Thank you kindly for all your interest in help out with my need this time. I really appreciate that, God reward you.
In the first place, I am Rev. Mr. Charles Ike, the FSSP seminarian from Nigeria, studying at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (7880 West Denton Road, Denton, Nebraska 68339. USA).
My priestly ordination is coming up by August 15th 2017, and it is going to in Nigeria, as no one there could come for my Diaconate ordination, which was in March this year.
But for me to have my priestly ordination in Nigeria, certain preparations have to be made thus before the Ordination:
• Printing the ordination Holy Cards.
• Printing Announcing cards for friends, priests etc. as this is going to be first priestly ordination in the Old Latin Rite in Nigeria since the Second Vatican Council.
For the Ordination:
• I will need to get my ordination vestments, that is, a Ordination vestment for the Ordinandi
• A Solemn Mass set for ministers
• My airplane ticket
• I will need to fly 7 seminarians to help out and support the ordination ceremony over there.
After the Ordination:
• Also a car. As a new priest, my priestly obligations require a means of transportation.
And all these money, if raised will be used to help with the Ordination and priestly obligations………
……This means so much to me, because it is going to be my greatest event in life. I have been studying and working towards its fulfillment so many years now, as we study seven years at the seminary, and this is my final year.
The reason I am applying for this aid is because, while in the United States, I operate on a student visa, which does not allow me to do any kind of work to sponsor myself financially.
Two Powerful Prayers for the Family to St. Anne October 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
Well, one really just mentions the parents of the only sinless entirely human person to ever live – the Blessed Mother – but they are both very good and apropos in this time of constant assaults against, and undermining of, the family. More than that, so many individual families are under particular assaults from satan, his minions, and the democrats, but I repeat myself.
The second prayer in particular is of enormous benefit in this time when the world, the flesh, and the devil are having so much success at fooling children off the narrow path towards salvation and onto the wide, 400 lane highway to perdition. We lose so many kids out of the Church in these times, and gravest sin is, many of those are lost because of errors and sins they are taught are perfectly OK by authority figures in the Church. But I’ll demure from riding that hobby horse for now, and get to the prayers, which are from a small booklet on Good Saint Anne and are really short and easy to say:
Prayer for God’s Blessing on the Married
I bless Thee, most gracious Lord Jesus Christ, for having ordained that Thy holy Mother, the Virgin Mary, of whom Thou, O Redeemer of all men, didst will to assume flesh, should proceed from the chaste union of Joachim and Anne. By Thy goodness, I beseech Thee, through the merits of the holy parents Joachim and Anne, have mercy on <my spouse and I or all on> all who, in their memory, sanctify their life in the state of holy Matrimony. Give them peace and rest, health of body and soul; make them fruitful in good children, and after this exile, grant them eternal glory to Thy praise and honor, O sweetest and most gracious Savior. Amen.
Prayer for a Wayward Child
O Holy Mother, St. Anne, so rich in graces! Thou wilt never leave unheard the pleadings and tears of a mother <parent> who invokes thee for a wayward child. Thou knowest my grief and the anguish of my heart. Look down with thy maternal eyes upon this poor erring child, and bring him (her) back upon the way of salvation, that he (she) may again serve God faithfully and thus obtain eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Hail Mary (three times)
I know several of my regular readers are suffering with children or spouses who have gone off the reservation, so to speak, or seem to be about to do so. Of course, sometimes kids, no matter how well raised, no matter what parish/kind of Mass you attend, go crazy. I’ve seen it happen many times. But if they’ve been raised well, which I’m certain most all the kids raised by readers of this blog have, many will come back. It may take a while, but I’ve seen that happen many times, as well. The key thing is not to give up. Keep praying for them. Pray Novenas. Make a perpetual Novena to St. Anne using the prayer above or some other prayer. Of course, pray the Rosary as often and as devoutly as possible. Offer sacrifice and self-denial for your wayward child (or spouse, for that matter, there’s been a sudden flap of spouses going crazy and leaving the wife/husband and Church of late). Have Masses offered for their conversion. Just don’t give up! That doesn’t mean you have to give in and become indifferent to their sin. Don’t give up on their salvation, which is the only thing that really matters in this life. God often surprises us with sudden conversions from out of the blue.
And that’s it. I told you they were short and easy. Unfortunately for me, I’m out of time for the day. It’s been one of those days where finding even 5 minutes to hit the blog has been all but impossible. Till now, but I’ve got more things to do before I wrap them up.
Help Support First Traditional Nigerian Ordination in 50 Years October 18, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
We have had the pleasure of knowing Rev. Mr. Charles Ike for the past few years. For at least the past two, and maybe three, years, Deacon Ike has been one of the seminarians sent from the Fraternity seminary to assist our local priests with Mass and other duties during Holy Week. Each of those visits, he’s stayed for 2 weeks or so.
Rev. Ike is to be ordained August 15, 2017. Because his family could not possibly afford to fly to the states for his ordination, it is being held in Nigeria. Actually, why don’t I shut up and let Deacon Ike apprise you of the situation himself:
Explosive Question: Should Women’s Suffrage Be Abolished? October 17, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Domestic Church, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, suicide, Tradition, Virtue.
