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Prayer Request and Anyone Familiar with GoFundMe? May 23, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, sadness, Virtue.
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My wife has a niece who has now had two children (the oldest is maybe 2, or close to) diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that leaves otherwise healthy children unable to walk and can progress to even greater impairments.  It is considered as being within the spectrum of Muscular Dystrophy diseases.  The two children are Ivy and Cody K., Cody being a practical new-born, Ivy a very cute and precocious little girl.

There are some treatments out there that might help both children a great deal but insurance is not wanting to pay for these.  Thus I have explored with the family the idea of setting up a GoFundMe page, but I’ve never set one up and thought I’d query folks here to see if they had any knowledge of the best way to go about setting up such a page and then getting word out for it.  I’d greatly appreciate your help.  Sometimes things I post on this blog just tend to sort of peter out, not really spreading beyond the immediate regular readers.  Also these things seem to be driven mostly by social media, which I ain’t on.  So perhaps I should find someone who is on social media to set up a site?

What the family needs and requests more than anything right now, however, are your prayers.  I can only imagine what pain the young parents are experiencing, knowing that both of their children have been afflicted with a congenital disease.  That’s got to be an extremely painful cross to bear, as is the knowledge that the likelihood of future children being similarly afflicted is quite high.  Please pray that God may have mercy on this family and deign to work miraculous healings if such be His will.  May He also guide the parents in remaining faithful to His will for them in spite of the crosses this may bring.

Thank you and God bless you!

PS – The niece in question was the flower girl at my wife and I’s wedding in 1994.

The Foundational Conceit of Atheism Is The Disproven Idea that the World Would Be Better Without God May 2, 2017

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Great point from persecuted and embattled Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto below.  I agree with most of what he says, except for the part about reading Nietzsche.  Only a rare intellect like Peterson’s can penetrate beneath the surface of Nietzsche and not get lost in horrific nihilism, which I wish he would warn his students about before sending them off to read him.  Few readers of Nietzsche come away from the experience with a strengthened faith. Indeed, there are probably fewer souls who have led more people away from God and into the dark, blind alley of atheism than Nietzsche, who lost his mind in the process of trying to reimagine a benign humanist morality cut off from Eternal Truth.

But aside from that, Peterson obliterates the fundamental conceit of atheism, which is that a world without belief in God would be a much better place. Atheists are wholly wrong in this assumption.  In fact, as Peterson rightly notes, atheists basically assume the continuation of an essentially Christian moral order (all the “good parts” they like, with none of the “bad,” such as the strictures against unchastity and perversion – the very sins which have probably driven more souls out of the Church and into heresies and irreligion than any other) with concern for one’s fellow man and a sort of benign, if sterile, humanism remaining after they rid the world of the God the Father they hate so much for telling them no.    Should atheism ever be fully realized – and we see it’s realization more and more every day, with growing cruelty, random acts of violence, hedonist gathering of riches, all manner of perversion often perpetrated on damaged, victim like souls – it would be an unending nightmare because nothing would check our baser instincts, ending inevitably in brutish anarchy with the collapse of civilization or a hideous totalitarianism.  It would be a new barbarianism, made a million times worse by technology.

This is a huge conceit and common to virtually all the evangelical atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  They propose an enlightened world of kindness and self-denying reason, basically a realization of many of the Christian virtues, but without Christ.  Sounds rather like some of our prelates in these days, too! Peterson shows that, in point of fact, self-interest, even to the point of being sadistic, can be completely rational.  Without a higher, transcendent morality to guide and limit human behavior, there are no limits to the depths to which we can, and surely will, sink.

If you ever get a chance, you might watch some of debate between Peterson and Harris.  I was very proud of Peterson – though I disagree with him on a number of vital points – refusing to give into the common ploy of modern day atheists/rationalists, that of forcing their opponents to their essentially materialist conception of the universe and putting Christianity to rationalist, supposedly scientific “tests.”  Since what is called science today was deliberately contrived by Descartes, Bacon, and the rest to exclude the supernatural, the theological, Christians are instantly hobbled by agreeing to play on this playing field. Far better is to challenge atheists to prove their grounds for a higher morality or truth WITHOUT God.  They flounder in the attempt.

