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REMINDER: Next Men’s Prayer Vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ Wednesday October 7, 2015 @ 8 pm October 1, 2015

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I got a really awesome sign of Our Lady of Fatima.  I shall try to bring it.  It’s huge.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your suggestions and recommendations.  The sign is one thing that was recommended, to better communicate to passersby what it is we are doing.  As for the rest, standing pat for now, but there will likely more changes in future.

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY OCT. 7 @ 8p.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

We’ve had some good turnout.  I pray all of you are able to come back out this time.

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

Just to be clear we have had no occasions of sin stemming from being adjacent to a strip club.  We are out in public and have experienced no scandal at all to this point.

No protesting, just prayer.  If we are approached by anyone associated with the SOB let one man interact with them while the rest provide prayer support.

I pray I see you there!  We love to see new faces!

On the proper manifestation of zeal for souls September 30, 2015

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I haven’t posted anything from Divine Intimacy in ages, because a while back I got the impression that most readers perused Divine Intimacy at least as often as I did, and so the posting wasn’t helping anyone.  BUUUUT……this little bit from yesterday is so timely and good I thought, what the heck, I’ll post it.  There are sure to be some readers who don’t crack open Divine Intimacy daily (I highly recommend you do!).  The section below is on zeal for souls, and how to properly practice that zeal (this is a partial re-post but also update of a post from 2012. I’m putting the material in a new post):

Zeal for souls finds its source in charity, and in the contemplation of of Christ crucified. His wounds, His Blood, the excruciating sufferings of His agony, all tell us how much God values souls, and how much He loves them.  But this love is unrequited, and it seems that ungrateful men strive more and more to elude His action. It is this sad spectacle of all the ages which is renewed even today,  as though men wished to insult Jesus and renew His Passion.  “The world is on fire. Men try to condemn Christ once again, as it were, for they bring a thousand false witnesses against Him. They would raze his Church to the ground” (St. Teresa of Jesus, Way of Perfection, 1). If Teresa of Jesus could speak these words in her century which was troubled by the protestant heresy, how much more can we say it in ours, when the struggle against God and the Church has increased immeasurably, and has now spread over the entire world. [And even into the Church. Or perhaps especially into the Church. The bastions must be re-erected.  But how is beyond me at this point. I fear it’s going to take a great fall and then perhaps they can be built again, from the rubble.]Happy shall we be if we can say with the Saint: “It breaks my heart to see so many souls traveling to perdition. I would the evil were not so great……..I felt that I would have laid down a thousand lives to save a single one of all the souls that were being lost.” (Way of Perfection, 1)  But it is not a question of merely formulating desires; we must work, act, and suffer for the salvation of our fellow men.

St. John Chrysostom affirms: “Nothing is colder than a Christian who does not care about the salvation of others.” This coldness comes from a very languid charity. Let us kindle and revive our charity and it will inflame us with zeal for the salvation of souls.  Then our apostolate will no longer be merely a duty which is imposed from without, one which we are obliged to attend to because of the obligation of our state in life, but it will be an exigency of love, an interior flame of charity which burns spontaneously. [Is this not what the traditional movement, overall, is about – zeal for souls?!  Yes there are probably some motivated by less edifying motives, but I see in much of the traditional “critique,” if you will, of the crisis in the Church a profound love for souls AND Holy Mother Church.  We desire to see souls taught properly again, for disciplines to be reinstated for the good of souls, and for our glorious Mother to return to her proper, exalted status.  For me, anyway, but I think for many others, as well, being a traddie isn’t about just wanting things our way, it’s about what we know, what our sensus fidei tells us, is best for souls]

Devoting ourselves to the spiritual life does not mean shutting ourselves up in an ivory tower to enjoy God’s consolations undisturbed, with no concern for the welfare of others. [!!] It means concentrating all our powers on seeking God, working for our own sanctification in order to please God, and thus acquiring a power of action and impetration capable of obtaining the salvation of many souls[INDEED!]