Reader TT sent me a recommendation to a short book that contains two lectures given by the Catholic Bishop of Denver, CO, J.P. Machebeuf, in 1877. In those lectures, basing his reasoning almost entirely on the Epistles of Saint Paul – that is, inspired and inerrant Scripture – Bishop Machebeuf argues passionately against women’s suffrage – then a growing cause celebre among the nascent progressive faction in this country. I read this book months ago, and have been meaning to blog on it for some time, but never took the time to sit down and try to frame the matter in a way I thought would provide a reasonable discussion, as opposed to instant recourse to emotion.
Machebeuf relies principally on the following quotes from Scripture in his argument:
I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of every woman is the man and the head of Christ is God; the woman is the glory of the man, for the man was not created for the woman but the woman for the man (I Cor xi:13).
Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the woman as Christ is the head of the Church. Therefore as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let the women be to their husbands in all things. (Eph v:22).
I will therefore, that men pray in every place……..In like manner the women also, in decent apparel, adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety…..as it becometh a woman professing Godliness with good works. Let the women learn in silence, with all subjection, but I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over man, but to be in silence, for Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not seduced, but the woman being seduced was in the transgression; yet she shall be saved through child bearing, if she continue in faith andlove and sanctification in sobriety (I Tim ii: 6- 8)
To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’ s power, and he shall have dominion over thee. (Gen iii:16)
From these scriptural quotes – which are not being relayed outside modifying context, I would judge – and a few others, Bishop Machebeuf argues against allowing women the vote. He also uses his assessments of the peculiarities of female nature as arguments against women’s suffrage, finding women perhaps more inclined to emotionalism, less inclined to the broader, long-range common good (as opposed to their own perceived, individual good), and perhaps less well disposed for making such decisions. He also feels women’s involvement in politics, even simply as an involved voter, would detract time from women’s primary duty in providing for the household and rearing the (hopefully many) children. Primarily, however, the bishop finds women’s suffrage an affront to what he understands as God’s divinely revealed order, an order which places women, in such matters as the public trust, if not subordinate to men, at least in no position to dictate to men, through their vote, how public affairs should be conducted.
Bishop Machebeuf also presciently notes that the matter of women’s suffrage was simply the tip of the spear for a much broader move towards “women’s rights,” or the general trend towards feminism we have seen wreak such havoc on the family and culture over the past several decades. He had the foresight to see that the then very small women’s movement would metamorphose into a mass movement dedicated to the destruction of the moral order ordained by God. A couple of quotes on this matter suffice to reveal the whole:
[The woman] cannot perform the duties of both man and woman at the same time, which makes it impossible for a woman to be a faithful wife and mother, attend to her household duties, and hold a public office – which seems to be the main object of the friends of women’s rights [Demonstrating that the Bishop foresaw, quite rightly, that the women’s suffrage movement was not just about giving women “equality” with men in terms of voting, but even putting them in positions of authority over men in the temporal realm by seeing women elected to public office. Now we stand on the precipice of seeing perhaps the most amoral character in American political history elected to the highest office of the land. And that character is a woman]
You know, beloved brethren, what some of those discontented women want; they want to shake off the authority of men, they want to turn upside down the order established by a just God, they want to rule over man.
What are we to make of this? Is this just some uncomfortable relic from a bygone, far less enlightened age, or could the bishop perhaps be onto something? Obviously, his thinking is entirely absent from the public mind of the Church today, at least outside maybe a few isolated individuals (who are treated as crackpots), but we also know the “public mind” of the Church, as expressed by the large majority of bishops, priests, cardinals, and lay people, is at divergence with the perennial belief and practice of the Faith on a vast panoply of subjects. That is to say, simply because his belief seems very much at odds with the beliefs posited by the vast majority of those who claim the name Catholic today, that does not mean they are necessarily wrong because of it.
One way to look at this subject, perhaps, is to look at the course of history in the many nations that have adopted practically universal suffrage, including women, over the past century or so. Has that trend not been overwhelmingly towards the left, towards self-seeking, and towards the undermining of the moral and religious order and its replacement with an entirely new and hostile order oriented towards paganism, immorality, totalitarian government, and selfishness? Polls in this and most every Western country reveal that women are far more likely to vote for the left-wing candidate than men. They have played a vital part of the left-wing coalition in this and many other countries. The rise of the Left has been a disaster for the Church and for the moral order, generally.
Interestingly, Bishop Machebeuf predicted that this would happen, that as women diverted attention from the home and rearing of children, towards what they were told would be the greener pastures of political and economic “empowerment,” that the rearing of children would necessarily suffer, and that neglect and the relaxation of familial and societal moral discipline would soon lead to a general, and grave, moral decay.
