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More Catholic greatness from Quito March 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I posted several days ago about a site containing numerous photos of a recent pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador and Our Lady of Good Success.  Photos are still being updated, as you see below.  It is so edifying to see the depth of faith and willing sacrifice endured by Catholics – a few rich, but most not even close – to build such gorgeous sacred “spaces.”  Contrast to today, when we are so wealthy, and congregations so large, a really outstanding church could be built were the will only there.  But not only is there little will to build a timeless testament to our glorious Faith (expedients in other directions being preferred), even when funding is more than adequate, modern theological preconceptions and artistic preferences tend to result in a church that is more utilitarian than uplifting, more expedient than reverent.  There are rare exceptions, of course.

But enough speechifying, just enjoy the beautiful churches and art.  I did not take the time in this case to figure out which church was which, or which convent or whatever.  If you want to know more, go check out the pilgrimage site.









Gueranger – Travail of Jews since rejection of Christ prophesied in Daniel March 3, 2015

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Some very interesting Scriptural exegesis below from Dom Prosper Gueranger.  Yesterday, in the Traditional Mass, the Epistle for the Monday of the Second Week of Lent was from Daniel IX, as below.  The exegesis below applies to the Jews, certainly, but also to the Church, in Her perfection of Judaism.  The  quote from Daniel is a lamentation after sin, a begging of forgiveness for unfaithfulness:

In those days, Daniel prayed to the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, who hast brought forth thy people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and hast made thee a name as at this day: we have sinned, we have committed iniquity, O Lord, against all thy justice. Let thy wrath and thy indignation be turned away, I beseech thee, from thy city Jerusalem, and from thy holy mountain.  For, by reason of our sins, and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are a reproach to all that are round about us.  Now, therefore, O God, hear thy supplication of thy servant, and his prayers: and show thy face up on thy sanctuary which is desolate, for thy own sake. Incline, O my God, thy ear and hear; open thine eyes and see our desolation, and the city upon which thy name is called: for it is not for our justifications that we present our prayers before thy face, but for the multitude of thy tender mercies.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, be appeased; hearken, and do; delay not for thy own sake, O my God; because thy name is invocated upon thy city, and upon thy people, O Lord our God. 

Now Dom Prosper places the above in a Catholic context:

Such was the prayer and lamentation of Daniel, during the captivity in Babylon. His prayer was heard; and, after seventy years of exile, the Jews returned to their country, rebuilt the temple, and were once more received by the Lord as His chosen people. But what are the Israelites now?  What has been their history for the last 1800 2000 years?  The words of Daniel’s lamentation but faintly represent the sad reality of their present long chastisement. God’s anger lies heavily upon Jerusalem; the very ruins of the temple have perished; the children of Israel are dispersed over the whole earth, a reproach to all nations.  A curse hangs over this people; like Cain, it is a wanderer and a fugitive; and God watches over it, that it become not extinct.  

The rationalist is at a loss how to explain this problem; whereas the Christian sees in it the punishment of the greatest of crimes. But what is the explanation of this phenomenon?  The light shone in darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it!  If the darkness had received the light, it would not be darkness now; but it was not so; Israel, therefore, deserved to be abandoned. Several of its children did, indeed, acknowledged the Messias, and they became children of the light; nay, it is through them that the light was made known to the whole world. When will the rest of Israel open its eyes?  When will this people address to God the prayer of Daniel?  They have it; they frequently read it; and yet, if finds no response in their proud hearts. Let us, the Gentiles, pray for the Jews – the younger for the elder.  Every year there are some who are converted, and seek admission into the new Israel of the Church of Christ. Right welcome are they!  May God in his mercy, add to their number; that thus all men may adore the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, together with Jesus Christ, His Son, whom He sent into this world.

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While the above stands as an interesting if quite contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy form of exegesis (it was not contrary at all when written, nor for quite some time after that), I think it is also very relevant to the Church today. “The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it!”  Does anything better describe our world today?  But what is far more troubling, is that the searing billion candle-watt beacon of the past that was the Church has been dimmed down to a wimpy 40W bulb.  It is so much harder for souls to find the light, as the light itself, in its human element, has been greatly dimmed.  We have, for some reason, put bushel baskets over our candlesticks, and they no longer cast light for all to see.