St. Teresa of Jesus says:

O my dear Lord, how much oppressed are You by those to whom You have shown so much good! It seems as though these traitors [me, for I speak boldly, but I am weak] would send You to the Cross again and that You would have nowhere to lay Your Head. My heart cannot conceive this without being sorely distressed!

O eternal Father! Surely all these scourgings and insults and grievous tortures will not be forgotten. how, then, my Creator, can a heart as loving as Yours endure that an act which was performed by Your son in order to please You the more and to obey Your commands (for He loved You most deeply, and You commanded Him to love us) should be treated as lightly as the heretics treat the most Holy Sacrament today, destroying His tabernacles and demolishing His churches? [Can you imagine how the great St. Teresa would see the Church today?!?!  Today, the destruction comes not from without, but from within!  It is to weep…..] Could it be that Your Son failed to do something to please You? Has He not fulfilled everything?….Has this most loving Lamb to pay once more whenever we relapse into sin? Permit it not, my sovereign Lord! Look not upon our sins, but upon our redemption by Thy most sacred Son, upon His merits and upon those of His glorious Mother and of all the saints and martyrs who have died for You!……

…..Behold my desires, my God, and the tears with which I beg this of You; forget my sins, for Your Name’s sake, and have pity on all these souls who are being lost, and help Your Church (The Way of Perfection, 1-3)

———–End Quote———–

“now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church” (Col i:24).

Could the Church have fallen into her present deplorable state had the faithful not fulfilled this edict from St. Paul, to complete the sufferings of Christ’s Sacrifice in our own flesh?  Are we doing all we possibly can to “fill up those things that are wanting?”  I sadly must declare that I am not.  I could do much more.  I pray that I will.

President of Ghana’s Bishop’s Conference: “Homosexuals go to hell” September 30, 2015

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Well, we’re seeing a few examples of Christians willing to call a spade a spade today. First it was the Russian Orthodox Church calling the war against ISIS a holy war, and now the President of the Ghanian Catholic Bishop’s Conference says that practicing, unrepentant sodomites will go to hell:

Bishop Joseph Osei Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana disagreed with the notion that aberrosexuals [German site Katholisches’ term for sodomites/those of perverse inclinations] could go to heaven. The President of the Ghanaian Bishops’ Conference, who is descended from the ancient royal family of the Ashanti, is of a quite different opinion.

Homosexuality, said Bishop Osei Bonsu  was “not natural.”  The assertion  that some could already be born as homosexuals, was placed  by the Ghanaian prelate in the realm of “political myth-making”. They had been invented to agitate for “gay rights” and to justify one’s actions. [Absolutely correct. To date, there is absolutely zero evidence for a genetic component to perverse proclivities, but the lie has been repeated often enough that the vast majority of the soft-headed people today accept it unquestioningly, as an article of faith.  In fact, there is actually much more evidence that these inclinations stem almost entirely from environment, with poor relationships with their fathers being almost the constant factor in these afflicted souls]

“The Bible tells us in the Letter to the Romans, chapter one, clearly, that those who practice homosexuality and those who  support gay marriage political, religious or not, will be guilty before God.” 

“Gays, lesbians, liars and child molesters and others do not get into heaven, and the Bible says that very clearly. There is not a man who says, and not a bishop, that they do not go to heaven, but the Bible. It is the Holy Scriptures that says that they do not go to heaven,” said Msgr. Osei-Bonsu [Thus, the authority of this determination does not rest with men, but with God, who through inspired and inerrant Scripture hath revealed this unto us]

Just what does Romans 1 have to say about sodomy?  It could hardly be more clear, and even more, seems to forecast a day when men, rejecting God’s law, would pretend that this perversion was actually normal and acceptable:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, or give thanks: but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened:

22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

23 *And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things.