Sadly there are few in high positions of leadership in the Church today who can recognize these traps and not only escape them, but turn the failed logic on their atheist opponents. I am thinking now in particular of Cardinal Pell’s (supposedly one of the good guys) exceedingly poor performance in a debate with Richard Dawkins a few  years ago.  What an appalling showing it was.

PS – Peterson is a bit of an acquired taste and I do not recommend him wholeheartedly.  While he remains nominally Christian he has favored science, and especially disordered late 19th and 20th century philosophy, far too much in trying to develop a cogent amalgam of sciencism and Christianity.   Read Edward Feser for the pitfalls awaiting this attempt (science is fine, but must be grounded in Christianity with the Faith dominant in all relevant aspects), and Fr. Dominic Bourmaud for the fundamental faults of all rationalistic philosophy.

Still, he does great work destroying many aspects of leftism and its evangelical subset, atheism.  His qualifications to make the observations he does above are impeccable, he has for nearly 30 years been a professor of clinical psychology with an active practice treating very difficult cases.  He is a great expert in the human psyche, especially from a worldly point of view but he is a relatively rare scientist today in both not excluding the supernatural/spiritual aspect of human nature, which is immense, and in not having his scientific beliefs dictated by political ideology.  Like Neil de Grasse Tyson and that idiot Bill Nye.

Thomas a’ Kempis, Gratitude for the Grace of God April 27, 2017

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From Book II Chapter 10 of The Imitation of Christ, a reflection on having proper gratitude for the Grace we receive from God:

Why seekest thou rest, since thou art born to labor?

Dispose thyself to patience rather than consolation, and to bear the cross rather than to rejoice.

For who is there among worldly people that would not willingly receive comfort and spiritual joy, if he could always have it?

For spiritual consolation exceeds all the delights of the world and the pleasures of the flesh. [Would you agree?  It’s been a long time, but I have felt I experienced transports of joy associated with sublime spiritual moments. I would say this is a true statement.]

For all worldly delights are either vain or base; but spiritual delights alone are pleasant and honorable, springing from virtue, and infused by God into pure minds.

But those divine consolations no man can always enjoy when he will, because the time of temptation is not long absent.

But what very much opposes these heavenly visits is a false liberty of mind and a great confidence in one’s self.

God doth well in giving the grace of consolation, but man doth ill in not returning it all to God with thanksgiving.

And this is the reason why the gifts of grace cannot flow in us, because we are ungrateful to the giver, nor do we return all to the fountainhead.

For Grace will always be given to him that duly returns thanks, and what is wont to be given to the humble will be taken away from the proud.

I would not have any such consolation as would rob me of compunction, nor do I wish to have any such contemplation as leads to pride.

For all that is high is not holy; nor all that pleasant good; nor every desire pure; nor is everything that is dear to us pleasing to God.

I willingly accept of that Grace which always makes me more humble and fearful, and more ready to forsake myself.

He that has been taught by the gift of Grace, and been instructed by the scourge of its withdrawal, will not dare to attribute anything of good to himself, but rather acknowledge himself to be poor and naked.

Give to God what is His (Matt xxii:21), and take to thyself what is thine; that is, give tanks to God for His Grace; but as to thyself, be sensible that nothing is to be attributed to thee but sin and the punishment due to sin.  

Put thyself always in the lowest place, and the highest shall be given thee, for the highest stand snot without the lowest (Lk xiv:10).

The Saints that are highest in the sight of God are the least in their own eyes; and the more glorious they are the more humble they are in themselves.  

Being full of the truth and heavenly glory they are not desirous of vainglory.  

They that are grounded and establishes in God can by no means be proud.

