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Which It’s Once Again Our Birthday, Sweetness…… August 25, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, foolishness, huh?, self-serving, silliness, The End.
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……..can you guess how many we are this time?

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You have to be about my age or older to get that reference.

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Still no help?  I can be obvious:

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Trust in Saint Joseph! August 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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My dear readers, I have intended for some time to share some testimony I have of good St. Joseph’s incredible intercessory power.  As St. Teresa of Avila said, I have stjoseph34_000never known St. Joseph to fail in a intercessory request made with a fervent heart.

Longer-term readers will recall that I was laid off from my job this past February.  I already had a very strong devotion to St. Joseph, offering daily prayers and two perpetual Novenas to this great Saint, so very powerful and so perfectly suited for the needs of fathers and workers.  I of course turned to him in this time of need, less for myself, but so that I could continue to provide for the many souls who depend upon me.

Needless to say, St. Joseph – with the help of my reader’s many prayers, I am sure – came through in spectacular fashion. I am sort of “maxxed out,” if you will, in my Go-to-Josephcareer field and profession.  Without a move into some kind of mid- or upper-management, it would be very difficult for me to find a job with compensation to match the one I lost in February, let alone improve upon that.  And yet, within a week of being laid off, I was already in discussion on a new job that did just that!  And I had that job offer within 5 weeks of being laid off!  The compensation was even a little better than I had previously, which I thought would be almost impossible, humanly speaking, to obtain.  I was not out of work for even two months.  If you recall the circumstances of my layoff, getting notified just days after the birth of our seventh child, you can see how well the Lord, through St. Joseph’s intercession, provided for me and my family!

But that’s not the half of it.  I have had a continuing, ongoing need for the st-josephpast several months. It’s rather personal and I’d rather not go into what it is, but it’s sort of a constant need that requires continuous intervention or intercession.  And, to be quite frank, meeting this need requires what amounts to a miraculous intervention, because, by human  means, there is really no way this need could be met.  There are far too many variables, far too many unprecedented coincidences, for this need to have not only been met once, but over and over again over months.  I attribute this amazing benefit I’ve received to the intercession of St. Joseph, along with the Blessed Mother and my Guardian Angel. All I can say is, St. Joseph, Deo Gratias!

I must also say that St. Joseph played a critical role in my initial conversion and my abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as other, even more deeply attached sins.

family-driven-faith-3 St. Joseph has played a huge role in the transformation of my life, and continues to provide amazing, really supernatural blessings to myself and my family.  I cannot recommend an ongoing, deep devotion to the foster father of the Lord strongly enough.

In mentioning that need above, which has required truly miraculous intercession, this is the prayer I have used as a perpetual Novena going back 2  years or more now.  I pray this every day with my family, and St. Joseph has always provided for us in our needs:

O Glorious St. Joseph, you who have power to render possible even things that are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress. Take this important and difficult affair under your particular protection that it may end happily. (mention your request)

O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in you. Let it not be said that we would invoke you in vain; and since you are so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that your goodness equals your power. Amen.

St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

We follow that with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.

That’s it!  I think it does help that we pray on our knees and with great devotion. 51josephworker1 Such a short prayer, but one that is very, very powerful.  I can attest to that.

I am not doing this post to brag, or to toot my horn in the slightest.  I have done nothing, other than rely on one of the best gifts Our Lord makes available to us through His Church.

I am doing it to express my heartfelt gratitude to St. Joseph and to encourage others to rely on this benefactor of such sublime power and efficacy.  He is my most trusted Saint and heavenly friend/intercessor, after Our Lady, of course.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Prayer Request for a Family in Need August 23, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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Sorry to be all up in your face with demands today, but would you, in your charity, pray for DdlG and the needs of his family?  He has been a longtime commenter and friend of this blog and is undergoing some trials right now.  Prayers are most needed and appreciated.

Thank you and God bless you.

Prayer Vigil Outside The Men’s Club 08/31/16 August 23, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, mortification, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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I almost let this month slip by without a prayer vigil!  Shame on me.  But it’s been a busy month. Woik, woik, and more woik.  The two posts I’ve done may be it for the day.

