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Recent Data Reveals Government Policy Plays Huge Role in Advance of Culture of Death August 14, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Domestic Church, family, fightback, Four Last Things, General Catholic, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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I know, hardly a surprise to readers of this blog or anyone who has been paying attention over the past several decades, but good, confirmatory data nonetheless.  Something to file away in your back pocket for potential future reference.

Two different cases emerged recently (h/t reader D for both) concerning two different but vital aspects of the culture of death/sexular pagan religious rites, sexual license and the deliberate murder of the sick and the elderly.  From the UK we learn that recent curbs in government sponsored indoctrination in sexual license (aka “sex education”) have led to a massive decrease in illegitimacy in pregnancy, and from the continent the opposite, government support for euthanasia has exploded into what could very well be described as a government sponsored killing spree.

First the UK report, via good ol’ Life Site News:

A new study indicates that teen pregnancy rates drop when liberal sex-ed funding is cut, the UK’s Catholic Herald reported.

The Effect of Spending Cuts on Teen Pregnancy” analyzed data in England before and after contraceptive-based sex-ed expenditures were slashed — cuts that were criticized by liberals and praised by Christians………

……..England has been forced to make severe cuts in recent years to its budget, including tax funds for sex-ed in schools and free birth control. [What government wants more of, it subsidizes.  What it wants less of, it taxes.  Governments the world over, but especially in the former Christendom, have been extravagantly subsidizing contraception and indoctrination in the sexular pagan ethos for decades, thus encouraging more of these disastrous situations and helping to hasten the decline and seemingly inevitable coming collapse of Western civilization.  When funding is cut, wonder of wonders, one major indicator of public morals, the rate of teen illegitimacy, suddenly falls sharply.  But few if any in power will learn the proper lesson from this, they are wedded to the sexular pagan revolutionary spirit.]

The study sought to “examine the impact of reductions in local expenditure on one particular public health target: reducing rates of teen pregnancy.”

The Paton and Wright research team used statistics from 149 municipalities between 2009 and 2014 and found that after sex-ed budgets were cut, teen pregnancy rates fell by 42.6 percent. [And massively so.  I am certain there has already been launched a massive PR campaign against the authors of this study, so contrary to the false doctrines of the high priests of the sexular pagan orthodoxy/media sexual industrial complex.  Data like this must be discredited, or the entire rotten house of cards could come falling down.]

The researchers discovered that taking away tax funding for contraceptive-focused sex education in schools actually reduced teen pregnancy. [So liberals have argued that “abstinency only” programs don’t work, and can cite a number of studies in support of their claim.  Perhaps.  Or perhaps “abstinence” taught in a framework of still immersing children in filth, ripping away their innocence and constantly extolling the unheard of joys of sex (which “joys” many kids find to be less wondrous in actual experience) – that is, indoctrinating them in a libertine sexual ideology – is simply asking too much?  Preaching abstinence to kids you’ve deliberately invoked to a sexual fury is a pretty thin screen to stand against such pressures. Perhaps abstinence works best when children are preserved in their innocence, not exposed to all manner of filth (which process starts at home), and taught that relations between a man and a woman are sacred, require tremendous intimacy, and are always oriented towards the procreation of children within the glorious God-given structure of Holy Matrimony].

So, some happy news for a change.  On the contrary, the cult of government-supported, even -ordered, murder of the sick and aged continues to grow at an alarming rate:

About 1 in 30 people in the Netherlands (3.3%) now choose to die through euthanasia. The rate has roughly tripled since 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. The other report came from Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, where euthanasia also became legal in 2002. Between 2007 and 2013, the prevalence of euthanasia there has risen from 1.9% to 4.6% of all deaths – nearly 1 in every 20 deaths. The Flemish authors attempt to explain this enormous change in social mores. First, they argue that “values of autonomy and self-determination” have become more important for the Flemish. And public approval of euthanasia continues to rise, perhaps with the help of very positive reporting in the media……..

………As one Dutch ethics professor has said, ‘The risk now is that people no longer search for a way to endure their suffering.’ In other words, are the Netherlands and Belgium turning to physicians to solve with euthanasia what are essentially psychosocial issues?

Indeed, the article notes that half of all Dutchmen seeking government-sponsored and -funded suicide list loneliness as a significant factor contributing to their desire to die.  I wonder how many of these aged Dutch are childless or have no grandkids to enliven their old age?