24 Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, *to uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie: and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

27 And, in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [St. Paul is referring directly to the Canaanites and their perverse practices in support of their satanic religion, but he is also speaking of all of those who give themselves over to such unnatural lusts]

28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge; God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient,

29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,

30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.

32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.

It is frightening the degree to which St. Paul describes our culture today.  “They liked not to have God in their knowledge; [so] God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient [or natural]”……..”They, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.”

There’s a lot of folks in a lot of trouble, spiritually, and the truly frightening thing is, there is almost no one to tell them what danger their souls are in.

I just want to say one more brief thing: good for Bishop Bonsu for teaching the Truth with charity.  But really, that’s not heroic virtue, that’s his minimum duty as a prelate in Holy Mother Church.  The only reason it seems heroic is because so very few of his brother bishops are willing to stick their necks out and proclaim the truth in that manner. That is, so many other manifestly fail in their duties, it seems heroic when a bishop actually fulfills it. So pray like mad for our bishops, which I know so many of you already do.  But apparently there is still much to be done.

+Liguori: “Jesus died for us; we ought to live and die for Him” September 30, 2015

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori on the proper gratitude we should have for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all things, but especially in thankfulness for his Passion, death, and Resurrection.  From The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, pp. 330-331:

Saint Augustine says that Jesus Christ, having first given His life for us, has bound us to give our life for Him; and, further, that when we go to the Eucharistic table to communicate, as we go to feed there upon the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we ought also, in gratitude, to prepare for Him the offering of our blood and of our life, if there is need for us to give either of them for His glory.  

Full of tenderness are the words of St. Francis de Sales on this text of St. Paul: The charity of Christ presseth us (II Cor v:14). To what does it press us?  To love Him.  But let us hear what St. Francis de Sales says: “When we know that Jesus has loved us even to death, and that the death of the Cross, is not this to feel our hearts constrained by a violence as great as it is full of delight?” And then he adds, “My Jesus gives Himself wholly to me, and I give myself wholly to Him; I will live and die upon His breast, and neither death nor life shall ever separate me from Him.” [How do we stay close to Jesus?  By the practice of virtue and especially charity for God and for souls, but just as importantly, by accepting and practicing to the best of our ability ALL the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  This latter part has been greatly forgotten  over the past 50 years]

St. Peter, in order that we might remember to be ever grateful to our Savior, reminds us that we were not redeemed from the slavery of hell with gold or silver, but with the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, which He sacrificed for us, as an innocent Lamb, upon the altar of the Cross. Great, therefore, will be the punishment of those who are thankless for such a blessing, if they do not correspond to it.  It is true that Jesus came to save all men who were lost (Lk xix:10); but it is also true what was said by the Venerable Simeon, when Mary presented the child Jesus in the temple: Behold, this child is placed for the fall and the rising again of many in Israel, and as a sign of contradiction which shall be spoken against (Lk ii:34). By the words for the rising again he expresses the salvation which all believers should receive from Jesus Christ, who by faith should rise from death to the life of Grace.  But first, by the words he is set for the fall, he foretells that many shall fall into a greater ruin by their ingratitude to the Son of God, Who came into the world to become a contradiction to His enemies, as the following words imply: He shall be a sign which shall be spoken against; for Jesus Christ was set up as a sign, against which were hurled all the calumnies, the injuries, and the insults which the Jews devised against Him.  And this sign is spoken against not only by the Jews of the present day, who deny Him to be the Messiah, but by those Christians who ungratefully return His love with offenses, and by neglecting His commands.  

…….Wherefore, if we do not love Him, and obey His precepts, of which the first is that we should love Him, we are not only ungrateful, but unjust, and deserve a double punishment.  The obligation of a slave rescued by Jesus Christ from the hands of the devil is to devote himself wholly to love and serve Him, whether he live or die.

