………with more than a little help from the USCCB predecessor organization National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC).
In 1928, the Cristeros controlled most of Jalisco and significant parts of four other provinces. They more or less controlled 3 provinces. Under General Gorostieta, and in spite of US policy which armed Calles’ forces while blockading arms to the Cristeros, more and more victories were obtained. 1929 opened similarly well.
Morally, Archbishops Mora and Diaz continued to advocate that it was impossible to negotiate with leftist Masonic Church-haters who had broken every agreement they had made. But after the death of Mora in 1928, the NCWC and the Coolidge administration put strong pressure on his successor Archbishop Ruiz to make some kind of peace. The Mexican bishops were assured they would receive strong intervention from US ambassador Dwight Morrow and the US government generally.
However, as we shall see, treaties negotiated between Church leadership and hateful, persecuting governments are rarely worth the paper they are written on. There is much to consider below as the Church in this country seems fated to enter into a similar period of persecution.
From this point, I will take up from No God Next Door, pp. 137 – (my emphasis and comments):
Negotiations were opened by the Rev. John J. Burke, CSP, who, according to the “The Church in Mexico,” pamphlet of his NCWC, had no official warrant from the United States administration, but merely the informal statement of President Coolidge’s pleasure, could Mr. Morrow, also informally, arrange a conference between the Mexican government and the Catholic authorities.
Father Burke held conferences with Calles on April 4 and May 17 1928, when an agreement was reached, but this was not ratified until more than a year later, June 4, 1929, when it was signed……. [follows description of the “concessions” made by the Mexican government, which were essentially none. The only modification was to promise to only “register” priests approved by the hierarchy, a promise soon broken.]
On the strength of the good will implied in these concessions, if concessions they be, Archbishop Ruiz announced, as Apostolic Delegate, that “the Mexican clergy will resume religious services pursuant to the laws in force.” Churches were reopened, but “in accordance with the number of priests allowed by the different state governments.” There was further agreement that the bishops would call off the Cristero insurrection, and the government would grant complete amnesty to all the insurrectionists.
The settlement met with general distrust and gravely alarmed the League of Liberty Leaders and their most eminent supporters, lay and cleric…….
The outstanding leaders insisted that submission to the government registration of priests and limitation of their numbers m and to the exclusion of religious teachings from even their own schools, would put them in a worse position that before; and the suppression of the Cristero movement would leave Catholics defenseless against the absolute and unhindered power that this agreement was conferring on the persecutors. [And that is exactly what happened. Just as they were forcing Calles to consider making real concessions, they jumped at the first deal offered, which only regularized and institutionalized the unjust, persecutorial relationship between Church and state. Once the Cristeros were suppressed, the Catholics only bargaining chip would be gone, and there would be nothing to hinder the government. That is exactly what happened.]
No trust could be put in the alleged security for future betterment unless they themselves retained the physical power to enact it; for they were convinced that Mr. Morrow would stand with the Calles gang as he had consistently been doing, and there was no hope of United States support. The promised amnesty would be but a sentence of death for Cristero leaders, for the pledges of the Calles faction were worthless; and thus the Church they were defending, in leaving them helpless, would be doing for Calles what he and his armies had been unable to effect.
In opposing all treaties with faithless and unprincipled persecutors they were able to cite one of the negotiators in support. Bishop Diaz had made several such pronouncements in the United States, and in his final statement to the American people as executive secretary of the Mexican Hierarchy, April 7, 1927, he covers admirably the present situation……[Quote from Diaz’ statement follows]
….No settlement is possible between any right thinking people and an irresponsible tyranny. The government of Mexico is a ruthless bloodstained tyranny against which thousands of its people are in arms; and its Constitution, which was never submitted to the people, is an instrument fashioned by a selfish oligarchy the robbery…….of their own.” It can authorize theft or tyranny; hence there could be no settlement until that doctrine of persecution and thievery is repudiated……
…..”The Church led no armed rebellion; but it was good Catholic Doctrine as it was good American doctrine that forcible resistance to an unjust tyranny is the righteous duty of every citizen; and he was proud to say that his people in Mexico are true to the right and are justifying their faith by the blood of martyrs.”……[But the treaty was enacted nonetheless, due to concerns that the lack of regular religious life was a grave threat to the Faith of all Catholics in Mexico. They chose to be blinded by Calles’ false rhetoric rather than continue in the path of armed resistance. And what came of that?]