As I noted above, government is creating more demand for euthanasia by subsidizing it.  An eager media seems happy to see thousands of people a year killed with government approval.  And governments in nations with taxpayer funded single payer health insurance schemes have a positive incentive to see old and sick people die as quickly and efficiently as possible – to reduce costs on the system and reserve more funding for the bureaucrats.

Brave New World, indeed.  Huxley meant it as a warning, but more and more the cultural movers and shakers seem to view it as a blueprint to their eternal socialist paradise hell.  In Brave New World, no one got sick, but everyone was killed at 60.  Except the World Leader, of course.  He got to live as long as he wanted or could.

Funny how it’s generally us plebes who wind up bearing the burdens and consequences of the policies our “betters” have determined to inflict on us.

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Novus Ordo Anointing of the Sick Not a Sacrament – Not “Equivalent” to Extreme Unction? May 31, 2017

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A very interesting little bit of catechesis below from The Fatima Center.  The traditional Dominican priest who answers these questions (since Fr. Gruner’s demise, RIP), Father Albert, claims that not only is the modern, post-conciliar sacrament “Anointing of the Sick” deficient compared to the Sacrament of Extreme Unction in its practical application, the way “anointing of the sick” is done in most parishes is so bastardized in its minimalist reductio ad absurdam that it no longer even constitutes a Sacrament:

“There is an essential difference between “anointing of the sick” and the traditional Extreme Unction.” “Often, the anointing of the sick that is given in the Novus Ordo is not a sacrament at all.”

I was always gravely disturbed by the monthly “anointing of the sick” ceremonies that occurred in some local NO parishes.  Literally everyone lined up to receive an entirely perfunctory blessing, irrespective of their general health.  I mean 25 year old marathon runners were getting blessed.  There was no examination of conscience, no contrition expressed, only the most minimal of anointings, and, I long ago concluded, little grace conferred.  I have long wondered if such a truncated service could indeed be considered a Sacrament.  According to Father Albert, most of the time, it is not.

So, Extreme Unction, properly received, removes temporal debt due to sin.  It is a Sacrament ordered almost entirely towards aiding those in serious threat of death or with serious health problems in attaining Heaven at their particular judgment.  It is not a “sacrament of healing” as “anointing of the sick” is generally called now in the Novus Ordo world.  It was never a Sacrament intended to be received over and over again on a monthly basis in a totally perfunctory way.  And what is even more sad, is that I have seen the mentality of this bowdlerized group blessing translate into the hospital and sick bed, where only the most dilatory of blessings are conveyed on those who truly are gravely ill instead of the thorough preparation for death and blessing for the passage of the soul from the body which has traditionally been given in the Church.

As with so much in the Novus Ordo, and as Father Albert notes, the accidental aspect of the Sacrament has assumed the primacy, whereas its primary role has been reduced to distinctly secondary place.  In this case, the accidental healing qualities of Extreme Unction have become the focus in the “sacrament of healing”  – and note once again the humanistic nature of the change, with most all the focus on bodily healing in this life rather than the preparation of the soul for its real life, that is the next life, which shall be eternal.

I had long felt there were grave deficiencies with the anointing of the sick as it is practiced in most all Novus Ordo parishes but had never managed to put the concerns so precisely and succinctly.  Thanks to The Fatima Center for these helpful  catechetical videos.

 

Requiescat in Pace John Vennari April 4, 2017

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John Vennari passed away today.   A nice memorial from The Fatima Center Youtube account:

He was a devout soul.  God bless him.  May he rest in peace.

Please Pray for John Vennari February 22, 2017

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I am told he is near death.  Please pray for John Vennari, longtime publisher and writer at Catholic Family News, who has evidenced his great concern for the Church and charity for others for decades.  He was diagnosed with cancer several months ago.  He entered the hospital again within the past few days.  I have never met him but have admired his work from afar for several years. May our Lord bless and sustain him in this most difficult of trials, and should this be his time to pass over from this life may his soul rest in the peace of the Lord forever.

Mr. Vennari was also a longtime collaborator of Fr. Nicholas Gruner (RIP) of the Fatima Center, who entered into his reward last year.