————End Quote———-

Once again, the topic of mercy comes to mind.  There are plainly efforts afoot from the highest authorities in the Church to propagate a false concept of mercy that puts Doctrine and justice in conflict with charity/mercy.  As we see from the above, however, it is impossible to show proper gratitude for God if we do not accept All that He has told us, including those things which are deeply unpopular and countercultural today.  At least, that’s how a great Saint, perhaps the greatest expert on moral doctrine in the history of the Church, viewed things.  It is not that he was wrong, or overly zealous, nor that his exegesis is somehow dated and out of place, but that many have fallen under the dread influence of modernist indifferentism and general weakness of Faith.  And for those, St. Alphonsus predicts a dire end, being among those Christians who return Christ’s love with offenses by neglecting His commands.

Not an enviable state. They definitely need many prayers.


Quick reminder: Wyoming Catholic College presentation in Irving Thursday 10/01/15 September 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Society, Tradition.

Just wanted to give a quick reminder that an administrator from Wyoming Catholic College will be on hand at Mater Dei parish in Irving, TX this Thursday October 1 at 7:15 pm (or immediately after the 6:30 pm Mass).  Trevor Lontine, alumnus and admissions counselor at WCC will be on hand to answer your questions about what WCC has to offer you or your children.  WCC is probably one of the least expensive, if not the least expensive, faithful Catholic colleges around.  I don’t know that they are explicitly traditional, yet, but with Dr. Peter Kwasneiwski one of their most prominent faculty, the traditional practice of the Faith is growing there.

So come check it out!  You don’t have to be affiliated with Mater Dei in any way to attend.

Slick flyer —–>>>>> Mater Dei TX Poster

IT’S V-G DAY! Pope Francis proclaims it’s ok for government employees to say no to pseudo-sodo-marriages! September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, scandals, foolishness, silliness, sadness, Papa, episcopate, Virtue, Tradition, persecution, pr stunts, different religion.

A little late, one might think.  While he had numerous golden opportunities and the most high-profile platforms available, Pope Francis said little or nothing about pseudo-sodo-marriage or the rising persecution in this country, save for some bland, nebulous statements regarding religious liberty (which could have been the erroneous secular understanding of same, for all we know).  But on the flight back from North America to Rome sweet Rome, Pope Francis finally gave a sterling, powerful, full-throated defense of those who, in conscience, simply cannot go along with the sexular pagan agenda and specifically, perform government functions that require them to pretend that two people of the same sex can be married.  Hallelujah!  We’re saved:

On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said…..

“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said, speaking in Italian.

“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.

Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. “Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not.'”

WOW!  Couldn’t be clearer, could it?!?  In fact, I’m quite certain this is the first whopping step that will see the steady roll back – nay, complete crushing – of the forces of sodomy in the world at large!  I mean what possible rejoinder could there be to “Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure” and “And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.”  I understand ARCUS and New Ways Ministry are considering shutting down after this clear, unequivocal condemnation of sodomy and bold assertion of the Truth and rights of the Church as revealed by God Almighty.  Heck, they’ve probably closed up shop already.

The Pope just utterly blew away the moral relativism of the satanic left by pointing it out to them in the last sentence. I’m sure they are even now in sackcloth and ashes, bewailing the fact that their “might makes right” modus operandi has now been exposed for all the world to see.

OK……I’m being a bit smart.  But sorry, this is way too little and way too late.  Instead of pointing to conscientious objection, Pope Francis could have just as easily, and much more powerfully, said that objection to pseudo-sodo-marriage and all the rest is an absolute right because it is founded in the Truth, while this fake marriage and all the other atrocities are evil and morally wrong.  But instead he basically begged permission for some to be excused from the sexular pagan zeitgeist.  It is rather nice that he at least recognizes that what the sexular left proposes is a structure entirely based on marxist power dynamics (power = right/morality), but his language is again so nebulous and weak that a) the point evades most people and b) it fails to condemn it in the stark terms demanded by the severity of the situation.