And, I think we can glean from the above how God may respond if the Church continues to hide the Light she has been divinely commissioned to hold aloft to the world.  No, there will never be a “replacement” for the Church, there will be no “new new covenant,” but we can read in The Apocalypse and some of the Old Testament prophets what happens when the Church shirks her duty towards the end of the world.  Are we in that time?  It is really difficult to tell, Our Lord did tell us to watch for signs and wonders, but He also said we would know not the day nor the hour.  Not that it really matters – we will all be called to our own judgment in God’s good time, regardless.

Irrespective, as I said, it is interesting to contrast the very traditional view of the Jews presented by Gueranger above, and modern approaches to Judaism these past several decades. They are almost night and day in their differences. And, of course, we have seen even more outreach to Jews and statements of fraternity, equality, and liberty of late.  Certainly, another quite substantive break with the past.

But we’ve had plenty of those. So what’s one more piled on all the others?

A handy resource on the TLM that raises provocative questions regarding the Novus Ordo March 3, 2015

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A reader sent me a link to a very handy site that lists many of the reasons to support the Traditional Latin Mass. I would say it goes even farther than that, arguing for a return exclusively to the TLM, but having been on the receiving end of liturgical bans and persecution, I think the Church should have done with top-down impositions and abrogations of Rites of the Mass at least for the foreseeable future.  That doesn’t mean I don’t have grave concerns over the Novus Ordo. I do. We don’t assist at anything but the TLM and arrange our vacation schedules to insure that will remain the case!  But I recognize most souls bearing the name Catholic are far from being ready to accept the TLM and some sudden command from on high to restore the Traditional Mass as the only acceptable form of the Roman Rite – as unlikely as that is today –  would cause mass resentment, confusion, and chaos, of which I would hope traditional Catholics have had quite enough, already.

Having said that, there are many arguments to be made in favor of the TLM.  Some of those are positive – look how reverent the TLM is – and others are negative.  Those are ones that say “look at all these problems with the Novus Ordo, look at how it undermines faith in the Blessed Sacrament, etc.”  And that’s what the link above focuses on.

I’ll pull out a few quotes from the link and add some comments of my own below.  Just a warning, some of the below is pretty strong stuff, but I don’t think that should exclude it from consideration.  YMMV:

Vatican I in 1870 defined the Pope to be, not an absolute monarch, but the guarantor of obedience to the revealed word. The legitimacy of his power was bound up above all with his transmitting the Faith. This fidelity to the deposit of the Faith and to its transmission concerns in a quite special way the liturgy. No authority can ‘fabricate’ a liturgy.  [This point has been argued quite extensively by Michael Davies, Dr. Peter Kwazneiski, Fr. Anthony Cekada, and others.  But there are nuances to the argument. Certainly, Popes have directed changes to the Mass in the past.  But never was a new Rite created out of whole cloth until the Novus Ordo]  The Pope himself is only the humble servant of its homogenous development, its integrity, and the permanence of its identity.” The Pope, as the guardian of the Deposit of Faith, has a duty to preserve the liturgy intact and pass it on essentially unmodified to the next generation. The very authors of Vatican II, on the other hand, openly acknowledged their desire not to pass on Tradition, but to make it[As expressed by the will of the majority at VII, that’s about correct.  Until VII, the idea of the Magisterium had been to protect, uphold, propagate, and extol the Faith as they had received it.  But in the latter half of the 20th century, a radical new view became dominant, which was that the Faith as it had always been understood and practiced was badly deficient, somehow unsuited to “new times,” and that it had to change for the good of souls. I would argue that the disastrous crisis afflicting the Church since the introduction of those new ideas has conclusively demonstrated that this assumption was severely erroneous, and, far from ushering in a new springtime of growth, has led to an unprecedented to decay, destruction, and death.]