And they that attribute to God whatsoever good they have received seek not glory from one another, but that glory which is from God alone (Jn v:44); they desire above all things that God may be praised in themselves, and in all the saints, and to this they always tend.  

Be grateful then for the least and thou shalt be worthy to receive greater things. 

Let the least be to thee as something very great, and the most contemptible as a special favor. [Am I the only one that has a very hard time with this?  Driving a longish commute in heavy traffic quickly reveals how little patience and charity I have.]

If thou considerest the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem to thee little which is given by so great a God.

Yea, though he give punishment and stripes, it ought to be acceptable; for whatever He suffers to befall us, He always does it for our salvation (Dan iii:28).

He that desires to retain the Grace of God let him be thankful for Grace when it is given, and patient when it is withdrawn; let him pray that it may return; let him be cautious and humble, lest he lost it.

———–End Quote———–

It is painful when that very special grace, perhaps necessary early in conversion to help establish one in the Faith, is taken away.  Or no longer merited.  Many Saints experienced the same.  The Little Flower had years of incredible closeness to God, and then had it all taken away the last several years of her life, when her physical sufferings became immense and she needed it the most!  But that is the way of our Lord, he tempers our faith in the fires of suffering.  Truly, His ways are not our ways, and thank God for that.

 

Gentle Reminder: Switch from the Angelus to the Regina Caeli April 17, 2017

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I remembered this year, to start praying the Regina Caeli, as opposed to the Angelus, on Easter day.  Sometimes in the past, it’s taken me a day or three to remember.  I’m sure most of you have not had this problem, but if any have, here is your reminder.

To beef out the post a bit, a few pictures from Good Friday:

It was nice having a religious priest present during Holy Week

I pray you are enjoying this glorious Octave.  I think next year I will take off less time before Easter and more time after.  I’ve taken off most of Holy Week for years, but I feel ready for a change.  I’d like to enjoy the great feast more, and not just go back to work the day after Easter. I’ve always enjoyed that aspect of Christmas.  I wish I had the time to take off the entire week of Easter, but that’s not going to happen.  Oh for the days when working men had every great feast day off work, a true holy day holiday!

Saint John Eudes on the Admirable Heart of Mary                        April 10, 2017

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From one of the relatively few of the great mass of writings of the great Saint John Eudes that have been translated into English and survived to the present day (many were lost in the French Revolution against God), comes this excerpt of The Admirable Heart of of Mary.  We are in Holy Week, a very appropriate time for pondering on the wonders of our Immaculate Mother.  Saint John Eudes had enormous devotion to Our Lady and in some respects may be said to have pushed knowledge of Our Lady and veneration of her Immaculate Heart to new heights.  I can say with certainty that the ecumaniacal faction at Vatican II, which went to such pains to limit conciliar statements on the glory of the Blessed Mother, would find some of his statements quite objectionable.  But that says far more about them, than it does this holy man.

From pp. 4-5,7, an exegesis centering on a passage from the Apocalypse (and the amazingly efficacious apparition at Guadalupe) that reveals the wondrous nature of the Holy Mother of God and her admirable heart:

Among the divinely inspired passages of Sacred Scripture I select one from the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, which is a compendium of all the great things that can be said or thought of our marvelous Queen: “A great sign appeared in Heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars” (Apoc xii:1).

What is this great sign?  Who is this miraculous woman?  Saint Epiphanius, Saint Augustine, Saint Bernard, and many other holy doctors agree that the woman is Mary, Queen among women, the Sovereign of angels and men, the Virgin of virgins.  She is the woman who bore in her chaste womb the perfect man, the God-man. “A woman shall compass a man” (Jer xxxi:22).

Mary appears in Heaven because she comes from Heaven, because she is Heaven’s masterpiece, the Empress of Heaven, its joy and its glory, in whom everything is heavenly. Even when her body dwelt on earth, her thoughts and affections were all rapt in Heaven.