Bishop Machebeuf does not say in so many words, but what he is arguing in favor of, and what he reveals to be divinely ordained by God through Scripture, is that virtual curse-word today, a patriarchal society. It is very clear today, and has been for some decades, that the radical feminist movement, which was given birth (apropos turn of phrase, no?) by the women’s suffrage movement (and has continued to use many of the same methods), has developed into a movement oriented towards the destruction of the traditional patriarchal society and its replacement with something different and far more destructive. Since patriarchy is so clearly endorsed by Scripture, feminists have both waged war, and sought to co-opt, Christian leaders into their movement, even though in so doing, those leaders have helped hasten the destruction of their religion and the entire moral order. It is little wonder that it was only ten years from the institution of women’s suffrage in the United States, and the approval of contraceptive use by a major non-Catholic ecclesial body (Lambeth Conference, 1930). The decline of the moral order has unalterably advanced since then.
Am I calling for the abolishing of women’s suffrage? Perhaps in theory, though not very strongly even there. I think the bishop basically right in his assessment, but I do wonder why there are not more texts of this type that have come down to us. Was Bishop Machebeuf an outlier, even 140 years ago? Or is his rare “hardness” or orthodoxy in this matter simply an early indication of the grave problems inherent in the American episcopate all along, but which would not reveal themselves en masse until about a century later?
Either way, we are about 500 billion miles from this being even a remotely viable issue or something to push for, publicly. The vast majority of people, even – or, especially – those who call themselves Christian and/or Catholic, are so totally convinced that women voting is such a natural good, such an inviolable right, that even broaching the subject (outside a specialty audience like those who tend to read this blog) would be, at present, simply to instantly discredit oneself, or have oneself labeled as a member of the lunatic fringe. Then again, Catholics – true Catholics – have always been perceived as such by the society at large.
Having said that, another thing TT sent me, a link to a post by Mundabor, contains relevant argumentation that is probably better than I could make. It’s said a bit more strongly than I would phrase things (as you know, I am always so milquetoast and diplomatic), and overlooks one reality – that the female readers of my blog and probably his, too, are far better informed and make far better choices than the vast majority of men out there in the general populace – but he does provide a helpful condensation of the arguments it would take me many hours to frame. So take this for what you will, and I look forward to the discussion that will follow (emphasis in original):
It fills me with rage at this stupid age to know that, in the most crucial US election in the last decades, there is such a discrepancy between female and male voter orientation. It seems that this wave of Reprobation (make no mistake: voting for Clinton can only be a mortal sin) is mainly fueled by the female sex, who is more prone to swallow hook, line and sinker all the rubbish about the “first female President”, the “objectifying of women” and all that insignificant noise meant to cover the real issues: the fact that Christian heritage and fundamental liberties (besides the Country’s security) may well be at stake.
Women of past ages knew very well that it was better for them that only men could vote, or be a judge. It helped a lot to keep the emotions out, and preserve an ordered society. It prevented the brutal emotional manipulation of serious issues we see today.
In a society in which only males can vote you can’t get very far with the emotional appeal to the “poor pregnant girl”. In a society in which only males can vote you could never attack the Second Amendment. In a society in which only male can vote not only Trump would clean up, but you would probably have a better Democrat opponent in the first place……..[I don’t think this goes nearly far enough. If there had never been women’s suffrage, I don’t think there would have ever been a Trump, or a nation fallen far enough to give us two such unworthy candidates.]
…….Women suffrage has done great damage to women. It has allowed them to hurt themselves in so many ways: with abortion, with divorce, with a stupid push for an “emancipation” that has become a double burden, with the attempt to dismantle a patriarchal society that served them so much better than making of them the toys of many men…….
………It would be better for everyone, and particularly for women, if they were not allowed to vote. In time, this would cause a reversion to what every Catholic (that is: sensible) woman must wish: a solidly patriarchal society honoring women for their real qualities and helping them to give the best of their feminine nature, whilst stifling the self-destructive tendencies unavoidably generated by their (otherwise so beautifully) emotional nature.
Two thousand words is very long for a blog post, so I’ll end here, but I’ve really only scratched the surface of a very complex, and important, topic. I may err above where I say debating this will confine one to a lunatic fringe; not that I’m wrong about how people would receive such an argument, but as to whether that matters or not. That is to say, the truth must be revealed no matter how it is received.
So, perhaps we’ll have more on this topic in the future.
How to Amend a Sacrilegious Marriage October 17, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, family, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, reading, Sacraments, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
I’m reading a neat little 90 year old book called Plain Talks on Marriage by Fr. Fulgence Meyer OFM. Fr. Meyer addresses a point that is often overlooked, given the many problems afflicting marriage in the Church today (and the growing assaults on marriage coming even from the Vatican itself), but which may be even more widespread a phenomenon in this day and age than divorce and remarriage or infidelity.
The problem is reception of the Sacrament of Marriage in an unworthy, sacrilegious manner, due to circumstances Fr. Meyer outlines below. He also advises how one can amend for such an unworthy reception of the Sacrament, which is, after all, equal to Baptism, Confirmation, and even the Eucharist in nature.