Anyway, usual announcement details below.  I’ll be there as close to 8pm as possible.

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

I’ll bring my Catholic flag and Fatima banner.  If you have a Catholic flag or hat or whatever, come represent!

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that ballyhooed “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

I pray I see some of you out there!

Non Sequitur – the Mighty Marlin 60 vs. the Righteous Ruger 10/22 August 4, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, family, firearms, fun, non squitur, silliness, technology, watch.
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Just a fun gun post.  I happen to own both a Marlin 60 and a Ruger 10/22 “tactical.”  Both are .22LR rimfire semi-auto rifles.  Both tend to be quite affordable, the Marlin much more so than the Ruger, especially when the Ruger is tricked out with folding stock, 25 round magazines, Picatinny rails, red dot sight, etc.

I happen to like both guns quite a bit. I’m not a big fan of “tacticool,” modding out guns with all kinds of synthetic stocks, rails, and accessories. They can certainly add a certain amount of utility to a firearm, but they tend to make them heavier and more unwieldy.  I’m just the kind of guy who would freeze at a critical moment trying to decide whether to fire, turn on the laser, use the flashlight, or grab the pistol grip.  Having said that, because it kind of came that way from the start, I’ve tricked out my 10/22 to a probably silly degree.  Pretty much all my other non-hunting rifles are bone stock.

Having said that, in many ways, I prefer the cheap little Marlin to the Ruger.  I think the Marlin’s action is better and smoother.  I think it’s slightly more accurate.  It weighs about half as much (acknowledging, much of that difference is my own fault). And, rather significantly, I’ve never been able to overrun the action of the Marlin with my finger, while I have done that with the Ruger, especially if the ammo isn’t of the best quality.  That is to say, I get a misfeed and the gun jams when trying to fire very quickly in semi-auto. Most of that is probably on the ammo, but I get the impression at times I’ve just flicked my finger faster than the action can work. I’ve never had that happen with the Marlin.

The Ruger has a big advantage in being magazine fed, and holding far more rounds (25 vs. 14 or 15 for the Marlin), if you have BX-25 magazines. Even if one only has the “stock” 10 round cylindrical magazine, it is far easier, and faster, to slap a new magazine in, than it is to reload a 14 round tube, even with speed-loading aids. It is very customizable.  The folding stock can be very handy.  As an entry-level “tactical” or “sporter” type gun, it’s very inexpensive and easy to handle.  With the Marlin, there’s very little around to customize it with, and even adding a scope requires buying special hardware for the rings.  Which, is no big deal, but I bet more than one owner has been frustrated to find that awesome new scope he just bought won’t mount on his rifle as it came from the store.

I really don’t think you can go wrong with either gun.  I agree with the gentleman in the first video, the Marlin 60 makes a very good first gun.  Perhaps not the first gun a child ever shoots – a break action gun might be a more prudent choice – but for a child somewhat experienced with firearms, it is an awesome “first gun” for them to own.  My kids have largely learned to shoot on one.  Even my more skittish daughters like the light weight and ease of handling the Marlin 60.

Pretty thorough review from the great Hickok45 on both guns:

One gun owner who agrees with my take, though most prefer the 10/22 to the Marlin.  I agree with his reasons:

Joe Biden NOT a Knight of Columbus August 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, blogfoolery, error.
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A commenter kindly informed me that Joe Biden, in spite of occasional claims to the contrary, has not been a member of the KoC since at least 2008, if he ever has been.  Supreme Knight Carl Andersen made this public in 2008 here. Of course, Biden has made a litany of outrageous claims in his troubling career, so perhaps I should have taken his statements with a grain of salt.

There are other pro-abort or culture of death politicians who are, or have been permitted to remain, Knights in good standing, to the scandal of many, as outlined here.

I apologize for the error and the post in question will be updated/corrected immediately with references to the KoC expunged.

I could’ve really freaked you out……. August 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, silliness, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……..if I had appended this to Friday’s post:

I had a hard time finding a video of that song that wasn’t wholly immodest.  I do enjoy that opening bass riff.

