TLM under threat from Francis? January 13, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I have long suspected – and I think I have opined to this effect here on the blog in the past – that with the direction of Francis’ tenure as Bishop of Rome so apparent, Summorum Pontificum could not long be left standing. The architects of the revolution in the Church did not accidentally make a full-on assault on the Mass their first priority. They knew that was the key to changing people’s beliefs and ultimately to changing the Church into the worldly, secularized construct they so ardently desire. The Mass has always been the key to the life of the Church. It is the living embodiment of absolutely core elements of Catholic belief. Change it, and anything is possible.
The last 50 years have been a clear witness to this. The Church has been changed in ways that Catholics of prior generations could neither imagine nor believe – the vast majority would in fact be utterly aghast at what passes for liturgy, doctrine, morals, ecclesiology, etc. in vast swaths of the Church today. Forcing changes on the Mass – whether to “modernize” it as was claimed, or to make it less “offensive” to protestants, or to simply wreak a revolution – was a master stroke by those who knew the Church well enough to know where to wound her most grievously.
Summorum Pontificum is a deadly threat to the entire post-conciliar construct. I know there are readers who haven’t jumped on the TLM train, and I understand some of their particular reasons, but overall, allowing the TLM to exist outside a few isolated, persecuted ghettos, to allow it to spread, even with all the roadblocks and obstacles constructed by most dioceses against it, to allow it to be perceived as “normal” and “equal” to the Novus Ordo is to allow a counter-revolutionary element to exist in the Church of the highest effectiveness and the gravest import. Over time, the revolutionaries know that even slightly free existence of the TLM will eventually cause the complete destruction of their Great Facade, the modernist-progressive construct successfully imposed on the Church in the 60s and 70s.
It simply cannot be allowed to exist, to be seen as an equally normative expression of the Sacred Liturgy (even though, in reality, it is the new Mass that is the oddball). At some point the permissions granted under Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae – as unfairly implemented and unreasonably blocked as they have been – MUST be repealed. Already opposition is building to the Franciscan attempt to replay the revolution. Even secular sites are noting this (OK, it is Damien Thompson, but what about this observation from the “manosphere?”). The hope that Francis would mark a new period of progressive pontifical ascendancy may be misplaced. Thus, the time to act is now, no matter how politically explosive this act may be, no matter how much of a repudiation of the signature achievement of the still-living former pontiff it would mark.
Thus, I was not surprised at all to read this post from Rorate:
This from the latest blog post by Italian vaticanist Sandro Magister (along with Marco Tosatti, the top vaticanist in the current pontificate):There are those who fear that after the demolition of “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the next objective, of this or another commission, will be the correction of “Summorum Pontificum,” the document with which Benedict XVI liberalized the celebration of the Mass in the ancient rite.The time to agitate is now: Traditionalists around the world must make clear the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum (which was not an act of “mercy,” but a mere recognition of justice and logic) cannot be touched.
I agree. While overall I fear the difficulty of moving the committed ideologue, especially one with as many Machiavellian instincts as this one, I do think sufficient noise might scare them off. I’m not certain what the best approach to achieve that is. I’m open to suggestions. Flood the Vatican with letters? Go crazy on social media? Enlist the aid of sympathetic alternative media with a large following? Deck the USS Missouri out in thousands of fiddlebacks and float it up the Tiber? All of the above…….
Lazy Video Post, Hong Kong Flu Edition January 10, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I started with a little sore throat Friday, which transitioned to a cough yesterday, and today is full blown Hong Kong
Phooey Flu. All you get today is two vids, but they’re both really good, one on the Jezebel spirit and wives rebellion from their husbands……….:
…….and the other from that priest many of us had missed so much these past 2-odd years, on Epiphany, the Holy Family, and the Errors of Russia. I believe this is new content, from 2016:
There are so often really good book recommendations embedded in this priest’s sermons.
That will be all for today, barring a miraculous recovery, not sure about tomorrow, either. When I get a high fever, I’m a wimpy as they come.
