISIS by arming rebels against the Assad regime.  Thus the entire situation can really be laid at our government’s feet.


A 360 view of the devastation, including the hateful sign of nun, for Nazarene, the islamists applied to everything Christian, so it could be identified for ransacking:

Poor Christians.  Assyrian Orthodox, I would guess.  Even after ISIS is driven out, it’s not going to be beer and skittles for them.  I don’t think the Shia-dominated Iraqi army is going to be overly friendly.  It seemed secular strong men – Hussein, Mubarak, Assad –  were really the best friends Christians in the Mideast could have.  Popular government there quickly leads to venting of ancient hatreds.

The Paramount Duty of Shepherds to Guard the Flock Exposes the Manifest Failure of So Many Today October 27, 2016

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From Dom Prosper Gueranger’s exegesis on the life of St. Thomas of Canterbury from the 2nd volume of The Liturgical Year, some commentary on the first and foremost duty of bishops, to guard the flock through defense of the Faith, especially in its most sacred beliefs, from all attacks, and to be willing to suffer even the most outrageous abuses and persecutions in this effort.  Obviously, the bishops of the Church have, almost to a man, fallen far, far short of this lofty ideal in recent decades, and have in many cases not only abandoned their sacred duty but have taken positive action to deliberately undermine the Faith and the good of souls.  Whether one calls this treason or something else, the evidence is overwhelming that the Church has been cursed with shepherds wholly unworthy of the name for a lifetime or more.

In reality, truly saintly bishops like Thomas of Canterbury have always been far too rare, but never in the history of the Church, outside, perhaps, the Arian heresy, have so many bishops not only failed in their duty, but have taken up arms against the constant belief and practice of the Faith.

As per usual, I will add emphasis and comments:

But in what does this sacred liberty consist?  It consists in the Church’s absolute independence from the secular power in the ministry of the Word of God, which she is bound to preach in season and out of season, as St. Paul says, to all mankind, without distinction of race or age or sex; in the administration of the Sacraments, to which she must invite all men without exception, in order to aid the world’s salvation; in the practice, free from all human control, of the Counsels, as well as of the Precepts, of the Gospel; in the unobstructed intercommunication of the several degrees of her sacred hierarchy; in the publication and application of her decrees and ordinances in matters of discipline; in the maintenance and development of the Institutions she has founded; in holding and governing her temporal patrimony; and lastly in the defense of those privileges which have been adjudged to her by the civil authority itself, in order that her ministry of peace and charity might be unembarrassed and respected.

Such is the Liberty of the Church.  It is the bulwark of the Sanctuary.  Every breach there imperils the Hierarchy, and even the very Faith.  A bishop may not flee, as the hireling, nor hold his peace, like those dumb dogs of which the Prophet Isaias speaks, and which are not able to bark (Isa lvi:10).  He is the Watchman of Israel; he is a traitor if he first lets the enemy enter the citadel, and then, but only then, gives the alarm and risks his person and his life. [Would that we had shepherds that would at least do that!  From the first “opening of the windows of the Church,” and the accompanying “razing of the bastions,” not only have virtually all bishops failed to oppose the smoke of satan rushing into every corner of the Church, many have happily joined in its dissemination and penetration into the Body of Christ!  These weak men have been complicit in the Church’s destruction, often willingly  aiding and abetting that effort]  The obligation of laying down his life for his flock begins to be in force at the enemy’s first attack upon the very outposts of the City, which is only safe when they are strongly guarded. 

The consequence of the pastor’s resistance may be of the most serious nature; in which event we must remember a truth which has been admirably expressed by Bossuet in his magnificent panegyric on St. Thomas of Canterbury, which we regret not being able to give from beginning to end.  “It is an established law,” he says, “that every success the Church acquires costs her the life of some of her children, and that in order to secure her rights she must shed her own blood.  Her Divine Spouse redeemed her by the Blood He shed for her; and He wishes that she should purchase on the same terms the graces He bestows upon her.  It was by the blood of the Martyrs that she extended her conquests far beyond the limits of the Roman Empire.  It was her blood that procured her both the peace she enjoyed under the Christian, and the victory she gained over the pagan emperors.  So that as she had to shed her blood for the propagation of her teaching, she had also to bleed in order to make her authority accepted.  The discipline, therefore, as well as the faith of the Church, was to have its Martyrs.”

————End Quote————

That’s a really beautiful analysis by Bossuet.  Does anyone know of a good collection of his writings in English?

That aside, we can see in this lesson the major reason why the Church’s role and influence has diminished, and why her lifeblood is hemorrhaging away on an almost daily basis.  Her leaders have abandoned that missionary spirit and willingness for martyrdom that has provided that great torrents of Grace in the past to sanctify and vivify the Church.  That sense of abandonment of duty is really at the core of the crisis in the Church.  Almost all leaders fear men more than God, and desire earthly comforts and plaudits more than heroic sanctity, even martyrdom.  Again, there have never been huge numbers of souls in the Church possessed of such great holiness, but there have always been enough – and even more, when crises arose in the past, there tended to be more souls who cooperated with Grace to achieve great holiness, to serve as an antidote and restorative for the sources of the crisis.  That is something very much missing in the Church today.

Lay people and lower clergy and religious can fill that vitally needed role to a degree, but at some point, it often requires a very holy prelate to really turn things around and get the Church back on track, a Charles Borromeo or Anthony Marie Claret.  I shall pray with even greater fervor that our own age may finally have such saintly shepherds, the lack of which is at the very core of the dissolution of the Body of Christ we see all around us.