She is clothed with the eternal sun of the Godhead and with all the perfections of the divine essence, which surround, fill, and penetrate her to such an extent that she has become transformed, as it were, into the power, goodness, and holiness of God.

She has the moon under her feet to show that the entire world is beneath her.  None is above her, save only God, and she holds absolute sway over all created things.

She is crowned with twelves stars that represent the virtues which shine so brightly in her soul.  The mysteries of her life are as many stars more luminous by far than the brightest lights of the sky.  The privileges and prerogatives God has granted to her, the least of which is greater than anything shining in the firmament of Heaven, as well as the glory of the saints of Paradise and of earth, are her crown and her glory in a much fuller sense than the Philippians could be said to be the crown and joy of Saint Paul (Phil iv:1).

But why does the Holy Ghost call Mary “a great sign?”  It is simply to tell us that everything in her is wonderful, and that the marvels that fill her being should be proclaimed to the entire world, so that she may become an object of the admiration of the inhabitants of Heaven as well as for mankind on earth, and so that she may be the sweet delight of angels and men.

This is likewise the reason why the Holy Ghost inspires the faithful throughout the world to sing in her praise: Mater admirabilis.  “O Mother Most Admirable.” Moreover, according to the testimony of several trustworthy authors, a holy Jesuit who once asked the Mother of God to reveal to him which of the many titles in her Litany was most pleasing to her received this same answer: Mater admirabilis.

Mary is truly admirable in all her perfections and in all her virtues.  But what is most admirable in her is her virginal heart.  The heart of the Mother of God is a world of marvels, an abyss of wonders, the source and principal of all the virtues which we admire in our glorious Queen: “All the glory of the king’s daughter is within.”  It was through the humility, purity, and love of her most holy heart that she merited to become the Mother of God and to receive the graces and privileges with which God enriched her on earth.  These same sublime virtues of her Immaculate Heart have rendered her worthy of the glory and happiness that surround her in Heaven, and of the great marvels that God has wrought in and through her.

Do not be surprised if I say that the virginal heart of the Mother of Fair Love is an admirable heart indeed.  Mary is admirable in her divine maternity because as Saint Bernadine of Siena says, “to be Mother of God is the miracle of miracles,” miraculum miraculorum.  But the august heart of Mary is also truly admirable, for it is the principle of her divine maternity and of the wonderful mysteries this privilege implies………

Now a prayer composed by the Saint for the blessing of Our Lady on his work, but which I thought many would find worth making their own:

O most holy Mary, Thy divine Son, Jesus, hath created thy heart, and He alone knows the great treasures He has hidden therein.  He it was who lit the fire burning in this furnace, and none but He can measure the heights reached by the flames which leap from its abyss.  He alone can measure the vast perfections with which He has enriched the masterpiece of His all-powerful goodness, or count the innumerable graces He has poured into this ocean of grace: “He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw here, and numbered her, and measured her” (Eccl i:9).

And now I beseech thee, O most Blessed Virgin Mary, through thy heart and for the honor of that very heart to offer me to thy beloved Son and pray that He may annihilate my personality and set Himself in the place of my nothingness, so that not my voice but His may be heard.  May Jesus Christ be the author of all my works, and I but the instrument of His surpassing love for thee and of the zeal with which He watches over the honor of thy most worthy heart.  May He inspire the thoughts He wishes to see expressed by me and the very words I should use.  May His blessing rest in fullest measure on all who do the same, and may He transform so that hearts may be purified, enlightened, and inflamed with the sacred fire of His love.  In a word, may they become worthy to live according to God’s heart and to be numbered among the children of the maternal heart of God’s own Mother.

———–End Quote————-

The Revelations of Fatima Hold the Key to Our Salvation April 5, 2017

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UPDATE: See, when I type a post in Word instead of on the blog itself, sometimes I forget to put a title on the post.  Fixed.