Any recommendations for home remedies? Pretty sure it is actual influenza, maybe with bronchitis on top.
Your prayers are most appreciated. God bless you!
Neo-Catholics, Water Carriers of the Revolution January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, rank stupidity, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Quite a stinging, but very much timely and on point video from Michael Matt. A couple of people sent this to me over the weekend, but I’d already seen it – you have to get up pretty early to get the jump on ol’ Tantumblogo. Hopefully that doesn’t mean everyone’s already seen it – I hate to be redundant. But if it’s good enough to watch once, it’s good enough to watch again, amiright?
I have to say, I’ve never seen a “gathering rite” as Matt relates. I have, however, seen much abominable behavior prior to, during, and after Mass, including loud, rude conversation, total lack of prayer and devotion, wholly inappropriate attire, and various forms of roughhousing and grabass playing. Sometimes that latter involves kids, sometimes not. This complete lack of reverence, devotion, and seeming understanding of what is about to take place during the Mass is one of the major factors that drove me to seek out more orthodox, pious alternatives; first, a Novus Ordo Latin Mass, and finally, the TLM.
Speaking of, I assisted at a nuptial Mass in the Novus Ordo world over the holidays. The parish was abominable, liturgically. Tabernacle shunted into a literal closet (it sat 8 in cramped fashion!). The church itself was a huge circle with the altar offset far to one side and a large stage for the priest and other “liturgical actors” to prance around on. Felt banners abounded. There was naturally a huge hot tub baptismal font. For a little while, I thought I was in San Antonio, but, no, it was just the Diocese of Fort Worth.
I will never comprehend what weird – one might even be tempted to say diabolical – psychology is at play in weddings (and not just Catholic ones), where it seems like a contest among the young women invited to attend to be the most scantily, inappropriately dressed woman there. It almost seems like a passive-aggressive attempt by young, single women (and some not so young, or single) to upstage the bride by drawing attention to themselves through revealing clothing. The laughable part was, it was quite cold that night by Texas standards, about 33 degrees with a brisk north wind. My wife, always seeking the charitable explanation, opined that these fit-for-Tinder dresses might be the only ones they own. I’m tempted to call BS on that, but, then again, I’ve seen similar at more than a few funerals, so maybe there’s something to it.
Folks at the wedding Mass at least tried to keep the conversation down to a dull roar, but far louder than one might see in, say, a movie theater. That’s the worst part, these people have been deliberately and carefully formed to regard assisting at Mass, being in the Eucharistic Presence of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, to be of LESS significance, and deserving of less decorum, than one might find in a theater or upscale restaurant. It’s not just St. Paul – prior to an ordination Mass here in the Diocese of Dallas, when the Cathedral was jam packed, I got congratulated by a media photographer for being the only one of the thousand odd people there on their knees, praying prior to the Mass. He was Eastern Orthodox and blown away by the lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and the unbelievably powerful transformation about to take place in men given a supernatural Grace beyond human comprehension, and by the boorishness of those in attendance.
I’m sure we all have similar stories. Too many to share. When we wonder how Francis could be doing what he’s doing, and all the long years of abuse, error, and even outright heresy committed by so many in the Church, including every one of his predecessors dating back to Paul VI, at least, all we have to realize is, they radically, cruelly, heartlessly changed the Mass. Heck, they upended it, turned it inside out, turned the sublime into the banal and showed a billion odd Catholics and the entire world that literally nothing at all was sacred in the brave new post-conciliar world.
Given that, nothing should really surprise us. The way from the Church as it was prior to the Council to where it is today, near schism and potential doctrinal collapse, was paved very carefully and deliberately. I think we have to recognize that even some of Francis “conservative” predecessors played a substantial role in that construction project. I am far from certain how we get back to the way things were, or some new reality based on the Church as it must be, but I do know the restoration of the Mass of Ages is absolutely central to that project, and, indeed, it cannot occur without the return of the TLM as the regular, everyday, normative Mass for the entire Church.