From pp. 32-4:
You say……..that you have been married in keeping with the requirements of the Church; you were married, perhaps, with considerable ceremony. Were you in the state of Grace when you married? Matrimony is a Sacrament of the living, and the recipient must not be conscious of an unforgiven mortal sin. There are those who before marriage, in the period of courtship, sin flagrantly with each other by indulging in, or allowing, improprieties, indecent liberties, and shocking intimacies. When they go to Confession before marriage, they are ashamed or too proud to admit these mortal sins. They willfully make an invalid Confession, receive Holy Communion unworthily, and are married validly, indeed, yet sacrilegiously. No wonder that they do not receive the grace of the sacrament, and that their married life is unhappy in consequence. They started it out altogether wrong, even with the curse of God. [One wonders how many failed marriages, subsequent divorces, and then even remarriages, have started out in this failed way as the couples involved were fornicating prior to marriage and never confessed the sin, and even received the Sacrament unworthily and sacrilegiously? I suspect it is a huge source of the calamity that has befallen Catholic marriage.] What are they to do to set matters right?
All they need to do is to make a good general Confession covering the entire period from their last worthy Confession to the present time. This Confession is not at all hard for those who have the will to get back to God. The priests will give you what help you need, supposing you are in this plight. And do not believe you are the first one to tell this story to the priest. He has heard it often before, and he will hear it again in the future. Human nature is the same everywhere and at all times. So take heart and make a clean breast of it in the spirit of true and humble contrition. Then, when you receive absolution, you will get not only the graces of holy penance, but also those of matrimony. They have been and are only suspended, waiting for the hindrance of mortal sin to be removed from your soul. No sooner the hindrance is gone, the suspension will cease, and the graces of marriage will flood, strengthen and rejoice your soul. [And, almost certainly, dramatically improve the marriage in question as those Graces long denied flood in to work their supernatural effects]
We live in really messed up times. Practically the entire world – “friends,” peers, media, government, the demons, etc. – scream at us from a very early age to do really bad things unless one is among the very few lucky ones to have been an early homeschooler, or somehow raised by exceptionally pious and attentive parents. I know I certainly did fall for a lot of lies the world peddles, and they seriously messed me up.
But one of the infinite number of wonderful aspects of our God is that He forgives totally, and is a an infinitely generous giver. Once we have true contrition and make a good confession, He will flood ourselves with graces and gifts totally unearned by us, and impossible to repay, but He will send them all the same. They can turn around situations that seem impossible to repair by human means. I’ve certainly seen that happen more than once. Don’t give up!
And don’t ever let some false authority figure in the Church tell you that divorce is OK, that’s it’s not that bad, that the Church (re: Franky) is providing a “do-over,” that God “understands,” and all the similar lies. Go to Confession, trust in God, and pray! That is the best way to a happy life, not serial divorce/civil remarriage and the carousel of degrading use of the marital faculties that involves.
May God have mercy on all those experiencing marital pain, and who need the cleansing regeneration of Confession.
Our First Duty Is to Adore God with Great Humility October 14, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Liturgical Year, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I’m continuing to wrap up The Liturgical Year. It may happen sooner than I thought, I might be done before this month is over.
At any rate, I found some catechesis from Vol III Christmas Book II pp. 16-7 that I thought was edifying and helpful. Pray you shall agree with my assessment, it concerns our need to adore God first, before all else (which is shown, among other ways, through our conformity to the moral law) but to do so with great humility. Our “successes” are not our own. If we make progress, if we grow in holiness, the best we are doing is cooperating with Grace, and sometimes we’re actually fighting Grace more than cooperating with it:
The first of our duties to our Savior is Adoration. Adoration is Religion’s first act; but there is something in the Mystery of Our Lord’s Birth which seems to make this duty doubly necessary. In Heaven the angels veil their faces, and prostrate themselves before the throne of Jehovah; the four and twenty elders are for ever casting their crowns before the throne (Apoc iv:10)of the Lamb; what, then, shall we do – we who are sinners, and unworthy members of the Tribe of the Redeemer – now that this same great God shows Himself to us, humbled for our sakes, and stript of all His glory? Now that the duties of the creature to His Creator are fulfilled by the Creator Himself? Now that the eternal God bows down not only before the Sovereign Majesty of the Godhead, but even before sinful man, His creature?
Let us endeavor to make by our profound adorations, some return to the God Who thus humbles Himself for us; let us thus give Him back some little of that whereof He has deprived Himself our of love for us, and in obedience to the Will of His Father? It is incumbent on us to emulate, as far as possible, the sentiments of the Angels in Heaven, and never to approach the Divine Infant without bringing with us the incense of our soul’s adoration, the protestation of our own extreme unworthiness, and lastly, the homage of our whole being. All this is due to the infinite Majesty of the Babe of Bethlehem, who is the more worthy of every tribute we can pay Him, because He has made Himself thus little for our sakes. Unhappy we, if the apparent weakness of the Divine Child, or the familiarity with which He is ready to caress us, should make us negligent in this our first duty, or forget what he is, and what we are!
The example of His Blessed Mother will teach us to be thus humble. Mary was humble in the presence of her God, even before she became His Mother; but, once His Mother, she comported herself before Him Who was her God and her Child with greater humility than ever. We too, poor sinners, sinners so long and so often, we must adore with all the power of our soul Him Who has come down so low; we must study to find out how by our self-humiliation to make Him amends for this Crib, these swathing bands, this eclipse of His glory. And yet all our humiliations will never bring us so low as that we shall be on a level with His lowliness. No; only God could reach the humiliations of God.