From Fatima: The Great Sign, an excerpt that conveys the twin lessons stemming from Our Lady’s sharing a vision of hell with the three saintly children Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco: the reality of eternal damnation and the paramount need for all faithful souls to constantly practice prayer and penance.  This post would probably have been better placed towards the start of Lent, but that’s not how it worked out.  Nevertheless, the lessons below are not just for Lent, but for our entire lives.  Prayer and penance are the primary means by which we can escape the snare of the devil in this evil fallen culture and cooperate with Grace to obtain the only end that matters: spending eternity with God.

The excerpt starts after the three children have seen the vision of hell.  Little Jacinta was most affected by this terrifying revelation:

The vision of hell had the greatest impact on little Jacinta.  She became obsessed with the sight of those red, raging flames and the terrifying  sight and sound of millions of screaming demons  and lost souls.  “Oh hell!” “Oh hell!” she would wail, wringing her hands impotently.  “Mother of God have pity on those who do not amend their lives.”  “If men only knew what awaits them in eternity, they would do everything in their power to change their lives.” [But we do know. We have the Scripture and Tradition, and few men who refuse to listen to those would not even be moved by a direct personal revelation] Frequently she would call to her brother saying: “Francisco, are you praying with me? We must pray very much to save souls from hell.  So many go there.  So many.”  At other times she would ask Lucia: “Why doesn’t Our Lady show hell to sinners? If only they saw it, they would never commit sins again.” On one occasion she said to Lucia: “Look, I am going to Heaven soon, but you are to stay here.  If Our Lady lets you, tell everyone what Hell is like so that they won’t sin anymore and not go there.”

In the light of these and other heroic penances practiced by the children, it is not difficult to see why Our Lady requested that the revelation of hell be kept a secret.  Had it been divulged, no one would have believed it.  In the parable of Dives and Lazarus, Our Lord stated that even if someone returned from the dead to warn of hell, no one would pay any attention……..

……The three children undertook the most severe penances for the salvation of sinners.  They wore a rope tightly around their waists; they have their lunches to the poor, or even to their sheep; they didn’t drink during the furnace-like heat of August 1917 – an almost unendurable penance as anyone who has stayed in Fatima during that month will appreciate.  Later, Jacinta even wanted to drink water from a pond frequented by cattle.  However imprudent this would be, the thought of hell dominated every consideration of hygiene, discomfort or pain………

……….To the necessity of penance for sinners must also be joined that of prayer.  Our Lady constantly reminded the children to pray a great deal and they readily responded by spending long hours on their knees under a blistering sun, reciting the Rosary and the angel’s prayer over and over again.  Recently, Lucia, who is now a Carmelite nun in Coimbra [and of course since deceased], stressed the imperative need of prayer to counter the flood of evil today.  In a letter to a nephew (who is a Salesian priest) she wrote: “It is sad that so many are allowing themselves to be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world and they are so blind that they cannot see their error.  Their principal mistake is that they have abandoned prayer…….What I recommend to you above all is that you get close to the tabernacle and pray.  In fervent prayer you receive the light, strength and grace that you need to sustain you……In prayer, you will find more science, more light, more strength, more grace and virtue than you could ever achieve by reading many books or by great studies………Never consider the time wasted that you spend in prayer. You will discover that in prayer, God communicates to you the light, strength and grace you need to do all He expects of you………

We all need to intensify our life of intimate union with God and this we can only attain through prayer…..Let time be lacking for everything else, but never for prayer…….The principal cause of evil in the world and the falling away of so many consecrated souls is the lack of union with God in prayer.  If we are not careful and attentive in obtaining the strength from God, we will fail because our times are very bad and we are weak. Only God’s strength can sustain us.

Immediately after the vision of hell and Our Lady’s appeal for devotion to her Immaculate Heart, she outlined the future facing mankind if her requests were accepted, and alternatively if they were rejected…….