A Very Positive Appraisal of Dallas’ New Bishop Edward Burns January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, Society, true leadership.
One reason I’ve been behind the curve with regard to soon-to-be Dallas Bishop Edward Burns is because I was completely offline and out of town in North Carolina when the announcement was made. I missed out on a great deal of coverage, also, because I am not on social media. So, I was very glad to receive an appraisal from a local person who happened to have some interaction with Edward Burns on the day the announcement of his appointment as Dallas’ next bishop was made, essentially the only day he has been in the Dallas Diocese so far.
This individual was very impressed. They indicated Bishop-elect Burns is very prayerful. In fact, in spite of having an extremely busy day of travel, introductions, and press conferences/media interaction, he insisted on having a Holy Hour the night of the announcement. Some folks thought, it’s too late, it’s been a long day, but Bishop-elect Burns was determined to have a Holy Hour of prayer for thanksgiving and for Grace for his upcoming role, and so he had one. The impression my contact gained of Bishop-elect Burns is that he is a prayerful man, something that even I have been well aware was not an exactly overwhelming characteristic of either of his predecessors.
Bishop-elect Burns also showed a welcome pastoral touch. Even though he met hundreds of people on the day of his introduction to the Diocese, at the end of the day he thanked many involved by name. He had involved conversations with many local Catholics, from diocesan staff to lay people who had hurried to the presser to meet him, and all came away very impressed. He seemed to be happy to make time for local Catholics, to hear their views and any concerns they might have, and did not seem to be in a hurry to get away to more pressing engagements. That’s again a bit of a change from what has been the experience of local Catholics in recent years. I know I am far from the only involved local Catholic who found Bishop Farrell a man who was essentially impossible for most laity to reach, even well-connected, involved ones who had serious business to discuss.
It’s too soon to tell where Bishop-elect Burns lands on the matter of the Liturgy and Doctrine, but my contact is very hopeful there, too. I did get further feedback from local pro-life leaders that they are very excited and expect good things from Burns. Their brief introductions apparently gave them substantial hope for even more diocesan support of local pro-life, anti-abortion efforts.
Another hopeful sign is this: a local priest who has longed for years to offer Mass Ad Orientem is again doing so. This priest had introduced Ad Orientem at Mass in 2008, intending the change to be permanent, but he was apparently forced to desist after only a few weeks. You guys are well-informed readers, you can do the math from there. I know this priest very well and dearly love him, and am so glad he is again able to offer Mass facing the tabernacle as has been the default practice in the Church for 15 or 16 centuries.
Well, praise God, it looks like Dallas will have a bishop that is, if not a hero of orthodox doctrine, at least approachable, possessed of a solid prayer life, and seems to bend at least somewhat conservative. I know there are a few indications that have given some folks pause, but for now I will remain hopefully optimistic and give our new Bishop-elect Burns the benefit of the doubt, as he rightfully deserves. Never a Pollyanna, I’ll certainly be watching his actions with interest and will call things as I see them, but until then, I’ll take these positive assessments from people I know and pray they play out into reality over the next few years.
People often tend to want to give the newcomer, especially an authority figure, the benefit of the doubt, until evidence proves out the contrary, but I think there is a reasonable expectation of hope here.
A New Miracle at Fatima, and the End of the World January 5, 2017Posted 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.
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.
As the World Grows More Wicked, It’s Time for Justice January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I’m very heartened to see that the priest presenting the sermon below is back with an online presence. Per SOP for these priests, I cannot mention his name though I certainly know him. Something occurred towards the end of 2014 that somehow prevented this priest’s sermons from being presented online anymore. While his personal website has not been updated since that time, starting about 3 months ago sermons from this priest began to appear on Sensus Fidelium. Please, let’s not get into “name that priest” in the comments, nor expostulate on the reasons for his absence. Let’s just be glad he’s back, and he’s in top form in the sermon below. In fact, this priest, known rather well for his moral conviction and (very appropriate) righteous indignation, is about as morally offended in this sermon as I’ve ever heard him be.