To expand on the point touched on in my intro, how do we show our love to God? Do we do it better by words, or by actions? What did Our Lord have to say? He told us repeatedly that it was our actions that would lead to our salvation, much more than our words. In fact, He frequently criticized the Pharisees for their many failures of action in spite of many golden words that fell from their tongues.
The prerequisite for works of charity is conducting our lives in accord with the moral law. If we are sinning, especially mortally, God forbid, we are not in the state of Grace and none of our works of charity, none of our praise of God, none of our sacrifices outside sin matter a whit. Works only accrue salvific Grace when they are done in the State of Grace. We can even grievously offend God by performing works normally pleasing to Him if we do them in a state of mortal sin, such as reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
Sorry if this little addition seems obvious. To far too many people, it is anything but.
Saint Justin Martyr was a cultured man of letters and one of the first great post-apostolic apologists for the Faith. He carried on a unique and extensive correspondence with the 15th Emperor of Rome, Titus Fulvus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, commonly known as Antoninus Pius, who reigned from AD 138-161. This correspondence is well known among those with more than a very limited knowledge of early Church history, and is one of numerous testimonies from the earliest Church Fathers that prove, without equivocation or the slightest doubt, that the Faith of the Catholic Church of Rome is the exact Faith that was practiced by the earliest Church. This is confirmed in numerous doctrinal beliefs, but one of the most important, and, concomitantly, easiest to confirm, is the total belief in the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar held by the early Church. This is confirmed by numerous writings dating to the earliest part of the 2nd century (over 200 years before Constantine supposedly “corrupted the Church,” according to protestants) from St. Ignatius of Antioch and others on (adding to several FIRST century references a la Pope Saint Clement’s Epistles to Corinth, among others) to the best of the 2nd century, Justin Martyr.
You have to understand the context in which Saint Justin Martyr was writing. Christianity was still almost entirely a secret religion due to persecution. The Mass was not open to the public. As part of the persecution, and partly due to human nature when encountering anything new and different, wild, calumniating rumors flew regarding what went on during the Mass, which was known to feature a Sacrifice. Many of these wild rumors and innuendo’s were started by the earliest Church’s first enemies, the Jews. Jews claimed that Christians sacrificed babies and ate their bodies during the Mass, mixing up scattered bits of the Nativity and Easter narratives, or just being plain malicious. These rumors added further fuel to the already extant persecutions, making them much more severe.
At any rate, the educated, urbane Justin set out to set matters straight, and rather than mess around with middlemen, went straight to the top man himself. He used his connections to establish a correspondence with the Emperor Antoninus Pius. The critical part of the exchange, quoted by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the Victories of the Martyrs (but far more and better coverage is in either Jurgen’s The Faith of the Early Fathers Volume 1, or the The Anti-Nicene Fathers by Roberts and Donaldson but beware the anti-Catholic notes in this Anglican work):
Wherefore having explained the sacred ceremonies of baptism, he proceeds to speak of the Eucharist in the following terms: “He that presides in the assembly is presented with bread and a chalice of wine, mixed with water; whereupon, in the name of the Son and the Holy Ghost, he renders glory to the Father. And by these gifts doth he make thanksgiving, which all the faithful confirm by the word ‘Amen.’ The prayers, praises, and thanksgivings being terminated, the deacons take of the bread and the wine, mixed with water, over which all these holy prayers have been recited, and having distributed them among those present, they carry some to the absent also.
[Liguori here notes that these men would have been the equivalent of today’s full deacons, acting as delegates of the priest or, as he was then called, the presbyter. They were considered separate and “above” lay persons and had received consecration for the task of handling the Sacred Species. The circumstances of the Church under persecution made recourse to use of deacons (and, yes, sometimes lay people) commonly to distribute the Eucharist necessary, and are not an endorsement of lay handling of the Blessed Sacrament as per modern practice. By the late 4th century, doctrine had clearly evolved, as demonstrated in the Spanish Council of Elvira, against ANY lay handling of the Blessed Sacrament. This Doctrine came into place as soon as the period of vicious persecution ended] This food is by us called Eucharist; of which no one can partake who believeth not our doctrines, and who hath not been cleansed from sin in the laver of regeneration. This is not common food or drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior was, for our redemption, by virtue of the Divine Word, composed of flesh and blood; so we are aware that, by virtue of the prayer containing His Divine words, the food by which we are nourished is the Flesh and Blood of the Word Incarnate.” [This is really our Faith in a nutshell. From the Eucharist, everything else flows. That is why the protestants had to turn the Eucharist into a symbol, because with the Eucharist intact, all their changes to the moral law and claims of private interpretation would, in time, crumble upon themselves. And this is no outlier. From the early Fathers you can find confirmation of virtually any Catholic Doctrine you choose, almost always directly but occasionally by inference. Confession? Absolutely. Works vital for salvation? Certainly. Communion/”membership” in the Church necessary for salvation. Heck yes. A hierarchical Church with the pope at its head? You bet.]
