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A Little Beautiful Catholic Culture: Saint Benedict Center Sings Byrd’s Ave Verum March 29, 2017

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This is the Saint Benedict Center in New Hampshire, the one with the catholicism.org website.  Sensus Fidelium added the following description on  Youtube:

On October 22, 2016 the Brothers and Sisters from Saint Benedict Center, with some students and volunteers, went to The Arbors of Bedford, an Assisted Living Facility in New Hampshire, to sing and play for the residents. Here is our recording of William Byrd’s Ave Verum.

Great, and really well suited to this time of Lent!

A Little Peak at Why Texans Love Their State So Much March 10, 2017

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I lived in Idaho for a year and worked at a place that, because it was such a craptastic nightmare of pollution and amazing danger, had to recruit across the entire nation to bring in a flood of new engineers to replace those who constantly left.  So I wound up being a new hire working with people from Arizona, California, Michigan, etc.

Now I was actually replacing a previous UT grad who just bled “Texas is Awesome” all over the place.  He DROVE 24 hours or so back home at least every 2 or 3 months.  He bragged Texas up one side and down the other.  After he left and they hired me, I was fairly homesick.  I, too, lamented having to leave Texas and especially Austin (OK, a, it was different then, and b, I was all of 22), and probably described how awesome it was.  And it drove my co-workers nuts.  They kept asking me, “what’s so great about it, what’s so great about it?”  I had a hard time describing it.

I think those who haven’t lived here for an appreciable length of time can comprehend the extent of the love affair many Texans – natives or transplants – have for this place.  As to the why…….it’s hard to explain.  Texas has its own, very dramatic, history. It was an independent nation.  It is huge.  The food is varied and awesome (Whataburger!).  The women are gorgeous, prettier than any other state I’ve been to, though some other southern states come close.  Cowboys, the oil industry, the ranching, Hispanics that have been in Texas longer than Mexico has been a nation, the huge wide open sky which some easterners used to tall trees and narrow vistas find oppressive.

It has the most varied geography of pretty much any state in the union including maybe even Alaska and California.  You can be in deep East Texas piney woods that look like Alabama, the Rocky Mountains, or flat unbroken scrub brush desert.  But the heart of it all, the prettiest, best part, to me, anyway, is the Hill Country.  I fell in love with the Hill Country in college and have adored it ever since.

The people are generally awesome, too, but we are getting too many and the urban areas have become more and more generic Top 10 market type places. So don’t think about moving here!  There’s snakes everywhere and black widows and you have to rinse the sand out of your coffee cup every morning and its hotter n’ blazes n……..

Seriously, Texas also has a deep Catholic heritage that the fading protestant majority has tried to minimize but which this video gives at least some recognition to.  It’s from the early 60s and is in good color.  You can see the fields of wild bluebonnets that are just about to start blooming, among the Indian Paintbrush and the Firewheel and Mexican Hat and others. There is even a brief shot of a TLM at an ancient mission in South Texas.  German immigrants, of which my wife is a pureblood descendant, get a mention.  Her father is one of the dwindling speakers of Texas German.

Texans I think will really enjoy this video, even though it is possibly a bit hokey and juvenile.  Outsiders will lament and gnash their teeth in great jealousy.  Clear streams with white limestone bottoms, oak and cedar trees, white rock cliffs and rolling coastal pastures, mountain laurels…….my wife and kids are going to Pipe Creek next week, and I have to stay and work. I know everything will be wonderfully in bloom. Waaaahhhhh!

Some Nice Traditional Catholic Culture For You February 3, 2017

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From the great guys at JMJHF Productions, some beautiful chant sung in an old church in Juarez around Christmas.  Wish I could have been there.  Chant like this is very rarely heard in Mexico in these days, especially northern Mexico, always so deleteriously influenced by these United States. I’m sure it was even more amazing in person.  Even though Christmas season officially ended yesterday, we’re still in Epiphany and Septuagesima does not start until next week, so enjoy!


Father Rodriguez on Devotion to Our Lady…… December 5, 2016

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…….and the end of the liturgical  year.  You know me, I have to upload pretty much any material from Fr. Michael Rodriguez that goes public.  He just helped me out this weekend with advice on a thorny moral problem afflicting someone dear to me.  Please keep him in your prayers, his situation in El Paso remains difficult, to say the least; he is a priest in good standing and is doing much good work but he still has no official assignment/role with the Diocese.  The powers that be rarely, especially in a fallen age such as ours,  like having their failings called out, and the failings of Church leadership locally and universally have been as spectacular as they have been numerous in recent decades.  These are the times that try good men’s souls, indeed.