St. Vincent of Lerins in the 5th century gave as a standard for the orthodoxy of doctrine that which has been believed everywhere (ubique), always (semper), and by all (omnia). But, as Cardinal Ratzinger points out, the Council Fathers of Vatican II rejected this hallowed definition: “Vatican II’s refusal of the proposal to adopt the text of Lerins, familiar to, and, as it were, sanctified by two Church Councils, shows once more how Trent and Vatican I were left behind, how their texts were continually reinterpreted… Vatican II had a new idea of how historical identity and continuity were to be brought about.” This new idea was nothing other than to create a pseudo-tradition from the “common consciousness” of the Council Fathers……[I had not seen that quote from Pope Benedict before.  I’m quite certain he made it well before he was pontiff.  However, I have seen similar quotes.  Which point only goes to underscore that when we speak of Church leaders today (and for the past half century or more), we have to speak in terms of relatively orthodoxy, relative adherence to Tradition, etc., because it is very difficult to find any that have not made statements somewhat akin to the above.  I do not know how these men came to reconcile in their minds their sometime orthodoxy with radical views such as the above.  To me, there was a crisis of faith, more than anything else, which has kind of been my theme for the day. Men in the Church, even in the highest echelons of authority, simply lost faith that what had been handed onto them was good enough, would “work” for the world today.  There have certainly been out and out radicals, bad men acting under bad influences, who have probably acted out this revolution in an effort to reduce the Church from what She must be into something more worldly and utterly disordered from Her true purpose.  But I cannot see Pope Benedict in that light, I think he, and many others, honestly thought they were doing what was right.  Benedict visibly recoiled from his more radical younger views as he saw the destruction they wrought. But even still, the attachment to the idea that some radical change was necessary and vital remained.  I have a friend, very much traditional, who feels strongly that VII was absolutely needed because the pre-conciliar Church was cold, legalistic, and bereft of love (almost Jansenist), but that the changes went way too far.  I am much less inclined to see that, because the pre-conciliar Church was too vibrant, had too many priestly and religious vocations, and made too many converts, to be as described.]

The Church has always set forth the firm and clear principle that: “The way we worship is the way we believe.”  The doctrinal truths of the Faith are embodied in the worship we offer to God. In other words, it is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that teaches us our theology and not the reverse. [That’s right! And not the reverse!  Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. But since VII in particular, the argument has been made that we must shape and twist the Liturgy to bend to our beliefs, and not the other way around.  That is to say, a mechanistic and manipulative understanding of the Liturgy has become dominant, where the Liturgy is not a work primarily of God given to men to use and adore, but an entirely human construct, a work of human hands we can tinker with and manipulate according to the vagaries of the times]  The Mass comprises the Apostolic Tradition of faith and morals in its very essence. Every doctrine essential to the Faith is taught therein. Pope Leo XIII points out in Apostolicae Curae that the Church’s enemies have always understood this principle as “They knew only too well the intimate bond that unites faith with worship, the law of belief with the law of prayer, and so, under the pretext of restoring the order of the liturgy to its primitive form, they corrupted it in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators.” It is no wonder, then, that Luther coined the slogan: “Take away the Mass, destroy the Church.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori (Bishop, Doctor of the Church and Patron of Theologians) explains that “The devil has always attempted, by means of the heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of the Anti-Christ, who, before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrament of the altar, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel: ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice’ (Dan. 8:12).” [Scary.  I do so trust and love St. Alphonsus.]

The question then becomes: Does the New Mass teach the Catholic Faith? No, say both Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci: “It is clear that the Novus Ordo no longer intends to present the Faith as taught by the Council of Trent.”  [And another dozen or so cardinals would have signed onto the “Ottaviani Intervention” as well, had it not been prematurely leaked to the press.  So, then, at least a sizable number of the most orthodox prelates saw in the Novus Ordo a marked departure from a Liturgy that taught the Faith as it had been practiced for 16-1900 years.] Pope St. Leo the Great (Father and Doctor of the Church) instructs us: “Teach nothing new, but implant in the hearts of everyone those things which the fathers of venerable memory taught with a uniform preaching … Whence, we preach nothing except what we have received from our forefathers. In all things, therefore, both in the rule of faith in the observance of discipline, let the pattern of antiquity be observed.” How well founded, then, were the concerns expressed by Pope Pius XII shortly before the introduction of the New Mass: “I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy at Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide that would be represented by the alteration of the Faith in Her liturgy.