……..No peace resulted. Within a week President Portes Gil [a Calles puppet] declared at a Masonic banquet that he would see to it that the Constitution and laws were entirely and strictly enforced; and that as a Mason and as President he had yielded nothing. This was in fact true of the substance of the compact; but now he had publicly repudiated in word the good will he had expressed in signing it; and he and his fellows began at once to repudiate in deeds the amnesty he had definitely pledged.
Within a month five hundred surrendered Cristeros were shot, or murdered in their homes, their property seized, and their persecuted families left destitute; and altogether five thousand Cristeros and hundreds of priests shared the same fate. [This was written in early 1935. The number steadily increased for some years to come. The last Cristero is believed to have been murdered in retribution by the government in 1946] This, with the expulsion of the episcopate and clergy and sisterhoods, leaving but some two hundred registered priests for over fifteen million people, and the stamping of the Moscow brand of atheizing communism on every school and office in the land, are now blazoned to the world the cost of compromise with irresponsible tyranny; and, therewith the lesson, that no compact of liberty is possible unless tyranny should first be uprooted………
And so the Catholic Church in Mexico languished, with barely 300 priests – including 200 “registered priests – to service that population for fifteen million for a decade or more. Almost half the states of Mexico had no priest at all. Even after President Cardenas began to back off the pressure of the persecution, onerous restrictions remained for decades. Some of them survive to this day. The Church did recover after a fashion from this persecution, but never fully. It was a much weaker Church that was then rocked by the revolution which afflicted the entire Church Universal from the late 50s onwards. And now even though Catholicism remains the default, professed religion of about 80% of Mexicans, the large majority of these are weak, superstitious, and frequently given over to all manner of dangerous and destructive practices like “santa muerte.”
This whole episode is instructive for American Catholics. It gives a modern example of an episcopate willing, at the very least, to make disastrous decisions based on what many feel were misguided and exaggerated pastoral concerns. At worst, it shows a hierarchy willing to do anything to cut a deal and resume at least some of their accustomed perquisites. There is a good deal of evidence that it was the bishops who gained most from this “deal.” They were at least allowed to return to the episcopal palaces and resume their pre-persecution lifestyles, for the most part (or is that too harsh an assessment? Fr. Kenny was surprisingly critical of the hierarchy, especially given the time).
Possibly a for instance: the driving force behind the Calles deal that fatally undermined the Cristeros was Archbishop Ruiz. Upon signing the deal, he was elevated Archbishop of Mexico City and Primate of Mexico, or what was left of the Church in Mexico.
A final, brief PS to the excerpt above. In 1933 President Cardenas – the man who ultimately relaxed the persecution – declared the following before the Masonic Anti-Clerical Convention held in Guadalajara – the heart of Catholic Mexico to this day – in 1933: “God is a myth; religion is a fable; the clergy are bureaucrats of a theological farce, and on this basis they wold operate for the emancipation of human thought.”
TFP praying outside area mills 07/26-07/27/15 July 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Admin, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Tradition, Virtue.
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Just a quick notice and request, members of Tradition, Family, and Property are going to be praying outside area mills this Sunday and Monday. I’m not sure of their schedule. I think this is the group based more or less out of Tyler. Anyway they are coming to Dallas to pray outside mills and they are looking for a place to stay Sunday and Monday night. They will stay anywhere, sleep on the floor, etc., but they have one requirement: no teenage girls. Anything else is fine. I assume relative proximity to the two remaining mills would be a plus.
If you think you have an ability to help you can contact Joanne Underwood at the Dallas CPLC.
BTW, I know some readers have issues with TFP but I do think they’ve written one of the best responses to the diabolical Obergefell decision I’ve read. It brings out a number of important points, including the fact that even the very hostile dissenting views expressed by some justices are deficient in that they ignore the natural law:
Regrettably, Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent was weak and included concessions to the homosexual movement such as: “Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us….” “Although the policy arguments for extending marriage to same-sex couples may be compelling….” “The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition.”
More importantly, Roberts’ dissent shares by omission in the majority’s implied denial of the obligation of every man, and therefore of society, to do good and to avoid evil. There is no discussion much less condemnation of the unnaturalness and intrinsic immorality of the homosexual act, which lies at the root of every same-sex “marriage.”