Thus we see that the present doctrine of the Catholic Church is that which was believed and practiced in the apostolic times, in which our Saint flourished.
Unfortunately, Saint Justin failed to convince the obstinate infidel “Pius.” He also got his head lopped off for his trouble.
There you go. You get a double-dose of catechesis today. Perhaps this bit of knowledge might come in handy when dealing with protestant family and/or friends.
We human creatures seem to have some built in flaws we are simply unable to overcome. Or we refuse to do so. One of the most critical of these is our steadfast refusal to learn from the lessons of the past. This applies in all imaginable fields – economic, political, military, technological, spiritual, you name it.
Dom Prosper Gueranger gives us a little bit of a history lesson from Vol. 4 of The Liturgical Year, pp. 168-9, concerning God’s permitting islam to be the punishment visited upon Christians who fall into persistent error and schism. While written 150 years ago, it may as well have been written for today, when, I am quite certain, Dom Gueranger would be mortified into shocked silence by the specter of a Christendom so utterly devoid of faith and already deeply into the process of being overrun by islam in its very heartland:
When, later on, the Christian nations of the east had lost the Faith which they themselves had transmitted to the western world; when they had disfigured the sacred symbol of faith by their blasphemous heresies; the anger of God sent upon them, from Arabia, the deluge of Mahometanism. It swept away the Christian churches, that had existed from the very time of the Apostles. Jerusalem, the favored Jerusalem, on which Jesus had lavished the tenderest love, even she became a victim to the infidel hordes. Antioch and Alexandria, with their patriarchates, were plunged into the vilest slavery; and at length Constantinople, that had so obstinately provoked the divine indignation, was made the very capital of the Turkish empire.
And we, the western nations, if we return not to the Lord our God, shall we be spared? Shall the floodgates of of Heaven’s vengeance, the torrent of fresh Vandals, ever be menacing to burst upon us, yet never come? Where is the country of our own West, that has not corrupted its way, as in the days of Noah? That has not made conventions against the Lord and His Christ? That has not clamored out that old cry of revolt: “Let us break their bonds asunder, let us cast away their yoke from us?” (Ps ii:3).
Well may we fear lest the time is at hand, when, despite our haughty confidence in our means of defense, Christ our Lord, to whom all nations have been given by the Father, shall rule us with a rod of iron, and break us in pieces like a potter’s vessel (Ps ii:9).
Let us propitiate the anger of our offended God, and follow the inspired counsel of the royal prophet; Serve ye the Lord with fear; embrace the discipline of His Law; lest, at any time, the Lord be angry, and ye perist from the just way (Ps ii:12).
Heavy, heavy stuff. But none too remote a prophecy, I fear.
My brethren, we are of course afflicted with an even worse situation than that which faced Dom Gueranger. While he could easily and accurately extrapolate the then nascent trends in Christendom towards liberalism, modernism, atheism, and hedonism, Gueranger did have the Grace to live in a time when Holy Mother Church was, herself, quite strong and robust of Faith and Doctrine.
We do not have a like situation today. We live in a virtually unprecedented time of apostasy and faithlessness from the vast swaths of the masses up through the highest echelons of the church. We can, however, hold some solace in the fact that such periods of faithlessness have been numerous in the history of the Church, and she has always recovered. However, it is quite possible that this our present age is the worst our glorious Mother the Church has had to endure.
And thus the rod of iron, stayed so long by Mary’s arm, presses down with ever more relentless weight and pent up fury upon our Mother’s exhausted, outstretched hands. Only we can sustain her through our prayers, as she has so often implored us to do, from Lourdes to La Salette to Fatima to Akita and beyond. Only we can turn back the Lord’s vengeance through prayer and penance, though I comprehend how many find the burden to be too great, and the shirking of duty by others leaving us with too great a task to face, a task that is not fairly borne by us.
But no one ever said life was fair. This is our lot, and we must try to do our best.
UPDATE: Address for the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation updated below.
A friend of this blog wrote an article for the Remnant describing the transformation that has occurred among members of the Franciscans of the Assumption who began to embrace the traditional practice of the Faith several years ago. These Franciscan nuns were associated with a “Hogar,” or home, for severely disabled children in the city of Quetzaltenango. They were the principle care-givers to these children for many years. But because of their embrace of Tradition, which occurred under the guidance of a Franciscan priest who experienced a similar spiritual journey, some of the nuns have been forced, in a heart-rending process, to depart the Hogar and were scattered around the country to try to break their “pernicious” attachment to the traditional practice of the Faith. Now, these nuns are trying to establish a new convent on traditional grounds elsewhere and have taken up temporary abode in an SSPX priory. Land has been offered, but there are many obstacles remaining, the principle ones being related to distance from the Sacraments and lack of funds.
Some of the background from the article, telling the kind of tale we have all heard and experienced for ourselves so many times before: souls become discontented with the state of the Church, they learn about and embrace the traditional practice of the Faith, and then they are persecuted for having done so.