Father ties in devotion to Our Lady with the end of the liturgical year, demonstrating how it is so appropriate for the liturgical year to end on a Saturday, Our Lady’s day.  As we should end each day with devotion to Our Lady, so the liturgical year ends.  He also discusses the Salus Populi Romani, a sacred image of Our Lady painted by St. Luke on a table top built by Our Blessed Lord (I was not aware of that last detail until now).

It’s a short video and well worth your time, I think you’ll pick up several amazing bits regarding this sacred painting and evidence of devotion to Our Lady going back to the early Church.  Of course, it was popular demand, indicating immense devotion of very long practice, that drove the 4th century Council of Ephesus to dogmatically define, as required of belief by all the faithful, that Our Lady is truly the Mother of God, and eminently worthy of veneration and emulation.

Some Good Local Catholic Art…….. September 30, 2016

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……and then have a nice weekend.

Reader SL is also an artist, a couple of whose works I have posted before.  He has a new one I like quite a bit:


And a previous work:


I’m off.  I pray you have a blessed weekend.

Pray for Norcia August 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, religious, sadness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I had heard, vaguely, about an earthquake in Italy this morning, but I had no idea it struck so near to Norcia, a site very dear to all Catholics, but orthodox American Catholics especially, due to the admirable Benedictine community there.  In fact, at this very multinational company at which I now work,I heard a co-worker from Italy being queried about this earthquake and lunchtime; apparently, he had been in touch with some family and they were ok, but some could not be found.  So, I certainly pray for him.

The good news is that the community in Norcia relates that none of the monks were injured.  That’s especially cheering to me, since we know one of them at least a little.  The bad news is that the basilica and other facilities they have spent such great effort refurbishing and restoring have suffered significant damage. Even worse, ongoing aftershocks have forced all the monks but two to relocate to Rome for the time being.  They are being hosted by the generosity of the Benedictine international headquarters at St. Anselmo, while two brothers remain in Norcia to watch over their monastery, sleeping in tents outside for safety.

The monks are asking for, first, prayer support, and, secondly, financial support.  They are going to incur significant expenses, it may be expected, returning the basilica and other facilities to their former condition.  Donations may be made here.

This is a very good community that is doing quite a bit of good work to try to restore a much more authentic practice of religious life in the Church today. One of their foremost concerns in this time of trial, as related by Rorate, was their ability to maintain the order of the Rule while they must relocate and undergo what must be a severe trauma.  I am certain that with God’s grace they will succeed in doing so with little difficulty.  The final note from the monks, that I’ve seen:

Please continue to pray for our community, and consider giving a gift (https://en.nursia.org/donations/) to help our effort to rebuild.

May God bless and sustain them, and shower them in His infinite mercy.

Please also, of course, maintain all those others suffering through this disaster in your prayers.  The last I heard was 140 dead, with many more injured.  The toll may continue to rise.  Apparently, many of the small villages around Norcia were particularly devastated.  We do not know why it pleases God to allow such things to happen, but we do know that He causes great good to come from them if we cooperate with His Grace.

Damage to the sanctuary, courtesy Rorate:


That is so sad.


Catholic Irving August 4, 2016

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Just a short post of some purty pics I’ve come across lately, both related to Irving.  Irving is probably the most Catholic city I’ve ever lived in.  Given that I’ve always lived in protestant-land, that may not be saying much, but there is a slightly discernible difference, even as more and more of the Catholics, principally Hispanics, migrate to the sects.  That visible Catholicism has several sources, rooted primarily in orthodox belief and practice.  It’s the only place we’ve lived where there is a considerable concentration of convicted Catholics living within a mile or two of each other.

It’s hardly Seville at Easter or Siena in 1350, but it’s better than others.

Two pics, one taken by my wife:


Kind of hard to see.  If you save it and open it you can blow it up to see better.

This artwork was done by a young lady that used to live with us and went to Mater Dei for a time:


It’s called Two Hearts, One Love. It’s being displayed in an art exhibit in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

Rather similar to some of the glorious holy cards from times past you find at Holy Card Heaven:

sacred heart bird hand painted colorful

eternal happiness is the recompense of faitful hearts who cling to the Cross with love. Holy Evangelists - Basset copy

Speaking of holy cards, I was told the prayer below was composed by a local priest.  I haven’t researched to see if that’s true or not, but I did enjoy the prayer, but have been meaning to share it, all the same:

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Thy Son I pray; May the Precious Blood of Jesus wash over me and through me.  Let it heal any and every wound and scar, so that the devil may find no purchase in me.  Cause it to saturate and fill up my whole being; my heart, soul, mind, and body; my memory, imagination, my past and my present; every fiber of my being, every atom. 