The reason for that moral outrage has to do with the goings on at that highest levels of the Church, including the monstrous new Vatican website for “Catholic” sex education that features images and content the priest believes to be pornographic. This website, which is intended to be the standard reference point for all Church catechesis in this morally fraught area, sort of slipped under the radar with all the other atrocities that have come to light over the past several months. Yes there was coverage, but I don’t think the intensity or degree of concern was equal to the scandal this website should cause (due to its content, I’ll not be linking to it).
As he is wont to do, this priest presents a grand historical sweep, demonstrating in great deal concrete instances of God’s Justice in action against past societies that have fallen into the exact same kind of moral sewer we see around us today. He exhorts souls to pray with great devotion for God’s mercy on us all, since we live in a time where the offenses against God have reached such a volume, and such extremes of action, that it seems inconceivable that God’s hand of righteous justice can be stayed much longer.
I pray you enjoy the sermon, and I apologize for my long absence. I hoped to blog some over the break, but circumstances did not permit it. Very glad to be back.
I hope to post more sermons from this priest in the coming days.
Milo Comes Out As Trad? December 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition.
Ok it’s late and I have 1200 miles to drive tomorrow so I haven’t watched all of it, but I believe noted alt-right counter-insurgent has come out……as a TRAD. Note the comment at 1:25, where he makes a joke of the banality of the Mass in vernacular. THERE MAY BE FOUL LANGUAGE, BLUE HUMOR AND GAY INNUENDO IN THE BELOW. YOU ARE WARNED:
Want More Holy Priests? Dissatisfied with the Fidelity of Your Pastor? A Suggestion for You. December 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
I was told this past weekend about an apostolate that has quietly sprung up at a few traditional parishes around the country. It is a most remarkable apostolate, I feel, and something I think should be strongly considered by all who have great concern over the state of the Church today.
We often ask ourselves, as lay faithful, what we can do to help arrest, let alone reverse, the crisis that has afflicted the Church these past several decades. Many of us have had experience with priests who promote error and who seem wholly gone over to the revolutionary changes that have bowdlerized our glorious Holy Mother the Church.
Being the laity whose feelings – being politically unpopular at this time – apparently matter very little to even local priests/pastors, let alone bishops and the rest of the hierarchy, we haven’t much power besides prayer and penance. I most certainly encourage all laity to make use of their power of the purse very wisely to try to support those small areas of the Church that are not morally and/or doctrinally compromised, but after years of making such encouragements, and even feverish arguments, I realize that there aren’t very many who are willing to turn off the monetary tap to the local parish to which they belong, no matter how heretical or abusive Father X or Y may be.
Our best recourse has always been prayer and penance. That’s where this “new” (as in, new to me) apostolate fits in. It’s really simple – get a group of seven women, or groups of women in multiples of seven – and have each individual commit to devoting one holy hour a week for the purpose of encouraging the sanctity/doctrinal rectitude of their priests but especially their pastors. I suppose it could apply to men, as well, but this seems an apostolate uniquely suited to the particular gifts and virtues of women. As I said, this has been ongoing in at least a few locales.
Where or how you do the holy hour is entirely up to do. The apostolate operates on the honor system. This prayer effort can be focused on a particular pastor/priest or for pastors and priests generally, but in general the intention is to pray for those priests assigned to one’s own parish.
This is not meant to be a large, structured effort that has centralized leadership. It’s up to women (or men) at individual parishes to identify likely participants, divvy up days, and just get started with the prayers and holy hours. If you can’t find 7 people, a few individuals could certainly commit to making a holy hour one day a week to the same end. Of course, should someone’s schedule permit, they could perform this service more than one day a week. Individuals can certainly contribute, as well, and some of you may already be way ahead of me. One thing I do recommend that is that groups be segregated according to sex, if possible – that is, groups or women or men but not both.