………It seems that Father Lazarro’s Ignatian Retreat was not a one-time thing. This retreat appears to have borne great fruit, and Father Lazarro, a zealous man by nature, returned to Quetzaltenango and his life’s work, and was soon offering a daily Latin Mass in the beautiful chapel of the Hogar. Over the previous years he had developed a following within the city of Quetzaltenango given his conservatism, and for most of those faithful who habitually attended his Masses at the Hogar it was an easy transition to the authentic liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. Those residents of the Hogar who are physically able to be in attendance at Mass are also to be seen there on a daily basis, as are those employees who choose to do so. Three of the aforementioned Sisters made their first Ignatian retreat in November of 2010 and for the three of them there has been no turning back. Sor Emilia quietly and somewhat abashedly related some of their experiences in the types of retreats they had previously attended. There is no reason to repeat any of that here, for they are experiences that would surprise few readers. Suffice to say that these Sisters were edified by, and underwent a conversion as a result of, these Ignatian retreats.
As is consistently the case in these situations, love for authentic Catholicism flourished. A number of the religious sisters experienced a whole new and different understanding of and love for their vocations as a result. Soon they, too, were attending Ignatian retreats and Father Lazarro continued to make retreats as his busy schedule would permit. He also invited the Society priests to visit the Hogar on numerous occasions and they would naturally offer their own Masses there, to the delight and edification of the faithful. At one point Father Lazarro ceased to offer the Novus Ordo Missae and exclusively offered the perennial Mass of the Roman Church.
And, as unfortunately is also consistently the case in these situations, not everyone regarded this turn of events as something positive, including a portion of the religious sisters assigned to the Hogar as well as the local Ordinary, who prevailed upon Father Lazarro to offer at the least one novus ordo liturgy weekly and forbade the priests of the Society from offering Mass in his archdiocese. This seems to have had less effect on the priests of the Society, the three of whom are stretched across six countries, than it has upon the local faithful who are not at all disposed to returning to the novus ordo.
The most visible effect, however, has been and is upon those Franciscan sisters who have grown to love authentic Catholicism and have discovered a whole new dimension to their vocations and their Catholicism. Predictably, a rift developed at the Hogar between the sisters drawn to authentic Catholicism and those that had been steeped in the new religion and preferred it. And, as is also predictable, it became not a matter of respecting legitimate choice, but a matter of doing what was necessary to squelch this wildfire that threatened the “unity” of the community. The entire story contains numerous episodes and examples of organized overt persecution and nothing is to be gained by recounting any of that here, nor would such things come as any surprise to anyone who has tried over the years to cleave to a Catholicism dating back to a time prior to 1970. It is simply one more example of the ferocity of liberals who sense that their house of cards may be threatened.
In early 2012, Sor Emilia was removed from her position as Superior of the religious at the Hogar by her own superiors at the Mother House in San Marcos. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, this group of sisters made their first contact with Msgr. de Galaretta on 12 May of 2012 in order to begin to explore their options as a community under the protection of the Society. Finally, on October 24 of 2012, those sisters drawn to the traditional practice of the faith, including Sor Emilia, were separated from each other and reassigned by the Mother House to other apostolates in the country as a means of quelling the Catholic “uprising”. On that same date they contacted the former Prior of the Society of St. Pius X in Guatemala City, Father Gardet, to apprise him of their situation.
This detail is worth emphasizing. Having made a choice for Tradition, these particular nuns’ service at the Hogar was over, and not by their own choice. This is not a case of Franciscan religious abandoning their community in order to initiate a new community in a “traditional” venue. It is a case of these religious being expelled from their lives’ work and further separated from each other by being assigned to different and distant apostolates. Moreover, outside of the work at the Hogar, these religious’ apostolates consist largely in parish work, and now that they had come to the realization that things like Hell and Purgatory exist, that Our Lord indeed founded the One True Church, that receiving Communion in the hand is a questionable if not blasphemous practice, and a whole list of other simple truths not commonly conveyed within the novus ordo structure, they could not conscientiously deny any of these truths – something that would inevitably lead to conflict in any novus ordo parish to which they might be assigned. These nuns made the choice for authentic Catholicism and, having done so, their path was made clear, if not easy.
This group of religious briefly reported to their new assignments, but by November had moved as a group onto the grounds of Our Lady of Fatima Priory in Guatemala City. On December 12 of that year they were clothed in the traditional Franciscan habit for women. The novices who had opted for Catholic Tradition left the Hogar in May of 2012 and by November had already reported to the priory in anticipation of the arrival of the professed religious. By January of the following year, new postulants were in place at the priory and their current number was complete. [Making five professed, and four novices and postulants, I think]
So the nuns are now living in an SSPX priory in Guatemala City, the capital, and are seeking to somehow, by a miracle, raise sufficient funds to create a new Hogar for disabled children in the much more populous part of the country near the capital. This would also allow them access to priests who offer the Traditional Mass. The SSPX priory in Guatemala City is the only traditional parish in all of Central America, whether Ecclesia Dei/SSPX/religious or diocesan.
There are videos on the nun’s situation, experiences, and work below. The first discusses their process of transformation to the practice of more authentic Catholicism. The second shows the Hogar and the work that goes on there:
Contributions to these nuns can be made through the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas. Upon making a donation for this purpose please specify that the donation is for these nuns.