Context also comes into play.  The same words said in front of Congress would have had a lot more impact than on the flight home to Rome, almost while running away, as it were.  Throughout the 10 day visit to both the US and Cuba, Pope Francis had any number of golden opportunities to really strike blows in favor of the Church, the Truth, and the good of souls, but, a few relatively innocuous exceptions aside, singularly failed to do so.  He seemed much more interested in stressing his political program (which happens to align with the desires of the self-anointed, false* elite in both countries) and in not making any serious waves against the global powers that be.  It was  quite the opposite of visits from PBXVI and PSJPII, both of whom, at least periodically, would afflict the powerful of the world.  But I don’t think too many are surprised by this at this point.

And, if you really didn’t get it V-G = Victory over Gay, like V-J for Victory over Japan

* – I have no animus against an elite in any society, properly understood and construed.  I wouldn’t say I’m a monarchist or a devotee of an aristocratic system, per se’, but I do believe there is a proper role for an elite in any society, be it the Church, a locality, a nation, or the world. But such elites must be dedicated, and this is critical, to the assertion of the common good, which can only be rightly done in concert with revealed Truth, that is, the Doctrine of the Faith.  The vast majority of self-anointed elites today – and they do anoint themselves, whether it be by riches, media presence, media stardom, or academic credentials – not only do very little for the common good (their self-promoting PR stunts aside), but work for the positive derangement of the moral order and the promotion of what is best for souls. They are, by and large, thoroughgoing promoters of the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and are not at all deserving of our respect or admiration, nor their self-anointed roles as society’s “betters” and arbiters of cultural standards.

Breaking: Cardinal Burke brought back into Curia by Pope Francis September 29, 2015

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Not many details, yet, only that Cardinal Burke has been appointed to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, along with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, another of the more faithful princes of the Church:

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, metropolitan archbishop of Bologna, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Maybe giving Cardinal Burke a bunch of free time was found to not be such a good thing after all?  Did his removal from the Roman Rota have anything to do with the “reform” of the annulment process?  Is this all part of some Machiavellian plot, or is it now certain proof that every critic of Pope Francis has been horribly uncharitable and wrong, wrong, wrong?  Is this an answer to prayers, or could it be a response to increasing “conservative” concern/criticism of this pontificate?

I guess the main question is whether this act is truly significant or just part of the regular shuffling of curial cardinals?  Do you think it has some broader meaning?

I’m just glad to see Cardinal Burke “back,” as it were.  I pray his presence in a non-ceremonial office can exert substantial positive influence on his brother cardinals and the Vatican bureaucracy, at large.

UPDATE:  Grr.  First update lost.  A bit more information – or perhaps it is opinion – from the German site Katholisches via Eponymous Flower:

Congregation is not the same as Congregation. Each has its tasks, which have some weighty influence on the management of world church than others. The reassignment from one congregation to another, as in the case of Cardinal Burke, can therefore be seen as diesempowering, while maintaining integration.

I think that’s true.  Congregation for the Causes of the Saints is a sure step up from the Order of Malta but it is not an organization involved much in the day to day administration of the Church.  It’s important, to be sure, but not nearly so influential as the Apostolic Signatura (Burke’s former post), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Congregation for Divine Worship.  It’s nice to see, to be sure, but will keep Burke out of the main decision-making avenues of Church administration.  He’s still very much sidelined.

Could this be a case of keeping one’s enemies relatively close?

The man is back

The man is back

Miraculous story of Our Lady’s intercession September 29, 2015

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From the biography of Saint Rose of Lima by Sister Mary Alphonsus O.SS.R., a tale of men saved from desperate straits by their devotion to Our Lady (all images taken from New Liturgical Movement.  They show the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary/Convent of Santo Domingo in Lima) :

In November, 1605, a strange procession made its way from the city gate of Lima, Peru to the Calle de Santo Domingo, passing the home of Rose Flores and entering the Church of St. Dominic where our Saint so often prayed.  It was led by a tall man with a well nourished look.  He was clad in rough animal skins; his beard was long and his hair streamed behind him as he walked.  He carried a cross formed of two timber beams, coarse and unplaned.  Behind him walked his ten followers dressed in the same way, their skin blackened by exposure to the sun.  Unlike thier leader, they were emaciated and showed signs of great fatigue.  They had come on foot from Callao [the major port serving Lima, perhaps 20 miles away at that time] to thank Our Lady of the Rosary for their deliverance from a deserted island.