With the attention of America riveted on the issue, Roberts’ dissent could have been used as an ideal “teaching moment” that a moral wrong can never become a civil right, steering America’s conservative reaction onto the high ground where it belongs……..
……Of the three other dissenting opinions only that of Justice Thomas comes close to mentioning our obligations under Natural Law, but only in a fleeting manner. He quotes John Locke and Thomas Rutherforth but does not develop this line of thought. While he expounds ably our constitutional political liberty and correctly denounces the majority’s misconception of the physical liberty alluded to in the Fourteenth Amendment, he does not denounce their erroneous view of man’s moral liberty.
Both majority and dissenting opinions talk about the impact of this decision on the free exercise of religion in America. The latter show evident concern that it stands threatened, and they should be worried. Just as the homosexual movement fought for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” so that homosexuality would be accepted as normal and homosexual acts would be considered equal to the marital act, it will now push to further erode and eventually extirpate the expression of Christian morality from society.
This decision increases the country’s growing polarization. If before this decision anti-discrimination laws around the country were already being used to elevate homosexuals to a privileged class, giving rise to many incidents of egregious and unjust persecution (e.g. bakers, florists, photographers, CEOs, teachers, etc.), what will the nation witness in the decision’s wake?
Well this is a most positive development. The Transalpine Redemptorists/Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer from Papa Stronsay, Scotland and Christchurch, NZ, have, under the sponsorship of Bishop Basil Meeking, DD, founded the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. This is an organization dedicated to providing solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. More:
The Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is an organization which has been formed by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its object is to provide a solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. It has been created in response to the need to train boys and men worthy of the duty of serving at the Traditional Rite of Holy Mass. A society called Knights of the Altar was begun under St John Bosco in 1858, and this name was used in the United States of America by a Fr Benz in 1939, who formed an Altar serving society. Our Society is largely based on the Knights of the Altar.
Medieval Knighthood, in the service of manor lords, calls forth such ideals as honour, loyalty, justice, chivalry, and respect for all. In the use of the term knight, the Altar Server is reminded of his duty to serve the Lord of lords with fidelity and honour, to treat others with respect and justice, and to live an upright personal life, defending always the rights of God and His Holy Church. In the names page and squire, the server is reminded again of the years of practice and study that went into the training of a knight and should consider with what devotion and perseverance he should attend to his own training in the service of the Altar. The chevalierwas a travelling knight, which should remind the server that he should be ever travelling toward his heavenly goal.
Purpose of the Society
(1) To form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus;
(2) To render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions;
(3) To enkindle in the hearts of the faithful whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives;
(4) Finally, to ensure the continued and efficient function of the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus as a society by attending meetings and giving of our service to the Church.
The young men inducted into this society made the following pledge:
“We, the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, pledge allegiance to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, to His representatives on earth, and to Mary, our Queen Immaculate, whom we will serve faithfully until we attain eternal triumph in heaven. We pledge ourselves to form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus; to render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions; to enkindle in the hearts of the faithful, whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives.”
Pics of the solemn event:
I’m not sure how this society is intended to grow. Perhaps contact the Transalpine Redemptorists to see how this society could be expanded to your locale, and what is involved. Note that they did have a bishop emeritus mark the formal entrance of some 14 young men into this society. It seems very formal, but I have little idea of the ceremony – or the commitment – involved. Is it much beyond regular service at the altar in a traditional parish?
Perhaps a Transalpine Redemptorist would be kind enough to provide some elucidation?
Irrespective, more like this.
Dom Prosper Gueranger spends a number of pages of his meditations on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in The Liturgical Year recounting the final chastisement and destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple, and the Old Covenant. Just as Jesus Christ our Lord had prophesied, Jerusalem was completely, utterly destroyed by Roman legions under Titus Flavius Vespasianus. This was after several previous chastisements, most notably the first destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile.
Why was Israel, God’s original chosen people, so chastised? The Bible – and Gueranger – tells us, it was due to constant sin and rejection of the True Faith God had given Israel. Eventually Israel’s crimes became so great that God completely terminated His covenant with them and instituted the New Covenant in Himself, the Second Person of the Trinity.