———-End Quote———–

Well.  Strong stuff, I know.  But simply because it says things some may find discomfiting, it should not be dismissed.  There are numerous other statements from Church Fathers and great Saints regarding the unchangeable nature of the Faith and the key repository of it, the Mass.  Yes, there have been periodic adjustments to the Mass in terms of organic growth and also some prunings from time to time by Popes in order to establish a more consistently universal Rite (for the Western Church), but, again, never has there been an entirely new rite, with new prayers, a new calendar of Saints, radically altered Scripture readings, and – this is key – changes to the sacred Canon of the Mass.  Never, until 1969, that is.

Speaking of guns…….how about this saintly testimony to open carry!!! March 2, 2015

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Oh this is just too providential, and thank you Codgitator for posting this!  In light of the previous post regarding Bishop Farrell’s seeming dislike for a download (9)well armed citizenry, this is just greatness.

Ever heard of St. Gabriel Possenti?  No.  Well, he’s the patron saint of handgunners.  And a more effective witness to the efficacy of firearms in pursuit of safety, civility, virtue, and the interests of the Church I can scarcely imagine.  His tale:

In 1860, a band of soldiers from the army of Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants. [Most American Catholics are utterly unaware of how Italy was “unified” – by main force, rapine, brutality, and a vicious hatred for the Church.  It was very akin to the French Revolution, only acted out slowly as the revolutionary forces advanced over a period of two-plus decades.]

Possenti, with his seminary rector’s permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.

Possenti quickly grabbed the soldier’s revolver from his belt and ordered the marauder to release the woman. The startled soldier complied, as Possenti grabbed the revolver of another soldier who came by. Hearing the commotion, the rest of the soldiers came running in Possenti’s direction, determined to overcome the rebellious monk.

At that moment a small lizard ran across the road between Possenti and the soldiers. When the lizard briefly paused, Possenti took careful aim and struck the lizard with one shot. Turning his two handguns on the approaching soldiers, Possenti commanded them to drop their weapons. Having seen his handiwork with a pistol, the soldiers complied. Possenti ordered them to put out the fires they had set, and upon finishing, marched the whole lot out of town, ordering them never to return. The grateful townspeople escorted Possenti in triumphant procession back to the seminary, thereafter referring to him as “the Savior of Isola”.

I guess this is one case where the “intimidation” of open carry worked to the Church’s – and soul’s – advantage?

This actually makes a good point – would we not all feel a lot more comfortable with things like open carry if our culture was much more visibly, practically Catholic?


Looks like a real killer, don’t he?

Much more on Saint Gabriel Possenti, or Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows as he is more well known.

God’s Mercy is most evident in His Justice February 26, 2015

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The Gospel for the First Monday of Lent in the Traditional Latin Mass is from Saint Matthew XXV:31-46, which is the parable of the sheep and the goats at the Last Judgment.  This parable in St. Matthew’s Gospel followed that of the servants given talents to dispose of while their master was on a journey.  Both parables make very clear that we shall be judged according to our use of the gifts God gives us and, fundamentally, on our love for each other.

Dom Prosper Gueranger has a brief exegesis on this Gospel and its relevance to Lent, wherein he touches on the subject that Our Lord, in the very act of exercising His Justice, is also exercising His Mercy, even if that true mercy is not the sentimentality and worldliness the worldlings would expect:

Our Lord there put forth every argument which love could devise, to persuade His lost sheep to return to Him; and here, on the very same day that the Church speaks to us of our God as being a gentle and compassionate Shepherd, she describes Him as an inflexible Judge. This loving Jesus, this charitable Physician of our souls, is seated on His dread tribunal, and cries out in His anger: Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire! (Matt XXV:41).  And where has the Church found this awful description? In the Gospel, that is, in the very Law of love. But if we read our passage attentively, we shall find that He who pronounces this terrible anathema is the same God, whom the prophet has been just portraying as a Shepherd full of mercy, patience, and zeal for His sheep.  Observe how He is still a Shepherd, even on His judgment seat: He separates the sheep from the goats; He sets the sheep on His right hand, and the goats on His left; the comparison of a flock is still kept up.  The Son of God will exercise His office of Shepherd even to the last day: only then, time will be at an end, and eternity will have begun; the reign of justice, too, will have succeeded the reign of mercy, for it is justice that will reward the good with the promised recompense, and that will punish impenitent sinners with eternal torments.  How can the Christian, who believes that we are all to stand before this tribunal, refuse the invitation of the Church, who now presses him to make satisfaction for his sins?  How can he hesitate to go through those easy penances, with which the Divine Mercy now deigns to be satisfied?  Truly, man is his own worst enemy, if he can disregard these words of Jesus, who now is his Savior, and then will be his Judge: “Unless ye do penance, ye shall all perish” (St. Luke XIII:3).

———-End Quote———

I found this to be the key bit: “The Son of God will exercise His office of Shepherd even to the last day……..the reign of justice, too, will have succeeded the reign of mercy, for it is justice that will reward the good with the promised recompense, and that will punish impenitent sinners with eternal torments.”

It is key, because it reveals that mercy can only be extended to the unrepentant by being unjust to the repentant.  That is to say, by extending blanket “mercy” (of a very worldly form) to those continuing unrepentant in grave sin, a grave injustice is being done to those have endured the great pain and difficulty of either eschewing, or repenting and, through Grace, overcoming, those sins.

Let alone the injury caused to God by just one sin, let alone heaping sacrilege upon sacrilege, sin upon sin, by admitting unrepentant souls guilty of grave, public sin to the Blessed Sacrament, this blind pursuit of pseudo-mercy (it won’t seem so merciful, I fear, at their judgment) is manifestly unjust to those who have always striven to observe the moral Doctrine of the Faith.

The parable of the prodigal son has been tossed around quite a bit lately, but almost every reference I have seen to it misses one incredibly key aspect, the aspect that defines the entire parable: the prodigal son was repentant!  Yes, he had sinned, but he repented, and was committed to sin no more.  So of course he received the Father’s mercy……but only AFTER he had repented, not before.  He did not say………”Father, I’ve blown my inheritance, after I declared you dead to me…….can’t I declare you double-dead and receive another chunk of inheritance, so I can fritter it away again?”  No, he said: “Father, I have sinned before you and before God. I am not worthy to be called your son.  Make me one of your servants…….”  But that repentance is inconvenient to the new sentiment masquerading as mercy, and so is forgotten.

Again, the point that must be stressed is that God is being merciful even in the execution of His Justice.  God is incapable of being unmerciful.  By sending the goats to the everlasting fire, he was giving them what they wanted, what they had spent their life pursuing – an existence without God.  He is being doubly merciful to the sheep, as they are brought to eternal bliss, yes, but also by preserving them from being scandalized at seeing the goats admitted to their presence without repentance.  In fact, you can parse this down to several other levels of mercy, but I’ll skip that for now.

God IS Mercy and God IS Love and God IS Justice……..and the 200o year development of the Doctrine of the Faith is the recognition and explication of that undeniable fact.  Anyone that cuts against that Doctrine, or undermines it, is striving to dismember God from Himself.

An Lenten exegesis on death and acceptance of suffering by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque February 25, 2015

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The following excerpt from the Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque comes from a memoir she left shortly before her death.  The Saint knew her death was near.  She who had been the recipient of such incredible, almost unthinkable gifts from God in the form of repeated apparition, close conversation and spiritual guidance from God, especially Our Lord’s emphasis on devotion His Sacred Heart, was still very cognizant of her (very slight) sins and failings and the fact of facing a dread Judge.  I thought this exegesis very timely not only for Lent, but also to refute both protestant heresies and the mma2predominant error in the Church today, the idea that God is just a big ‘ol ball of fluff and that essentially all men are saved.  Saint Margaret Mary is having none of that, and I would ask readers that if a soul, a Saint, given such incalculable graces by God, should fear her judgment, with what trepidation should not we?  Of course, that very fear and the Saint’s deep understanding of the reality of God assured that the outcome of her judgment would be a most happy one.  May we be blessed to do the same:

On the first day of my retreat my chief care was to think whence could come to me this great longing for death, since it is not usual for criminals, such as I am before God, to be so easy about appearing before their judge, and a judge the sanctity of whose justice penetrates even to the marrow of the bones. How, then, my soul, canst thou feel so great joy at its approach?  Thou thinkest only of ending thy exile, and thou art enraptured at the idea of soon going forth from thy prison.  But, alas! take care that temporal joy, which perhaps proceeds only from the blindness of ignorance, plunge thee not into eternal sadness, and that from this mortal and perishable prison thou hqdefaultfallest not into those eternal dungeons where there will be no more room to hope.  [This mentality, once commonly held at least by deeply devout Catholics, is utterly foreign to almost all souls today, even those in the Church.  I suspect the vast majority of people today would, if they could, choose to remain in this life forever if such were possible.  They have no real desire to be with God.]

Let us, then, O my soul, leave this joy and these desires to die to holy and fervent souls for whom great rewards are prepared. [Think on just who is saying this.  What humility!] For us whose works leave us nothing but chastisements to hope for, if God is not St.-Mary-Alacoquemore good in our regard than just, let us think what will be our fate.  Canst thou, my soul, endure for all eternity the absence of Him whose presence fills thee with desires so ardent, and whose absence causes thee pains so cruel?

My God, how difficult it is for me to render this account! I feel it impossible to nerve myself up to it, and, in my impotence, I know not to whom to address myself unless to my Adorable Master.  I have remitted to Him all the points on which I shall be judged, namely, my rules, constitutions, and directory. [Of the Order of the Visitation]  It is on them I shall be justified or condemned.  After confiding to Him all my interests, I felt admirable peace under His feet, where He held me for a long time abyssed, as it were, in my own nothingness, and there expecting that He would judge me, a miserable criminal.

……..Put me in prison. I consent, provided it be in Thy Sacred Heart.  There keep me fast captive, bound by the chains of Thy love, until I shall have paid Thee all that I owe Thee; and as I shall never be able to do that, I shall never come forth from that prison.

————End Quote———-

Ours is truly a glorious Faith, filled with souls of indescribable piety and sanctity.


Awesome video: St. Pio of Pietrelcina offering Mass, 5 May 1956 February 25, 2015

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In Italian and Latin, and really gratifying to see –  Padre Pio offering the TLM on Saturday 5 May 1956, Feast of St. Pius X?

The only bad part is the obvious and poorly done overdubbing. At the very beginning, I believe we are hearing Padre Pio, but then the overdub begins and carries on most of the time.  Still…….we get to see Padre Pio consecrating the Most Blessed Sacrament, and in living color!  Very nice.  Many thanks to Video Sancto for posting this.


Another cool video – from ~2:45 – 5:00 see Padre Pio offering his very last public Mass.  The video notes he received an indult to offer the Mass in Latin and check out all the chapel veils on the women assisting at the Mass.  However, it is sad to see Padre Pio collapse after the Pater Noster.  His stigmata had miraculously healed by that point.


I assume you know……it’s Ember Week! February 25, 2015

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Sorry I didn’t give a reminder yesterday.  I had actually forgotten, thankfully, Dom Prosper Gueranger reminded me.

Just a quick reminder – Ember Days are special days of fasting and abstinence.  Wednesday and Saturday are days of fast and partial abstinence, Friday is a day of partial fast and total abstinence. By partial abstinence, you can have one full meal with meat and two snacks/small meals that don’t equal a full meal without.  So, I guess I’ll have to forego my usual foray to The Big Texan for a nice 64 oz sirloin for lunch with leftovers for dinner.  Oh, the pain, the pain of it all!

I pray we all take full advantage of the great Grace penitential seasons like Ember Week provide!  Such a shame they have been excised from virtually all non-traditional corners of the Church.

Much more info on Lenten Embertide if you are interested at Fisheaters.