———End Quote———

Sadly, they have, by and large, been rejected.  The world, and in particular the former Christendom, have spun out of control and seem headed towards and inevitable crash.

As for our personal conduct, however, I don’t think anything else needs to be said.  Prayer and penance are vital. Only God’s strength can sustain us.  Hell or Heaven, it’s entirely our choice.  May God have mercy on us all.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga – Model of Christian Youth April 4, 2017

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A little excerpt from Saint Aloysius Gonzaga: Patron of Christian Youth by Fr. Maurice Meschler, SJ, which concerns the first great flowering of sanctity in the youth of 10 (pp. 34-5), when he made the decision to consecrate his purity to Our Lady for his entire life.  While this Saint certainly enjoyed the benefit of particular Graces and his example, while an incredible case of sanctity, is one that is vital for young people of all times to strive to emulate, especially in this fallen age.  Not all may be called to his very nearly perfect practice of chastity and purity, but all will benefit from attempting to conduct their lives in accord with his example, especially the young who face so many temptations, and who lack the experience of life that many wiser, older, sadder souls have obtained – much to their pain:

About this time a book on the Rosary, by Fr. Caspar Loarte, SJ, fell into the hands of Aloysius.  It so increased his love and devotion to Our Lady, tha this heart overflowed with consolation when he reflected upon the mysteries of her life, and he was seized with an ardent longing to do something that would please her and give her great honor, that he might thus win her love and favor.  One day, as he was kneeling in rapt devotion before the picture, he was inspired with the thought of consecrating his virginity to Our Lady, as the most acceptable gift that he could offer her.  Acting quickly on this inspiration, with a heart filled with love and joy, he solemnly consecrated himself to her by a vow of perpetual chastity.  Mary accepted the offering of his innocent heart, and in return, as he afterwards acknowledged to his confessor, obtained for him from God the extraordinary Grace of never experiencing throughout his entire life the slightest breath of a temptation against the virtue of holy purity.

This is a most unusual favor, seldom granted even to the Saints, and the more wonderful, seeing that Aloysius’ life was passed in the higher circles and at princely courts, where there are so many dangers and temptations.  it is true that he had had from his earliest childhood a natural aversion to the very shadow of anything impure, and even to any intercourse whatever with persons of the opposite sex; but this gives us all the more reason to wonder that, after taking his vow….he redoubled his precautions and had recourse to all kinds of means in order to guard his purity against the slightest shadow of danger.  It might be thought that he, who enjoyed such privileges, would have contented himself with the ordinary care prescribed to all Christians; on the contrary, he it is who most exceeds most, even of the Saints, in precautionary measures such as flight from the very slightest occasion of sin, and mortification of the flesh.  He, who was preserved by a special grace of God from any temptation of this kind, went on his way through life as though he had been threatened on all sides by special dangers.

From this time he accustomed himself to never raise his eyes, either in company or when going through the streets.  He not only avoided all intercourse with women more scrupulously than ever, but he withdrew from all games and amusements, although his father would have wished him to take part in them.  He now began to inflict all kinds of austerities upon his innocent flesh.  Aloysius’ vocation was that he should be a striking and a bright example for youth, in the preservation of angelic purity.  What was unnecessary for himself, was to be done by him for the sake of those who were to follow him – for the general welfare of Christian youth.

The young are not proof agaisnt danger as he was, and yet they often rush thoughtlessly into it; the fire of concupiscence burns within them, and they willfully add fuel to it; they are not so blameless as Aloysius, and yet they will not hear of mortification, vigilance, and seclusion.  The picture of this holy youth is a warning, an earnest admonishment to the world of frivolous, self-indulgent  young people, bent upon the enjoyment of sensual pleasures.