But as Gueranger warns us, the same fate can befall us, and even almost the entire human element of the Church, if we are similarly unfaithful. Entire nations have been condemned by God to destruction for rejecting His Law and the practice of perversion. A grim reminder for we of the Church – and her leaders – in this time:
…[N]ever forget that the same causes which brought about the destruction of the Jews would also lead you to ruin. They fell, because of their unbelief; you, who once had no faith and yet God showed mercy to you, are now what you are by faith. Be not, therefore, high-minded with self-complacency; but remember how God, who broke off the natural branches from the glorious tree, will not spare you, if you cease to be faithful; and whilst you do well to admire His mercy, you do not wisely if you forget His inexorable justice………..
……..But the assurance of salvation, granted to the bride of the Son of God, does not extend to her children, taken either individually or collectively – that is, men or nations. On each one of us it is incumbent that we meditate on the sad fate which befell Jerusalem; as also on what happened ages before, to the ancestors of the Jewish people, viz., that scarce one of those who were living when Moses led them out of Egypt lived to enter into the promised land.
Indeed, of 600,000 adult Jewish men who left Egypt in the Exodus, precisely TWO survived to enter the promised land. Now the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the promised land of Israel is a highly significant type of our earthly journey through the dangers and temptations of the world and our hoped for entry into Heaven. While Christ’s crucifixion, death, and Resurrection has greatly changed the calculus in our favor, it hasn’t entirely altered the validity of this type. Something to be kept in mind.
As is the testimony of so very many Saints and holy people, who attest from visions or even personal experience that even the vast majority of baptized Catholics go to hell. Completely contradicting Fr. Barron and other modernist “hopes,” the constant testimony of the Saints has been that many more are lost than are saved.
The unprecedented and terrifying situation faithful souls face today, of course, is that so much of the Church herself seems to be in the very predicament Dom Prosper warns about. Unprecedented in modern times, and having only a few possible similar instances throughout its 2000 year history, this crisis leaves many souls lost and confused over where to turn, what to believe. Fortunately we do have Tradition, the Magisterium of the past, to turn to. The Church can never become something she is not, she can never validly counter her own established Sacred Doctrine, so as long as we cling to that, we can be assured of remaining faithful – in spite of what men today may say. It should be remembered that when the Jews faltered, there were faithful remnants then, too, and they were likewise chastised as not being with the times, as being unreasonably obstinate, and refusing to go along with what the great mass of people wanted. A good number of prophets were put to death for their defense of the Faith as it was.
Men cannot change what God has revealed. Men cannot pretend to take flatly contradictory “pastoral approaches” to matters in ways that obliterate settled Dogma and remain faithful. No we cannot, and do not want to, become protestant and pick and choose for ourselves what to believe and what to reject. But that is not the point. The point is to cling to that which has been clearly revealed and defined in the long course of centuries.
And that’s the very difficult part in a hierarchical Church. In those rare and terrible times when the hierarchy itself seems to be turning on the Church, it is exceedingly difficult to remain a faithful Catholic. I pray for the strength to remain so.
Admin post – comments, ads, and thank you July 22, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, blogfoolery, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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On the ads some are seeing, this is also something I have little control over, though I do have a mechanism to file a complaint if the ads are indecent/inappropriate. So if you are seeing those (I never do), you can let me know that, as well. A little info about the ad would help ID and report it. Sorry if this is a problem, I’ve only had one complaint but it would be devastating if immoral ads were running on the site.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
On a happier note, I have been humbled by the great outpouring of generosity in response to my request for prayers during this pregnancy. You guys have blown me away with your generosity. I am compiling a list and will pray for all of you in turn. Thank you thank you thank you for your generosity. I cannot express my gratitude sufficiently, all I can say is that I am so blessed to have such awesome readers, and to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ which prompts such incredible outpourings.
I really must go on a church tour of Mexico! July 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, martyrdom, persecution, sanctity, Tradition.