Sorry for the drama.  It was not intentional. I found that little letter from St. Francis de Sales right before I had to leave on Friday, I typed it up in Word and just pasted it, already running late.  I did not mean to cause folks any concern, I simply didn’t have the time to provide the customary preface/conclusion to the text. I may have also had a subconscious thought that it had a great deal more impact if I just left it stand on its own, but I guess because I never envision just walking away like that, I didn’t consider the conclusion that could obviously be drawn from leaving a post of a sort of goodbye letter hanging.

So, sorry again. As I replied to one reader over the weekend, rest assured, if I start feeling like quitting I’ll give plenty of notice.  I have no plans to do so.  I still enjoy it quite a bit, though it’s not as easy to do as it was for a number of years.  For now I plan to keep ‘on truckin.

BTW, I guess I/we just continue to be lucky in our local FSSP parish, but our new priest delivered a very forceful criticism of Guadium Et Spes in his sermon yesterday.  It was very specific and really more than a criticism, more like a full-on denunciation.  I was barely able to restrain myself from standing and doing fist pumps.  That makes 4 of 7 priests assigned since 2010 who have publicly criticized/denounced Vatican II in clear terms.  I understand there is a divergence of opinion among Fraternity priests regarding both the doctrinal correctness of the documents of Vatican II or the prudence of criticizing them, but in my experience I have seen quite a bit of willingness to say those things that need to be said.  Maybe that is one reason the local parish has experienced such phenomenal growth.

After some of the discussion from the comments last week, I found the timing of this sermon most providential………

 

Adios July 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, General Catholic, Saints, sanctity, The End.
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It is with all my heart, I say the word, “Adios.”  To God (A Dios) may you ever belong in this life, serving Him faithfully in the midst of the pains we all have in carrying our crosses, and in the immortal life, blessing Him eternally with all the celestial court.  The greater good of our souls is to be with God; and the greatest good, to be with God alone.

He who is with God alone, is never sad, unless for having offended God, and his sadness then consists in a profound but tranquil and peaceful humility and submission, after which he rises again in the Divine Goodness, by a sweet and perfect confidence, without chagrin or vexation.

He who is with God alone seeks only God, and because God is no less in tribulation than in prosperity, he remains in peace in times of adversity.  

He who is with God alone thinks often of Him in the midst of the occupations of this life.  He who is with God alone would be glad that everyone should know he wishes to serve God, and to be engaged in exercises suitable to keep him united to God.  

Live then entirely to God; desire only to please Him, and to please creatures only in Him; and for Him.  What greater blessing can I wish  you?  Thus, then, by this continual wish I make for your soul, I say: Adios.

To God let us belong, without end, without reserve, without measure, as He is ours forever.  May we always unite our little crosses with His great one.  

To God let us live, and to God without anything more, since out of Him, and without Him, we seek for nothing; no, not even for ourselves, who, indeed, out of Him, and without Him, are only true nothings.

Adios.  I desire for you the abundance of Divine Love, which is and will be forever the only good of our hearts, given to us only for Him, who has given His Heart entirely to us.

Let Jesus be our crown!  Let Mary be our hope!  I am, in the name of the Son and the Mother,

Sincerely yours,

Tantumfrogo Francisco de Sales

 

Reminder – Men’s Prayer Vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ Wed July 27 2016 July 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, mortification, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Virtue.
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I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY July 27 @ 8:00 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

I’ll bring my Catholic flag and Fatima banner.  If you have a Catholic flag or hat or whatever, come represent!

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that ballyhooed “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

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I pray I see some of you out there!

Who’s Up for a Little Prayer/Protesting? – July 27, 2016 July 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, Restoration, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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It’s been almost a  year since I’ve invited folks to pray outside a den of iniquity with me.  I’ve done it a couple of times since on my own, bu that’s neither here nor there.

Local Dallas men, are you up for some prayer warfare?  I’m thinking we’ll start at the same place we did last time, as it was easy and convenient.

The plan is to do it Wednesday night, July 27 at 8 pm.  The place:

The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY OCT 21 @ 8pm – actually across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.  

I will stay for at least an hour.  

Thanks to MFG and the TFP, I have an awesome banner and flag for us to demonstrate who we are.  

I’m psyched. It’s been too long:

Dang skippy.

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