Who were these Robinson Crusoes and how did they find themselves stranded? They were passengers from a ship which had hit calm weather and, DSC_0355with provisions almost depleted, had been carried to an island. The eleven men had offered to go ashore to search for food and water.  Armed with a few weapons, they had braved the wild, only to find that the island contained nothing but jungle.  There were a few berries and fruit trees, but no other food.

The adventurers cut their way back to the shore to report their findings, only to see the ship disappearing in the distance.  The wind had shifted as soon as they went ashore and the captain had put out from the island.  There were abandoned.

For two years they eked out a painful existence on the island, living in constant danger of death. Besides the savage beasts, they had hunger and storm and sun as their tormentors.  They were devoured by insects, maddened by monotony and inaction.  Only one among them never lost hope.  This was the corpulent man with the streaming locks who now led their procession.  He was Martin Barravenido, a native of Fuente del Maestre in Extremadura [a hard land that trained many hard men, like Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro] .  A man of firm faith and practical wisdom, he had refused to give up his hold on life.  He was devoted to Mary and her Rosary; in this he put his trust.  If he continued to pray for deliverance, she would not fail him.

Little by little, he had restored the spirits of most of his companions.  On that deserted island they knelt each day and prayed before a crude wooden DSC_0361cross which Barravenido had made.  At last, one joyful day as they peered at the horizon, they saw the sails of a ship.  It sighted their signals and approached them rapidly.  In delirious jubilation they shouted and waved.  But one of them was on his knees, weeping his thanks to Our Lady.  It was the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, 1605.

At Barravenido’s urging the men had made a vow.  If Our Lady delivered them, they would make a pilgrimage of thanksgiving to her chapel of the Rosary in St. Dominic’s Church, Lima.  It was this vow that they now fulfilled as they plodded to Lima from Callao.  Exhausted as they were by two years of frightful malnutrition, they had wished to make this gesture of gratitude to Mary.

That their pilgrimage would draw all eyes upon them had been farthest from their minds.  But even at the seaport they saw that such was the case. DSC_0365 People had flocked from Lima to welcome them.  As they passed, people knelt and recited the Rosary with tears of devotion.  It was as good as a mission.  All Lima and Callao seemed to press them into St. Dominic’s; what had been meant as a private visit by eleven men had become a fiesta.  Thousands of rosaries were recited that day before the miraculous statue. Our Lady and the Infant Jesus showered graces on their clients; the confessionals were full and long lines of penitents waited to be absolved.

Rose, who had prepared the altar of Our Lady that morning with special love, felt an inexpressible joy as she joined the throng in prayer in the chapel which was her charge…….

On the following day Rose met Martin Barravenido when he came again to Our Lady’s chapel of the Rosary.  She was just finishing her sacristy work when Brother Martin de Porres [Can you imagine having not one, but two such Saints in a city at the same time?!? Lima had about 22,000 people at this time. But it was more than two.  The Archbishop of Lima of that time, Toribio de Mogrovejo, is also canonized. Such was the faith of many Spaniards during that heroic age.]  brought him to meet her.  With accents rich in emotion, the grateful man retold his story…….

“And now, what do you think I should do to repay my debts of thanks for this favor?” he asked Rose.

“I do not know,” she answered softly.  Then her eyes flashed. “A whole lifetime would not be enough!” she added with feeling.

DSC_0368“That is what I have been thinking,” he said.  “And Brother Martin is of the same opinion.  May I ask your prayers for my intention?”……..