Beautiful images from Puebla, Mexico. I sorely wish that I had been full of some zeal when I used to travel to Mexico a great deal! I spent far too much time in bars and restaurants back then. I missed out on a great deal. I’ve never been to Puebla, but in pretty much any major Mexican city one can still find incredible Church art and architecture. The American- Mason inspired leftist governments never managed to destroy all of it, though they have ruined a very great deal. I thought I knew quite a bit about the satanic influence Americans had over the various leftist Mexican governments that have existed, but I knew nothing until I read No God Next Door. It definitively proves the Masonic conspiracy that has so tortured Mexico for nearly two centuries. In some sense, the American role in the subjugation of the Church makes the subsequent “invasion” of the US southwest by largely Mexican immigrants a just recompense. Potentially another post right there.
For now, enjoy the beauty. Lord that we could have a Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe like this in our city! Beauty like this is such an amazing way to reach souls. Anyone know the story behind the illumination of the cathedral? Is it done with UV paint and black-lighting? Very striking!
That above is the sacristy! WOW! As a woodworker, the construction and finish on those cabinets is mouth-watering. Probably built entirely by hand, too, no power tools! Checking out the trim work and filigrees along would be worth the trip for me (yes I do more than carpentry I can also make furniture of fair quality).
Side altar, I think.
For some reason, that photo just says “Mexico” to me. So beautiful with a style all its own.
I can well see why the villains in the Carranza, Calles, Zapata, Obregon and their ilk were so filled with envy and greed by the Church’s glorious possessions, given by pious souls over centuries. If this is what remains, I can only imagine how blessed Mexico was 100 years ago.
Most of these are not generic prophecies, either, but very specific. This is the kind of thing that used to be taught to youth that gave them very solid grounds for faith in the reality that Jesus Christ is both God and man, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. I sure never learned many of these in Methodist or Episcopalian formation. I very much doubt many Catholics have learned these over the past several decades. From The Catechism Explained pp. 165-169 and condensed for you:
1. The Messias was to be born in Bethlehem – Michaes says “Thou Bethlehem Ephrata art a little one among the thousands of Juda, but out of thee shall come forth unto Me He Who is to be the Ruler in Israel; and His going forth is form the beginning unto the days of eternity (Mich v:2).
2. The Messias was to come at a time when the Temple was still standing – The prophet Aggeus comforted the Jews returning from the Babylonian captivity, then re-building the destroyed temple: “the Desired of all nations should come, and fill it with His glory” (Agg ii:8-10).
3. The Messias was to come when the Jews were no longer an independent kingdom – Jacob, in blessing his sons before his death, said to Juda: “The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, till He come that is to be sent, and to Him shall be the expectation of the nations” (Gen xlix:10)……..In the time of Herod a Redeemer was looked for all over Judea. Herod was alarmed at the inquiry of the Magi for the new-born King (Matt ii:3); the Jewish people thought that Saint John the Baptist was the Messias (Lk iii:15)…….Even among the heathen there was, at the time of Christ, an expectation of a deliverer, who would banish crime and restore peace to the world (Virg., Ecl. 9).
4. The prophet Daniel predicted the time of the Savior’s birth almost exactly
5. The Messias was to be born of a virgin of the House of David – As a sign God gave to King Achaz the following prophecy: “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel [God with us]” (Is vii:14). And of the tribe of which the Messias is to be born the prophet Jeremias says, “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise up to David a just branch, and a king shall reign and shall be wise, and shall execute judgement and justice on the earth (Jer xxiii:5).
6. The Messias was to be preceded by a precursor or forerunner, who was to preach in the desert, and to live an angelic life – Isaias says of this forerunner, that he was to be “the voice of one crying in the desert; Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths” (Is xl:3). And God says through the mouth of Malachias: “Behold, I send My angel, and he shall prepare My way before My face. And presently the Lord, Whom you seek, shall come to His Temple (Mal iii:1). This precursor was John the Baptist.
7. With the Messias a new star was to appear – The prophet Balaam announced to the King of Moab, when the Israelites were approaching: “I shall see Him, but not now; I shall behold Him, but not near; a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise up from Israel” (Numb xxiv:17).
8. The Messias was to be adored by kings from distant lands, and they were to bring Him gifts (Ps lxxi:10).
9. At the time of the birth of the Messias many children were to be put to death – We read in the prophet Jeremias, “A voice was heard on high, of lamentation and mourning and weeping; of Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they are not” (Jer xxxi:15). Rachel died in Bethlehem and was buried there (Gen xxv:19).