This Stinks: Gene Cernan dead at 82 January 16, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, history, manhood, sadness, Society, technology, Victory.
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The old Apollo guys are going to their reward one by one.  Who is left at this point that walked on the moon?   Buzz Aldrin, Al Bean, Dave Scott, John Young, Charlie Duke, and Jack Schmitt.  All are in their 80s.

But today the last man to walk on the moon died.  Gene Cernan, who lived outside Kerrville, was 82:

Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When Cernan stepped out from lunar module “Challenger” he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. His lunar module pilot, Jack Schmitt, was the 12th. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the module, making him the last person to walk on the lunar surface.

Cernan had previously served as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10 and was a pilot on the Gemini IX mission.

Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, of which 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon, according to NASA.

Cernan was one of only three men to travel to the moon twice.  The other two were Jim Lovell (still alive) and John Young.

There was a big row in NASA in the first half of 1970 when Nixon foolishly decided to gut the Apollo program (although, in his defense, most all of NASA management wanted it gutted, too).  After it was announced that Apollos 18-20 would be cancelled, even though the hardware was already almost entirely built (everything but the LMs for Apollo 19 and 20), the scientific community got all fired up because the then-current crew rotation would mean that no scientist would fly to the moon if Apollo 17 was the last mission.  The first scientist scheduled to go was Jack Schmitt to the Tycho Crater on Apollo 18 with Commander Dick Gordon.  No Apollo 18 meant no scientist on the moon.

But not so fast.  The science guys raised a big enough ruckus that NASA management was “encouraged” to change the crew rotation.  Gordon and Schmitt had been training together for 6 months at that point so Gordon hoped the entire crew for 18 would just replace Gene Cernan’s crew for 17.  That would have left Cernan out in the cold.  But instead, the awesomely skilled former X-15 pilot Joe Engle was bumped as LMP from Apollo 17 in favor of Schmitt, and Dick Gordon had to watch his chance to be the somewhat famous last man on the moon go up in smoke.

Gene Cernan was a bit of an anomaly among early Apollo astronauts in not being a test pilot.  He was an attack aviation guy in the Navy, flying Skyhawks, when he found out he had been accepted into the third round of astronaut selectees.  Cernan was generally viewed as a competent straight shooter who perhaps had the flaw of being a bit aggressive in his self-promotion.  There was quite a bit of that among the Apollo astronauts, of course.  After his time in NASA and almost de rigeuer collapse of his first marriage, Cernan became a bit of a sad creature, a sort of a caricature of his salad days version of himself, always Captain Cernan, always the former astronaut, not Geno or Gene anymore.

Still, they rarely make men like this anymore.  We’re much too soft to produce such steely eyed missile men as those who flew to the moon in a delicate, lowest-cost government-run contraption.  Engineering was done on slide rules back then, with no 3-D solid modeling and with less computing power in the entire NASA basement than one smart phone today.  And yet they did it, and the engineers of back then were probably far, far better than those of today, man for man.

Gene Cernan was at least a nominal Catholic most of his life.  Not sure if he died one.  I pray for the repose of his soul.

Few know Cernans’s most dangerous mission was not Apollo 17, was not on Apollo at all, but was on Gemini 9A.  During the mission he was to perform only America’s second spacewalk, the first since Ed White briefly flew outside Gemini 4.  What most people did not know at that time, is that White barely made it back inside the spacecraft.  His inflated pressure suit did not want to fit in the cramped capsule and he and commander Jim McDivitt struggled mightily to get it closed. As a result, White got quite severely overheated.

Well, White’s walk lasted perhaps 20 minutes, whereas Cernan’s was scheduled to last several hours.  However, he also ran into problems with inadequate cooling in his spacesuit, especially when in the 250 degree temperatures on the sunny side of the world.  Physical exertion, of which there was plenty, made him sweat profusely.  Then, when the capsule went around the night side of the earth, all that moisture inside his suit froze.  His visor was almost completely frosted over and Cernan was blind.  He barely managed to make it back inside the ship, and probably had a heat stroke trying to get the hatch shut.

Cernan and Stafford repeated their two-man team on Apollo 10, when another accident could have killed them both.  An incorrect setting on a guidance computer caused their Lunar Module to tumble out of control while practicing the landing maneuvers that Apollo 11 would perform on the first lunar landing.  The telemetry showed the LM “Snoopy” doing three 360s before Stafford flipped the switch to go from backup abort guidance to the Apollo Guidance Computer.  That fixed it.