This apostolate is not intended only for those with sketchy priests. Even if you are blessed to be at a parish with good priests and a good pastor, as some of us are, this is a most worthy effort to help them become still more holy and effective shepherds of souls, and to stave off any potential fall into error or moral turpitude. I can think of about 500 reasons to do this, but I’m sure many will be apparent to you so I won’t waste your time with that. If you do have success getting a group started, I would certainly be gratified to know about it.
In fact, those who know me locally are invited to contact me if you are interested in finding a day a week in which to undertake this effort. There are many similar groups out there, but they tend to have a little different focus. This one is very much focused on the sanctity and doctrinal rectitude of those who can have the most impact on our spiritual lives, our priests. I realize many of you probably already pray for priests generally or even for particular priests, but perhaps making a holy hour at least weekly could help take the spiritual warfare to another level.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
An Exhortation to Assist at Mass Daily December 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Not that many of the present company probably require an exhortation to do so, if the option is available, there is still a lot of good in this excerpt from The Incredible Catholic Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem, on assisting daily at Mass if at all possible. For those who believe strongly in their souls that assisting at the Novus Ordo is at least problematic, if not spiritually dangerous or worse, this can present a problem of access, of course, as the TLM is still generally only available at most at one or two places in most dioceses, often only on Sundays, and most probably in inauspicious locations. Nevertheless, for those who have the TLM available every day or most every day, assisting at Mass should be perhaps their highest priority, something they are willing to suffer a good deal of inconvenience and even some potential lost work opportunities to do. As Fr. von Cochem notes, our God is a great and generous God, and will not long let such generosity on our part go unrewarded, both spiritually, but in most cases also materially:
In the first place, let me tell you, O Christian, that no hour of the whole day is so precious as that wherein you hear Mass and offer that Mass to the ever-blessed Trinity. It is indeed a golden hour, for all that you do in cooperation with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is changed to gold. The other hours of the day, in comparison with it, may be likened to copper. It may be alleged that work is of greater importance than hearing Mass to those who earn their bread. To this I reply that hearing Mass is more important than our work, because it contributes largely to our eternal welfare. I do not say that a man should neglect his work altogether, but that he should spare half an hour from it for the service of his God: his work will get on all the better for it, for God will bless it more abundantly. Those who absent themselves from Mass out of indifference or for the sake of some temporal advantage change the hour that might be golden into one of lead and sustain a loss incalculably greater than any earthly loss, for in that hour they might have won a hundred times more than they could earn by a whole day’s labor. Our Savior teaches us this in the memorable words of His: “What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Mt xvi:26). By not going to Mass on weekdays for the sake of temporal profit we do our soul an immeasurable injury, for which no worldly wealth can compensate. Shall we, then, heedless of Our Lord’s warning, throw away eternal riches for the things of time and sense?
…….How short-sighted, then, is the man or woman who prefers to lose the treasures contained in Holy Mass rather than deprive himself of a few pennies! By going to Mass they might earn treasures wherewith to purchase Heaven, but they will renounce these if the least diminution of their wages is involved – not that I believe they would be losers in the end, for God, of His divine bounty, would so prosper their work as more than to make up for the time they took from it………
……..Yet, of a truth, in every Mass, not earthly riches, but celestial riches from Heaven are showered down on all who are present, and all who are free to possess themselves of them. But what are the riches which drop down from above? An increase of divine grace, an increase of merit and virtue, an increase of eternal glory, celestial consolations, the divine blessing in temporal affairs, the pardon of venial sins, the remission of a great part of the temporal debt due to Divine Justice, a share in the infinite merits of Christ. Grace and mercy, temporal welfare and eternal salvation – such is the heavenly dew which distills from above…….Wherefore, if on account of the slight trouble it costs us or the trifling pecuniary sacrifice it entails, we omit going to Mass on weekdays when we might do so, we are guilty of great folly…..