10. The Messias was to fly to Egypt, and to return again from thence (Osee xi:11).
11. The Messias was to be the Son of God (Ps ii:7) – Through the prophet Nathan God promises David the Redeemer and says: “He will call Me Father, and I will call Him Son” (II Kings vii:14).
12. He shall be at the same time both God and man – Isaias says: “A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God, the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace” (Is ix:6).
13. He was to be a great worker of miracles – “God Himself will come and save you. then shall the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as the hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be loosened” (Is xxxv:5-7).
14. He was to be a priest like to Melchisedech (Ps cix:4)
15. He was to be a prophet and teacher of the people – To Moses God had said, “I will raise up unto them a prophet, out of the midst of thy brethren, like to thee” (Deut xviii:13). As prophet the Messias was to teach and to prophecy. He was also to be the teacher of the nations (Is xlix 1-6).
16. He was to be King of a new kingdom (Jer xxiii:5) which was never to be destroyed, and was to embrace all other kingdoms (Dan ii:44). Before Pilate Christ proclaimed Himself a king, and said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” i.e., His Kingdom was to be a spiritual one (Jn xviii:36).
17. The Messias was to enter into Jerusalem riding on an ass (Zach ix:9).
18. He was to be sold for thirty pieces of silver. “And I took thirty pieces of silver, and I cast them into the house of the Lord” (Zach xi:12-13). Judas threw down the money in the Temple (Matt xxvii:5-7).
19. He was to be betrayed by one who ate at the same table with Him (ps xl:10).
20. His disciples were to forsake Him at the time of His Passion (Zach xiii:7).
21. He was to be mocked (Ps xxi:7), beaten, spit upon (Is l:6), scourged (Ps lxxii:14), crowned with thorns (Cant iii:11)(, and given gall and vinegar to drink (Ps lxviii:22).
22. For His garments lots were to be cast (Ps xxi:19).
23. His hands and feet were to be pierced with nails (Ps xxi:17).
24. He was to die between two evil-doers (Is liii:9).
25. He was to be patient as a lamb in His sufferings (Is liii:7), and was to pray for His enemies (Is liii:12).
26. He was to die willingly and for our sins (Is liii:4-7).
27. He was to make His grave with the rich (Is liii:9), and it was to be glorious (Is xi:10).
28. His body was not to undergo corruption (Ps xv:10) – and the Church has always taken lack of corruption of the mortal remains a very strong sign of heroic sanctity in process of canonization
29. He was to return to Heaven (Ps lxvii:34) and was to sit on the right hand of God (Ps cix:1).
30. His Doctrine was to spread from Jerusalem and from Mount Sion over the whole world (Joel ii:28, Is ii:3). The hall of the Last Supper, where the apostles received the Holy Ghost, was situated on Mount Sion.
31. The Heathen nations of the whole earth were to be received into His kingdom, and to adore Him (Ps xxi:28-9).
32. The Jewish people, who had put the Messias to death, were to be severely punished, and scattered over the face of the earth (Deut xxviii:64). The city of Jerusalem was destroyed as well as the Temple; the Jewish sacrifices and the Jewish priesthood were to cease, and the Temple was never to be rebuilt, until the last days (Dan ix:26-7, Osee iii:4).
33. In every place throughout the world, a “clean oblation” (holy Mass) was to be offered to Him (Mal i:11).
34. He will one day judge all men (Ps cix:6). Before the Day of Judgment Elias will be again sent on the earth (Mal iv:5).
Actually, some of the above cover more than one prophecy in each item. The real number is probably closer to 40, and that is probably far from all a strong biblical exegete could come up with.
Note also the repudiation of the Jews and their former covenant implicit in the above. That’s a serious argument against must modern interreligious dialogue, but even more, the alterations made even to the Missal of 1962 by recent Popes. It is a travesty, in my mind, to alter the Liturgy given us as the product of divine inspiration and the toil of too many Saints to count for such worldly ends. It also codifies something of a falsehood in the Mass itself, that the Jews are not rejected by God until their conversion near the end of the world, and that their old covenant could somehow still be operative. Even Pope Benedict fell into that ecumenical trap.
I pray you find the above useful! Something to keep in your back pocket.