———-End Quote———

Raising children in the moral sewer of the fatally corrupted culture with which we are confronted is especially challenging.  In centuries past, there were cultural/societal norms in many places and times that helped keep many temptations to concupiscence in check.  Parents then did not have to deal with the mass availability of pornography and other destructive forces brought directly into the home.  They did not have to tell their children to avert their eyes from scandalously pernicious advertisements or scantily clad individuals.  There was no mass media bringing temptations to lust, perversion, self-abuse, and destructive behaviors of every kind into the home, the car, the school, etc., on a constant basis.  There were certainly temptations in those days, to be sure, but these past several decades have seen the attack on innocence rise to levels never seen before in history.

It can be a difficult line to walk, shielding children from dangerously seductive immoral influences, while at the same time not keeping them under practical lock and key.  There are certainly reasonable and prudent steps that can be taken: homeschooling, having a good internet filter/reporting system installed on ALL computers, not just the one(s) you think your kids access, not subscribing to cable or satellite TV systems, monitoring children’s friends and social engagements, carefully choosing what music kids are exposed to, etc.  All these things are good and reasonable.  Even more, parents should guard against perceptions of hypocrisy in frequently allowing for themselves what they deny their children.

One might think in this age it is not possible to go too far in efforts to preserve their innocence, but even here there can be danger. Tightening the apron strings too much can lead to its own form of rebellion.  I have seen this happen several times, and have heard numerous cautionary tales from priests, of parents who placed such a tight hold on their children they eventually rebelled and slipped through their fingers. In fallen creatures, protection can unintentionally turn to severity, good intentions can morph into forced submission to the parents’ will in all matters.

An absolutely vital step for parents to take is to engage in family prayer, especially prayer of the Rosary.  While preserving children’s innocence is absolutely vital, the preservation will not be successful unless buttressed with a vibrant interior life.  Parents must set the example here, demonstrating to children the great value of prayer and the concrete benefits such devotion provides in the formation of a devout, pious soul.

I could go on forever.  It’s an exceedingly difficult high wire act to perform, raising kids in this age.  And sometimes, even with practically ideal family life, kids still fall away.  But if they have been given the gift of a strong interior/devotional life, odds are for most that fall will be temporary, and, God willing, the kids will return to leading a morally upright life and the practice of the Faith.

Party for New Catholic TV Show Tonight (04/03/17) at UD Campus April 3, 2017

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Tonight there will be a premiere party at the campus of the University of Dallas of a new TV show directed by prioress Sister Jane Dominic Laurel and featuring nuns of the recently stood up Irving offshoot of the Dominicans of Nashville.  The show is called “Praying as a Family.  I don’t know anything about the program itself, all I know is that late last week an email made the rounds inviting people to attend this premiere party at the UD campus.

Details below.  I do know Sister Jane Dominic has been giving some talks for women and girls at the UD campus and that those talks have been well received.  I suspect the show will be faithful but probably not explicitly traditional, which I expect most readers to understand.  The party is at 6:30.

Anyway, if you’re in the area and looking to have some fun tonight, here you go:

Start Novena for the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today 03/29! March 29, 2017

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Thanks to reader MJD for the reminder and Novena below:

Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.
Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests
with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart
.

Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred passion and death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition.To whom shall I have recourse in my wants and miseries if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.

Holy Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me
and obtain for me from our Lord {mention your petition}, if it be for His honor and glory, and for my good. Amen.

LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can also pray the Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows:

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 us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
Have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost
Have mercy on us

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins pray for us
Mother of the Crucified pray for us
Sorrowful Mother pray for us
Mournful Mother pray for us

Sighing Mother pray for us
Afflicted Mother pray for us
Forsaken Mother pray for us
Desolate Mother pray for us
Mother most sad pray for us

Mother set around with anguish pray for us
Mother overwhelmed by grief pray for us
Mother transfixed by a sword pray for us
Mother crucified in thy heart pray for us
Mother bereaved of thy Son pray for us

Sighing Dove pray for us
Mother of Dolors pray for us
Fount of tears pray for us
Sea of bitterness pray for us
Field of tribulation pray for us