………Rose said the promised prayers and practiced patience, but she did not have to wait long to learn their issue.  Only three weeks later the middle-aged Barravenido had taken his place among the lay brother novices at Holy Rosary.  It was a courageous act, one worthy of so generous a soul. Through the years of his postulancy and novitiate Rose saw him seldom, but as soon as he was professed he was made porter of the convent with Brother Martin.  It was a strange coincidence that threw them together in their work, for both were “fray Martin.”  He and Martin de Porres became fast friends.  His humble, simple piety won the admiration of Martin de Porres, who often related to Rose conversations which he had had with Barravenido.

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So there is no particular hook to end this story.  We don’t know the fate of the other 10 men. We can presume that Martin Barravenido died in the odor of sanctity if he was so highly regarded by Saint Martin de Porres.  The saving of those men from such desperate straits seems a clear miracle of Our Lady’s intercession to me. I think that is sufficient story in and of itself, as was the outpouring of Grace into the lives of the people of Lima who shared in that miraculous event.

I think the point is this: devotion to Our Lady, piety, striving for sanctity are always rewarded by God.  Not always so visibly as in this case,  but God gives us richly, sometimes in ways we don’t expect or even want.  I think this, also: the man who led the prayers that resulted in the rescue gave a proper thanksgiving in devoting his life even more to God and His Church than he had previously.  A reminder there for us to perhaps be even more thankful to God for all the myriad benefits and graces He bestows on us so constantly, and which we (if you are anything like me) so often fail to recognize.  It is easy to become so focused on the crisis in the Church and the (generally) small problems of our lives that we lose sight of the big picture of God’s great largess to us his fallen creatures.  Pious examples like this help remind me to always have great thanks in my heart to God for our Church, my conversion, my family, and so much else.

I pray you found the story edifying!

Prayer vigil outside Planned Barrenhood Saturday October 10 – UPDATED September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Admin, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

I was going to lead a Rosary rally on October 10 at some still undetermined location, but I’ve since learned that there will be a prayer vigil outside the Planned Barrenhood mill in south Dallas on the same day. Rather than compete with each other, I thought it would make sense to just pray outside the mill.  The prayer vigil/protest will take place on Saturday October 10 from 9a – 11a at the surgical abortuary on West Virginia drive (map).  This is part of a nationwide series of protests against Planned Murderhood on that date.

Since I’m sure the Rosary will be prayed at the protest, this accomplishes the Rosary rally’s goal.  I hope to see many of you out there, about 200 showed up at the last protest in August, but the weather should be cooler, so there is even more reason to go!

I plan to have more announcements as the date nears.  TFP sent me a very nice banner that will certainly tie in the upcoming anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima with this effort so dear to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  I think I might also start using it in the men’s vigils.  The next men’s vigil will be Wednesday October 8.

I pray I see you there.

UPDATE:  A local pro-life leader wanted me to share an important bit of information with you.  Planned Barrenhood, always seeking to maximize profits, has changed its mode of operation in the wake of HB2.  Since they are now required to operate their abortuaries along the same standards as other ambulatory surgery centers, meaning much higher standards of cleanliness, more staff, and much more expense, than existed in pre-HB2 mills in this state, they are only running their abortion mega-center in Dallas three days a week (and sometimes less).  They are using their non-surgical abortion locations in the DFW area to perform many tasks formerly performed at the mill itself – required counseling, “doctor” consultation, sonogram, etc – at these various other, non-abortion facilities.  The patients only go to the abortuary for their actual abortion, everything else has been done in advance.  This of course allows them to minimize costs at the abortion center while also insuring those who show up for their abortion have already gone through the whole process and are likely to follow through with the murder of their child.

What this means is that it would be very helpful for pro-lifers to step up their presence outside their other facilities in the DFW area. There are many, many of these locations, as this link shows.  There are 9 total Planned Murderhood non-abortion offices in the metroplex.  The abortuary is only open Thurs-Sat.  This also allows Planned Butcherhood to shuttle the declining number of abortionists around to their various abattoirs on different days of the week.