Men’s Prayer Vigil report plus answers to FAQs July 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, manhood, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
I continue to be blown away by the response of men to this prayer vigil effort outside sexually oriented businesses (SOBs) in Dallas. We had a very good turnout Friday night. And, even more inspiring, there were a lot of first timers. Several of the regulars in this effort were unable to make a Friday night, but an equal number of new faces showed up. So, we had another good crowd that certainly attracted attention.
I mentioned after the last prayer vigil that we had been accosted by a manager of the SOB ‘The Men’s Club.’ This time we were approached by a number of “dancers.” The approaches were not nearly so hostile as that of the manager. They were more questioning with a bit of mocking perhaps. Again we had one member of our group tend to deal with them while the rest prayed.
Friday night, to me, had a different feel. We didn’t stay that late, about 10:30, but it felt different than Wednesdays have. A bit more hard edged.
I will say that every time out I/we learn something new. Late Friday night we had a Suburban pull up and the driver asked us what we were doing. We told him, and he said he runs a safe house for women who want to leave this lifestyle. I got the firm impression from him that some of these women do feel trapped, or even more, are coerced into performing in this manner. For everyone’s benefit, I took photos of his card so we can all have details of this alternative for these women:
The sad part about this guy is that he’s a cradle Catholic who has left the Church. He grew up going to Saint Thomas Aquinas including attending Catholic schools (which probably explains a great deal as to why he’s now a former Catholic). Yet another soul lost to the Church, in this case, one that is visibly on fire and doing very good works. We didn’t get to speak with him as to why he left but if he is like so many other souls, it’s because he was spiritually starved. He seemed kind of shocked that there would actually be Catholic men similar to himself – that’s another commentary on the crisis in the Church.
He told us there are fenced in areas behind the clubs with barbed wire around the top. This is where the women can go “smoke.” This group throws little convenience kits with their contact info over the top of the fence and then drives off. Good for them, that’s pretty bold.
Switching topics, I have become aware that some men interested in taking part in this effort have not done so because they are afraid of being scandalized or even forced into an occasion of sin. I guess some people have wondered whether there are naked dancers running around outside trying to tempt us with the siren song of bacchanalian lust.
That is not the case at all. All the dancers we have seen have been in street clothes. It may not be the most modest dress in the world, but it is generally just comfortable jeans and tees and things like that. Even Dallas in this year of our Lord 2015 does still have laws regarding public nudity and similar that are enforced. And recall we are across Northwest Highway from the place, very visible but 30 yards from their property. There has been nothing scandalous that I’ve seen from any of the dancers.
The only bad behavior we’ve seen was from that manager two weeks ago, who used a storm of profanity and coarse language in attacking us and the Church. I think I effectively blunted his attacks and made good responses but I certainly got to hear a week’s worth of “grown up words.” I would imagine a replay is very likely in future. I didn’t feel scandalized by this, but maybe some would.
The other thing we experience is general gawking, picture taking (literally), occasional hassling by homeless……..that’s been about it. Really, it’s been pretty low-key. We’re across a major road from the place, so we haven’t gotten any threats or felt unsafe in any way.
I will say this: I was really surprised how few men were at the SOB Friday night. I figured Wednesday nights would be slow but I don’t think there were many more there on Friday night. It was far from packed. I guess leaving at 10:30 may still have been considered “early,” but I kind of doubt it. Usually by 10:30 a pretty good crowd should be filtering in. We saw a lot of U-turns right in front of us, whether that was men who planned on going there seeing us and changing their minds, I don’t know. I like to think we are having an influence on the lack of crowd.
One last thing. I understand two young men could not join us Friday night. As an alternative, they went and prayed, kneeling, directly outside a “gay bar” here in Dallas. Apparently, they received a much hotter reception than we ever have. I don’t think they were physically attacked, but they had a lot of perverse men yelling at them, shouting terrible things, etc. Eventually management threatened to call the cops.
I’ve considered doing similar, but I don’t think we’ve reached that time, yet. My thought with that kind of intervention is to go heavy or don’t go at all. I’d prefer only to make such a prayer intervention with a group of 20-30 minimum. A strong presence tends to impress and cow others. But more importantly, I think we still have much more to do in opposing these burlesque joints. Our impact continues to grow, we’re clearly being seen and noticed, we’re starting to coordinate with other groups…..in short, we’re still building towards whatever God wills for us. It’s not time, yet, to switch the focus of efforts even to this other matter that is probably an even greater evil in our city and culture at large.