Mass of suffering pray for us
Mirror of patience pray for us
Rock of constancy pray for us
Remedy in perplexity pray for us
Joy of the afflicted pray for us

Ark of the desolate pray for us
Refuge of the abandoned pray for us
Shield of the oppressed pray for us
Conqueror of the incredulous pray for us
Solace of the wretched pray for us

Medicine of the sick pray for us
Help of the faint pray for us
Strength of the weak pray for us
Protectress of those who fight pray for us
Haven of the shipwrecked pray for us

Calmer of tempests pray for us
Companion of the sorrowful pray for us
Retreat of those who groan pray for us
Terror of the treacherous pray for us
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs pray for us

Treasure of the Faithful pray for us
Light of Confessors pray for us
Pearl of Virgins pray for us
Comfort of Widows pray for us
Joy of all Saints pray for us

Queen of thy Servants pray for us
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled pray for us.

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin That we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ

O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of
Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet
soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, grant
that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows,
may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives
and reigns world without end. Amen

Join Father Jason Cargo on Rosary Walks in Richardson March 22, 2017

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Continuing a tradition he began a year or two ago while pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Corsicana, Fr. Jason Cargo of St. Joseph parish in Richardson is conducting daily Rosary processions in public this Lent in order to evangelize and witness to our glorious Faith, in addition to rendering publicly the honor and glory rightly due to God.  You have to check Father’s Facebook page for the time and location, which varies from day to day as Father seeks to witness to as much of the city as possible.  Starting times and locations for this week are given below:

Thursday 3/23 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Friday 3/24 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Saturday 3/25 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Sunday 3/26 at 4:00 pm (Lookout Park)
Monday 3/27 at 4:30 pm (Ridgecreek Dr. and Bellview Court)
Tuesday 3/28 at 6:00 pm (Sherrill Park Golf Course)
Wednesday 3/29 at 5:30 pm (Ambleside and Pickwick)

YALE ELEMENT. is on Yale and Collins. meet at parking lot that faces Yale Park.

LOOKOUT PARK can be accessed off of Lookout Drive and Plano

Ridgecreek Dr. and Belleview Court is the intersection of two streets. Its in the neighborhood of Windmill stables off of Jupiter.

SHERRIL PARK GOLF COURSE – is accessed off of Lookout and Jupiter

Ambleside and Pickwick – can be accessed off of Renner and Owens

A nice video on the effort was put out by Texas Catholic, the diocesan media platform:

Good Father Cargo.  Rockin’ the cassock and cappa romana.  He is really a good priest.  I pray he is well received at St. Joseph and that his apostolate reach more and more souls.

I am really sorry I did find out about this sooner, as Lent is about half gone.  I suspected Father Cargo would take up this great work of mercy and faith since his reassignment to St. Joseph around Easter last year, but not being on Facebook I missed it until I saw about this on Youtube. That’s the second time today I’ve missed some big news because I’m not on Facebook.  But I’m setting up a reminder to check Father’s Facebook, which I can do without rejoining, next week to help get the word out.

If you have time and live or work in the Richardson/North Dallas area, consider joining Father on one of his “walks.”  They usually take about 45 minutes and cover 1 1/2 miles, praying all 15 decades of the Rosary.

I really like this kind of effort and it makes me feel rather ashamed I’ve let the prayer vigils outside strip clubs lapse.  As Father Cargo says, we never know what fruit giving such public witness of our Faith will yield – not only for those on the outside, but also for ourselves.  I pray that more priests take the time to do such good works.  Father Cargo is pastor of a huge parish but he is still prioritizing these efforts at evangelization.  May God bless him and all those who participate abundantly.

And please pray for him!  Our good priests are always especially under attack, from both the world and the devil and the fallen angels.  Pray Father is able to do all that good he wants to do, which is substantial.  He was very generous with me in something I was trying to do at one time and I shall not forget that.  Deo Gratias!

Image from Father’s Facebook, I pray he doesn’t mind.