Still more Catholic awesomeness – pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador February 24, 2015

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Sadly, many Catholics today are not familiar with the awesome apparitions of Our Lady in Quito, Ecuador which took place 400 years ago.  This apparition led to the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success, and also contained prophesies which trouble many Catholics today, so well do they seem to describe the current crisis in the Church.

A very good traditional priest led a pilgrimage to Quito some weeks ago, and the excellent JMJHF Productions, which produces so many great videos, went along to capture events.  They have posted photos from the first day of the pilgrimage – which included a fair number of readers of this blog! – with much more to come.  From just the first day’s photos, it looks like it was one jam packed pilgrimage!  How edifying!

Thanks to the good reader who alerted me to the photos. You can see much more at the link.


Basilica of the National Vow, largest neo-gothic baslica in the Americas

Conceptionist monastery housing the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success

Conceptionist monastery housing the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success


Miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success.  It is available for veneration only three times a year.

Miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success. It is available for veneration only three times a year.

Side altars at Conceptionist church. Incredible.

Side altars at Conceptionist church. Incredible.


Glorious.  Churches like this speak of  great faith.

Glorious. Churches like this speak of great faith.


I really appreciate JMJHF productions taking the time to take these photos. There will be much more to come (and there is much more at the link).  I know how difficult it can be at times to try to both exercise one’s devotion in a situation like this, but also document events for others to share.  You want to be engrossed in devotion, but know how much others would benefit from sharing things like this, and you also don’t want to disturb others in an environment such as this most holy site.  So I am really thankful that JMJHF took time out from this pilgrimage to take these well done photos so many others – so that I – could share in the experience.

Who knows, if the priest is able to continue leading pilgrimages like this, maybe these photos will encourage me more to attend?


More Catholic Glory – Solemn Professions of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles February 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, persecution, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Well a reader and friend very dear to my heart sent me a link to a page showing photos from the recent solemn profession of vows made by three sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles on February 2, Candlemas.  Bishop Finn, as usual, presided, with assistance from a large number of traditional Catholic priests. See how many you recognize!  I peaked out at 5, I believe.  Photos of this most auspicious, wonderful event below.

If you receive the Benedictines of Mary’s newsletter, and have followed them for some time, you know how close Bishop Finn is to this community of devout, traditional nuns.  To me, this fact argues very strongly against all the calumnies and smear campaigns against Bishop Finn that have run rampant ever since his consecration as ordinary of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  While Bishop Finn is surely far from perfect (as are we all, in our own particular ways), the opposition he has faced since his installation has had more to do with his relative orthodoxy and attachment to Tradition as it has to any alleged failings in specific instances of judgment.  That is to say, he has had enemies from the start, who seized on his handling of a (in the grand scheme of things) relatively minor abuse case in order to discredit him.  Unfortunately, that campaign has had at least some success, as Bishop Finn, incredibly when compared to the much more grievous sins of modernist prelates like Mahony and Lynch, is the only bishop in this country to receive a criminal conviction and now faces potential sacking.

Sorry to mix in some downer with such a joyous event, but I feel Bishop Finn has been unfairly maligned for years and deserves a strong defense.  He is being persecuted much more for his beliefs than his alleged actions.





Surely such a man needs a good sacking!

Surely such a man needs a good sacking!




Such beauty, such hope, such fervor.  Truly, these young ladies were ready for the Bridegroom’s call.

Congratulations to these solemnly professed nuns.  What a glory for them and our Holy Mother Church.  May there be many more like them!  I do not think we can fathom in this life the immense spiritual power of young women like these, whose influence on the Church will be out of all proportion to their still-too-small numbers.  Deo Gratias!

And so now we know why we had no Candlemas this year!

PS – Please keep the Benedictines of Mary in your prayers.  Regular readers know why, but for those who may not, while Bishop Finn has given them all the canonical “assurances” he can, if he is dismissed as bishop and replaced by a bishop less friendly to the traditional practice of religious life, the Benedictines could face a difficult future.  The longer he remains as bishop, the better for the Benedictines of Mary, really (and humanly speaking).


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