Having said that, I know the two young men who had the faith and bravery to pray outside such a hostile, evil place. They have my utmost admiration and my prayers. God bless you C and J! You guys be careful, and I pray you can make it to one of my little efforts soon!
Next prayer vigil is planned for Wednesday August 5 at 8 pm. We will alternate Wednesday and Friday nights every two weeks.
Thanks again to all the men who turned out. You guys continue to inspire me.
Start Novena to St. Anne Friday July 17! July 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
If you feel so called. Thanks to MJD:
Glorious Saint Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection (here pause and pray for your intention or intentions-all that are close to your heart)
Vouchsafe to recommend to your Daughter, The Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, that with you and Mary and all the Saints, I may praise and bless Him for all eternity. AMEN
You are duly reminded.
A little exhortation that I think will lift your soul July 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Liturgical Year, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Lord knows, pious souls are facing some dark times. But they are hardly the first trying times Christians have faced. No, there have been many periods even darker than ours is – at present. That may change, the storm clouds look frighteningly ominous, but the storm has not yet broken in all its fury. We are only experiencing some of the first winds and scattered large drops of the tempest to come. Nevertheless, given the chaos ranging in the Church, even these still mild events are profoundly unsettling to souls who have few places to turn for reassurance.
One thing I have found, is that the past is a wonderful place for finding that spiritual support we crave and need. Yes, one has to be selective, there have always been errors and heresies promoted in the Church, but in the past, at least, nothing can change that we do not allow to change (historical revisionism). We can turn to past Saints and holy men and women for the guidance so vital to maintaining a strong spiritual life amidst so many threats and errors. One of my favorites in that regard is Dom Prosper Gueranger, who today reminds us (me!) that God’s infinite goodness and all His promises to His faithful remain. As Saint Paul says, no one, not any power, not even evil principalities, thrones, and dominions can take God’s love from us. All will occur in our lives according to His Will and for our ultimate good. That promise, however, is predicated on our remaining faithful. For those who are not faithful, for those who fall to the wiles of the world, the flesh, and the devil….well, Our Lord assures us they will come to a very bad end. We must thus pray for those who manifestly act counter to the Truth our blessed Lord has revealed to us, that they may meet this end.
From the meditation on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, The Liturgical Year Vol. 11, pp. 198-200:
Has God forgotten His promises of infinite goodness? No: but let us think upon the terrible and just warning, which He added to the promise He made to Solomon, when he had finished building the temple: “but if ye and your children, revolting, shall turn away from following Me, and will not keep My commandments and My ceremonies which I have set before you, I will take away Israel from the face of the land, which I have given them; and the temple which I hae sanctified to My name, I will cast out of My sight; and Israel shall be a proverb, and a by-word among all people. And this house shall be made an example of; everyone that shall pass by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss, and say: “Why hath the Lord done thus to this land, and to this house?” (III Kings ix:6-8).
O Christian soul! Thou that, by the Grace of God, art become a temple (I Cor iii:16-17) more magnificent, more beloved in His eyes than that of Jerusalem, take a lesson from these divine chastisements; and reflect on the words of the Most High, s recorded by Ezechiel: “The justice of the just shall not deliver him, in what day soever he shall sin……..Yeah, if I shall say to the just, that he shall surely live, and he, trusting in his justice, commit iniquity – all his justices shall be forgotten, and, in his iniquity, which he hath committed, in the same shall he die” (Ezech:xxxiii:12-13)…….
[Changing subjects a bit]…….Not only are we incapable, of ourselves, of doing any good work, but, without the help of Grace, we cannot even have a thought of a supernatural good. Now, the surest means for obtaining the help that is so needed by us is to acknowledge humbly before God that we depend entirely upon Him…….such as in the Collect for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost:
Grant us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the spirit of always thinking what is right; and grant us mercifully the spirit of doing it: that we, who cannot subsist without thee, may live according to Thee.
I come away from every reading of Gueranger edified. He may not have been a theologian but he sure knew a heckuva lot. I would wager he could absolutely trounce the vast majority of STL theologians today. Solid Catholics have always been able to trounce gnostics, of course.
While looking around, I found this awesome pic:
Lord, what we could do with 500 priests like Don Camillo!