Mercy is the Perfection of Justice September 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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We hear so much about mercy these days, but is the proper sense of mercy being conveyed?  Mercy detached from justice is just false sentimentality.  It is not redolent of true Christian charity, but represents a false charity that is poisonous for souls in that in leaves them mired in error and sin.  This false mercy is in fact the inversion of true mercy, which is predicated on justice and, thus, conversion (or at least serious repentance).  That is why all these “openings” to the world that have been tried in the past several decades have failed to produce the result that is publicly claimed for them: the “bringing back” of fallen away, discomfited souls, or the winning of great numbers of converts to the Church.  They have failed because they are founded on a false premise and they are not in concert with the means of the working of Grace.

Bishop Sheen expands on the topic below, via the Catholic Gentleman:

As the world grows soft, it uses more and more the word mercy. This could be a praiseworthy characteristic if mercy were understood right. But too often by mercy is meant letting anyone who breaks the natural or the Divine law, or who betrays his country, simply get away with such acts with impunity. Such mercy is an emotion, not a virtue, when it justifies the killing by a son of his father because he is “too old.” To avoid any imputation of guilt, what is actually a murder is called euthanasia.  [or in the case of baby killing, abortion]

Forgotten in all such mercy pleas is the principle that mercy is the perfection of justice. Mercy does not come first, and then justice; but rather justice first, then mercy. The divorce of mercy and justice is sentimentality, as the divorce of justice from mercy is severity. Mercy is not love when it is divorced from justice. He who loves anything must resist that which would destroy the object of his love. The power to become righteously indignant is not an evidence of the want of mercy and love, but rather a proof of it. [YES!  Thank you!  And yet we are told today that those who are indignant over the state of the Church and the many errors promoted as truth are “divisive” or even “disobedient.”  There may come a time when even many of us, comfortable though we may be in our current situations, may have to choose between “obedience” and truth.  Are we prepared?]

There are some crimes the tolerance of which is equivalent to consent to their wrong. Those who ask for the release of murderers, traitors, and the like, on the grounds that we must be “merciful, as Jesus was merciful,” forget that that same Merciful Saviour also said that He came not to bring peace, but the sword.

As a mother proves that she loves her child by hating the physical disease which would ravage the child’s body, so Our Lord proves he loved Goodness by hating evil, which would ravage the souls of his creatures. For a doctor to be merciful to a typhoid germs or polio in a patient, or for a judge to be tolerant of rape, would be in a lower category of evil than for Our Lord to be indifferent to sin. A mind that is never stern or indignant is either without love, or else is dead to the distinction between right and wrong. [So rage on, you rad trads! oops. Left a little zinger in here. Took it out]

Love can be stern, forceful, or even fierce, as was the love of the Savior……..When a gentle hint to a woman at the well did no good, He went to the point ruthlessly and reminded her that she had five divorces.

When so-called righteous men would put Him out of the way, He tore the mask off their hypocrisy and called them a “brood of vipers.” When He heard of the shedding of the blood of the Galileans, it was with formidable harshness that He said: “You will all perish as they did, if you do not repent.” Equally stern was He to those would offend the little ones with an education that was progressive in evil: “If anyone hurts the conscience of one of these little ones that believes in me, he had better been drowned in the depths of the sea with a mill-stone tied around his neck.”

If mercy meant the forgiveness of all faults without retribution and without justice, it would end in a multiplication of wrongs. Mercy is for those who will not abuse it, and no man will abuse it who already started to make the wrong right, as justice demands. What some today call mercy is not mercy at all, but a feather-bed for those who fall from justice; and thus they multiply guilt and evil by supplying such mattresses.

Need I say anymore?  Sheen is on rock-solid moral ground here, and his catechesis is as excellent as it is thorough and to the point.

The notion of mercy being spread abroad from scandalous sources has been shredded.  What next?


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