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A New Miracle at Fatima, and the End of the World January 5, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, error, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, sickness, Society, The End, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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A sermon in two parts from the priest whose online presence is most warmly welcomed back.  He discusses the original Miracle of the Sun in 1917, and a new one that occurred this past year in Fatima, which was witnessed by about 100 pilgrims to that great Marian shrine.  The sermons are fairly long – the first, 38 minutes, the second, almost 43.  So, you’ll be investing quite a bit of time, in spite of the priest’s fast speech.  A huge amount of catechesis is contained herein, though much of the history of the original apparitions and miracles at Fatima may be review for most readers.

Regarding the new miracle that occurred, it happened on May 4, the day the Novena for Our Lady of Fatima typically starts.  It happened in the 99th year since the original Miracle of the Sun.

 

Sadly in these times almost all people, including Catholics, have very little Faith in Our Lady, take very little heed of the warning present in the Miracle of the Sun, and basically dismiss any thought that they will be held strictly accountable for their actions in their lives (Catholics even more strictly so), either at their individual judgment or when this world will cease to exist.  I am not as concerned as the priest is that Fatima, Francis, and other things point to an imminent Parousia.  But the message he conveys is just as valid whether the world is scheduled by God to end in 10 months, or in 10,000 years.

An absolutely chilling recounting of the horrors of dying in the Flood, and even surviving it in the Ark, closes out the sermon.  It’s worth listening to if only for that.

Moving on to part 2. Father leads off this second half of the sermon with a reassurance that, simply because many signs and portents may point to a relatively imminent end of the world, we don’t need to freak out and lose our sense of peace over that.  More than likely, every one reading this will face their individual judgment before the Last Judgment occurs, but even should the Last Judgment occurs in our lifetimes, what, precisely, should we be doing differently than what we should already be doing?  Be in the state of Grace, remain obedient, practice virtue, perform your vocation in life to the utmost of your ability, try to reach out to souls in charity by giving good example, etc., etc.  The point of the warnings is to make sure people know they REALLY REALLY REALLY need to be doing their duty, because the time is probably much shorter than they think, but that applies whether the Parousia is happening this year or not.  I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, whereas the Church has always declared that anyone who tries to fix a particular time for the end of the world is in error and cannot be believed.

Having said that, Father goes through the Apocalypse and various writings of Fathers and Doctors to explain how the end times will go down, starting with the Great Apostasy, which will occur within the Church toward the end of days.  He notes that most Church Fathers believe the Great Apostasy will start within the clergy and bishops, and from there spread out to the faithful, corrupting the vast majority of souls.

I’ll not steal any more of Father’s thunder and reveal how the sermon ends, but I think you will find it as edifying and helpful as yesterday’s.

Please say at least three Hail Mary’s for the priest.  He’s been relocated out of Texas.

Plenary Indulgence Available Today at Dallas Cathedral November 18, 2016

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Thanks to reader MJD. I think this is associated with the “holy doors” for the Year of Mercy.

Guadalupe Cathedral in Dallas (confessions still offered M, T. W, TH, F before the 12 Noon and 7 PM Masses – arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the mass starts)

or

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ft. Worth

Friday, Nov. 18  – earn a plenary indulgence for yourself or the holy souls in purgatory/departed loved ones

“A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who visit a Cathedral on the feast of the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and there recite an Our Father and the Creed – (Nicene or Apostle’s Creed)

**Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

・Do the work while in a state of grace,

・Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),

・Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),

・Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the  will to love God and despise sin.

Lots O’ Stuff for the Octave of All Saints and the Election November 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Sorry folks, I am absolutely blasted at work.  My boss has got a hugely important trip to China next week and we’re scrambling around like raccoons in a KC light trying to get a really complex project done before he leaves so he can present on it.  No design……haven’t done any in months, I miss it.

It’s one of those things that I have seen happen so many times………I piled up a ton of great material to post on this weekend and then work just has to intervene.  I’ll do my best but posting will be spotty.

At any rate, obviously this is a very important time of the liturgical year, we just had the great ignored Feast of Christ the King, I shot video of the whole procession but haven’t had time to upload it.  Today is All Saints, of course, and tomorrow, All Souls.  I’m sure most readers are already well versed in the incredible availability of indulgences during this holy Octave, but just for the record, here are the details:

 

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).

Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).

*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),

Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.

Notes:

Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, only the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day. [I would say an unlimited number of works suited towards partial indulgences can be earned in a given day, either through prayers said (The Raccolta is, to me, the best source for this), or acts of penance.]
If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.

OK, that’s your review for the indulgences of this great Octave.  As to the election, there are many prayer efforts underway to implore God’s mercy on this falling nation and bring Grace down upon the souls who will decide this most vital election – perhaps the final one that will matter in this nation’s history, if we’re not already past this point.

First of all is this report on the Catholic Advisory Group created by – it is said – Donald Trump, and their request for intensive prayer in the days leading up to the election:

The Catholic Advisory Group created by Donald Trump, and led by former Senator Rick Santorum, put out the following:

Trump/Pence Campaign Catholic Advisory Group Launches First-Ever Presidential Campaign Rosary Prayer Chain

New York – Inspired by the power of prayer and the successful ministry of the late Father Patrick Peyton, also known as “The Rosary Priest” the Trump/Pence Campaign Catholic Advisory Group is launching the first-ever presidential campaign Rosary prayer chain for Catholics and all people of good will in the United States.

“Beginning today, and daily for the next three weeks, we are calling on clergy, religious and lay Catholics, across the United States, and our citizens abroad, particularly our servicemen and women to say one Rosary each day,” stated Joseph Cella the Catholic Liaison to the Trump/Pence campaign……….

 

 

…….The Rosary prayer chain calls for every family or individual to recite the Rosary once daily for the following intentions:

A. For Messrs. Trump and Pence and their families, the campaign, the staff and volunteers, and for victory in the election.

B. For the renewal of the United States through a restoration of our faith and culture, through the message of the Gospel and a dialogue with all people of good will.

C. For the softening of the hearts and the enlightening of the minds of Hillary Clinton and her staff so they may be more respectful to Catholics, the Catholic Church, and its teachings.

D. For the unity of our country during this transition of power and the fostering of peace and unity at home and abroad.

Participants are asked to conclude each decade by saying: “Our Lady of the Rosary, Saint Thomas More, Saint Pope John Paul, pray for us” and then conclude each Rosary with the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

My comments: this is a noble effort, one welcome to see, and I really appreciate the tie back to Fr. Peyton’s famous Rosary Crusade of the 1950s.  Would to God it would have borne more visible fruit at least on a national/cultural level.  I’m certain it was very efficacious for the souls involved, at least until they many went nuts in the following decade(s).  

Having said that, I would personally prefer a bit more specifically Catholic intentions, including the conversion of Trump and Pence to the One True Faith, the conversion of our nation and its fundamental re-orientation as a Catholic nation with Jesus Christ as its visible Head and final Authority.  That’s a great deal to pray for, but shouldn’t that be our ultimate goal?  If it were achieved, all else would take care of itself in a natural, organic manner.  

Here’s another option for your electoral prayer intentions, assuming you haven’t been praying your own for months, via the Knights of Columbus. I have to say I find the KoC’s prayer a bit better and perhaps more efficacious in its initial focus on Our Lady than the intentions of the Trump Catholic Advisory Group, but you might want to refine the specific intentions a bit.  I would put the moral and spiritual conversion of this nation along Catholic lines the first intention. This was supposed to start on Sunday, so travel back in time and get goin’:

Novena for the Election

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners — on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.

Pick yer favorite, or just keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is maintaining and expanding the perpetual Novenas, Rosaries, and other prayers and penances you’ve been offering for this increasingly sick and perverse land for a long, long time.

I’ll try to knock out a couple of other quickie posts before I have to leave for Mass.

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

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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.
Amen.

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. 

Amen.

Please Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Hugh Sheridan September 15, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness, shocking.
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I have sat next to Hugh at most every Sunday Mass for the past 4 or 5 years.  He was single and had no family I’, aware of.  We always tried to save him a seat.  I spoke with him just this past Sunday.

He passed away unexpectedly last night.  He had been in fine health as far as I knew.  He was probably well into his 70s but I’m not certain of his exact age.  He was a faithful TLMer of many, many years.

If you would, in your charity, pray for the repose of his soul.  He was a good guy, I liked him quite a bit.

The Requiem Mass will be at 10 am Monday at Mater Dei.

Requiescat in Pace.