Let there remain no part of me untouched by His Precious Blood. Make it flow over and around the altar of my heart on every side.  Fill and heal especially the wounds and scars of/caused by____________.  

These things I ask of You, Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus. Jesus, likewise, grant that the light of Your Holy Cross shine in all these same parts of me and my life, that no darkness remain where the devil may hide or have any influence. 

Mary, Refuge of Sinners, pray for me to receive these graces I ask. 



A couple of great videos for you July 6, 2016

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JMJHFProductions continues to post very helpful catechetical material from Fr. Michael Rodriguez, a good priest who continues to be sadly persecuted for his adherence to the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  I posted a few weeks ago a video from Fr. Rodriguez on how to pray the Holy Rosary.  Intended for children, I found a great deal of benefit in that presentation.  Now, Fr. Rodriguez has given a class to the same audience on making a good Confession.  While acknowledging that some of the material is very basic, given the deplorable state of catechesis in the Church today (much of the present audience excepted, of course), perhaps this video is all the more helpful for its simplicity.

So many Catholics today, though they may be rich in years, have a childish understanding of the Faith, if they have one at all.  Even the most poorly formed adult can easily understand the nature of Confession and the importance of making a good one from this video.

I think even well-formed adults will, however, find much of benefit here:

To continue to support this kind of very solid caechesis, donations can be sent to:

St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas
5628 Rosa Ave.
El Paso, TX  79905
Phone # (915) 500-3025
Website: http://svfonline.org/
Email: stvincentferreroftexas@gmail.com

If you want to support the family run lay apostolate that makes these great videos, please specify the donation is for JMJHF Productions.

Now for something completely different, a blast from the Catholic past, a short video giving a brief and loving biography of Venerable Pope Pius XII.  There is much Catholic greatness to be gleaned below; it is almost impossible to believe that these scenes of piety, reverence, and devotion existed within living memory of today:

Contrast the celebration of the Holy Year 1950 with the pathetic denouement that is the “Year of Mercy.”

Watch out for anti-Catholic atheists in the comments if you go to Youtube.  They even parrot the now completely debunked claims that Pius XII ordered prayers offered in celebration of Hitler’s birthday.

Look What a Reader Gave Me! June 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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Reader MFG gave me a wonderful gift this past weekend, a beautiful (and quite large) flag of the Sacred Heart.  He got it from an outfit in France that sells a large number of French-Catholic themed flags on Ebay:


Isn’t that great?!?  They have others:


Most are very French in their design/orientation.  Very suitable for a
Chartres pilgimage, though!


I think I might pick up another couple of these.  Thanks again to MFG for the so very thoughtful gift and for the link to such a great Catholic merchant!

A little Catholic Culture – the Missions of California June 21, 2016

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I have long loved Catholic art and sacred architecture, and it’s been too long since I’ve done a post on this subject.  I stumbled on a 1940s video showing many of the California Missions founded by Saint Junipero Serra.  While the quality is only so-so and features almost exclusively exterior shots (so we can’t see the missions prior to any post-conciliar wreckovation), it’s still interesting.  It’s sort of a school-kid video but that’s actually a good thing, as it gives some basic information on the missions that may be new to you as it was to me.  I found a few other videos, as well, that feature more interior shots, but some of the chapels have plainly suffered from the wreckovation, with plain tables standing in front of artistic treasures.  In some cases, the ancient altars have been trashed in favor of barren protestant desks.

It’s a shame that all the times I’ve been to San Antonio I’ve never toured the missions there, either.  I’ve meant to many times but it’s never worked out, for whatever reason.  As much as I love Catholic history and architecture, especially Spanish-style, it’s really kind of obscene that I’ve never taken the time to avail myself of their treasures.  The only mission I’ve ever visited is the one in Goliad, Mission La Bahia.

The remaining videos are all fairly recent, but have much more interior footage.  Some of the mission chapels are quite striking, very suitable for a TLM to this day.  Of course, the devotion that led to the building of the many Californian missions was rooted in the same Faith that is best expostulated in the Traditional Latin Mass, and stands in marked contrast to the cold worldly sentiments that surround the post-conciliar ethos:

I’m bummed that one post I did today, and spent more than a few moments on, has mysteriously disappeared.  I had a post up about active duty Air Force members physically throwing a man out of a retirement ceremony but it’s gone.  I’ll try to put up some kind of replacement shortly.