…….The object and end of our existence upon earth is to praise the Divine Majesty according to His great glory. This cannot be done better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most Sublime Sacrifice of praise……….We cannot bear fruit better than by hearing Mass in the state of grace, for it is the most perfect Sacrifice of satisfaction. We daily stand exposed to the danger of falling into sin, of being overtaken by misfortune; we cannot guard against these perils better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most efficacious Propitiatory Sacrifice. Death and the devil constantly dog our footsteps and lay in wait for us, desirous to snatch us away and precipitate us into hell; we cannot shield ourselves against their arrows better than by hearing Mass, for it is the surest protection against the evils that threaten us. Finally, let us not forget that in the hour of death we shall be in some need of the Savior’s assistance; there is no better means of assuring ourselves of this than by hearing Mass devoutly, for have we not heard how Christ Himself gave to one of His servants the promise that he would send for his solace and support at his last moments as many blessed spirits as he had heard Masses with devotion during his lifetime? Reflect upon these truths and resolve from henceforth to hear Mass, if possible every day.
I will not be around much through to next year. A little early next week, than that’s probably it for the year. This blog will probably change a lot next year. Most posts will, God willing, be like this one. Seven years in, I feel it’s about time for a change. I feel like in some regards I have said the same thing 50 or 100 times, so I think I’ll let others speak for the most part for a while, like this quote from Fr. von Cochem. We shall see.
I met Father Maximilian Mary, FFI, at Clear Creek monastery about two or three years ago. At that time, I believe he was headed to be near the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (order their new CD!) and possibly serve some kind of chaplaincy with those traditional nuns. He is now trying to live as a hermit in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, and Deo Gratias to Bishop Ronald Gainer for being open to Father’s apostolate. However, he needs financial support to do so, and is making the following appeal:
Grace, peace and joy to you in the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
I have been a longstanding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and, in 2013, I obtained permission from our Apostolic Commissioner to discern my contemplative vocation outside the walls of the Order. Thanks be to God I have recently been welcomed by a benevolent Bishop to be a hermit in his Diocese.
One of the conditions for being received into his Diocese is that I be “self-sustaining.”
Providentially, a group of the lay faithful who used to assist the missionaries and contemplatives of the Franciscans of the Immaculate through a Latin Mass Novena website have recently offered the use of this website to me. Besides my normal expenses (food, utilities, healthcare, etc.), there are the initial costs of getting set up as a hermit, so I was wondering if Rorate Caeli might be in a position to let people know about my upcoming Christmas Latin Mass Novena which, besides enrollment in 9 Tridentine Masses, includes a beautiful Christmas enrollment card and a CD (anthology of sacred and classical music I have recorded as a seminarian and friar over the past 26 years). All of the information can be found HERE.
Thank you and God bless you.
In Corde Matris,
Fr. Maximilian Mary
Here is more from his website:
A Christmas Novena of Traditional Latin Masses according to the 1962 Roman Missal (extraordinary form) will be offered for THE SANCTIFICATION OF ALL FAMILIES (or persons) enrolled in the Novena. The nine Masses will begin with the Christmas Midnight Mass and will conclude on Jan. 1st, Solemnity of Our Lord’s Circumcision. The suggested donation is $20 for each enrollment which includes an enrollment card and the CD Memorare. These will be sent to each family (or person) enrolled. The Masses for this year’s Christmas Novena will be offered by Fr. Maximilian Mary of Jesus Crucified in his hermitage and/or on the high altar of the Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.
You can enroll in the Novena of Masses and make a donation for Father here. As I said, I had the pleasure to meet Father Maximilian Mary some time back, and was very impressed with his candor, piety, and devotion. He was able to avoid some of the unpleasantness surrounding the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least directly. I fully support his effort to become a hermit and pray he finds generous support in this season of Advent and beyond. I am very pleased to have enrolled my family in this Novena of Masses, which is such a powerful source of Grace. I pray the abundant fruit of these Masses will result in great spiritual fruit for my family and our friends during this upcoming Christmas season!
Thanks to Father Maximilian Mary for making this kind exchange possible.