The website is http://svfonline.org/
The St. Vincent Ferrer Society of Texas can be contacted by:
Telephone: (915) 500-3025
Mail: 5628 Rosa Ave.
El Paso, TX 79905
The author of this article does not give endorsements lightly. He visits and gets to know a group before he gives his endorsement. That he has given such a ringing endorsement says a great deal to me. If my recommendations carry any weight, this has to be a really spectacular group of women to receive such glowing praise from Dr. Tim Brady.
I have been looking for an additional group of traditional women religious to support. I plan on supporting this group.
The Glories of Saint Anne, Patroness of Christian Mothers October 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
From a booklet on Saint Anne, mother of the Immaculate Conception, regarding the manifest benefits devotion to this Saint provides to Christian families generally and mothers specifically. Just in typing this, I was awestruck on being the mother of a being who could make such a declaration: “I am the Immaculate
Conception.” Have mercy. To the text:
Saint Anne is the great model of all in the married state and of those otherwise charged with the education of children. Great was her honor in being the mother of the Mother of God and in giving to a lost world the Advocate of Mercy. Sublime was her office in instructing this blessed child in virtue and holiness. Sublime was her office in instructing this blessed child in virtue and holiness.
St. Anne herself was a “vessel of grace,” not in name only, but in the possession of those gifts which God had endowed her to be the worthy mother of the Virgin Mary. Her motherly care for the Blessed Virgin was the means of St. Anne’s mortification. Because of this she receives and will receive a special glory in the Church to the end of ages.
How encouraging this is to all parents who make the holy education of their children their principle duty. By this they glorify their Creator, perpetuate His honor on earth and sanctify their own souls. From the hands of the parents God will one day require the souls of their children. Happy will those parents be who can say to the Divine Judge: “Not one of those whom Thou hast given me has been lost through my fault.”
Realizing, therefore, the great duty she has in rearing her children well, the Catholic mother will daily recommend her children to God and pray especially to St. Anne for the gift of imparting to them a good training, the highest and most difficult of all arts.
St. Anne obtains many graces, priceless graces, for all who venerate her, but she grants her maternal assistance in particular to Christian mothers who choose her for their patroness and model. Numberless examples prove that St. Anne obtains great favors for Christian mothers. She preserves peace in married life, restores harmony in discord and often wonderfully changes the bad disposition of a husband, wife, or child. She protects the birth of children in an extraordinary manner: bestows blessings that lighten the task of rearing children properly; brings wayward children back upon the right path; obtains restoration to health for the mother when sick; preserves her precious life for her family, for her helpless children; and prevents the loss of husband and father. She revealed to St. Bridget that she would protect all who live chastely and peacefully in the married state.
St. Anne is glorious among the Saints, not only because she is the mother of Mary, but also because she gave Mary to God. She did not hesitate to sacrifice this child, her greatest joy, to the call of God, dedicating her at the age of three to His service in the Temple. In this she is a beautiful example to parents to foster and encourage vocations to the religious life among their children, rather than running the dread risk of hindering them. Through the intercession of St. Anne, parents come to know and acknowledge divine guidance and learn that children are born to them not for earthly ends, but for God.
I think that pretty much says all that needs to be said. May God be praised for giving us such powerful intercessors in Saints such as Saint Anne, and my we always endeavor to emulate them in every respect through His Grace.
There is much more gold in this book. I hope to return to it another time or two, God willing.
Love ≠ Moral Acceptance of People Doing Whatever They Want October 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, Bible, Domestic Church, episcopate, error, family, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
In all things I have tried to accord the conduct of my life and especially my belief to the Doctrine of the Faith as it is has been exculpated and practiced for centuries, especially the centuries prior to the modernist/leftist infiltration of the Church beginning in the early 20th century. I am more successful, probably, at the latter – the believing – than the practicing.
As I have mentioned numerous times in the past, I have radically altered many previously deeply held beliefs to be more in accord with the Doctrine of the Faith. A few examples of these:
- Contraception is always and everywhere wrong and gravely immoral – I used to not believe this
- Porn use/self-abuse are always and everywhere wrong and gravely immoral – ditto
- Usury, commonly found in capitalist systems, is always and everywhere wrong and gravely immoral – again, I changed
- The form of government established in the USA is fraught with moral problems and compromises that made our present inevitable. So I’ve gone from “USA is the greatest country that ever could be” to………..this thing is a very serious problem and is probably not fixable.
- Abortion is wanton murder of innocent life. There is never any justifiable reason for it – I used to be a bit squishy
- Jesus Christ exists whole and entire in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament of the altar – I always thought it a “symbol”
- Homeschooling is by far the best, and quite possibly the only moral, option for educating children in this day and age – I definitely found this weird
- Sacramental Confession is morally vital for salvation and must be frequently availed of
And the list goes on. I cannot stress how much of a rah-rah USA is the best typical Republican I used to be. That was a core part of my personality, my belief set (even while I had strangely contrary things going on in private). But having learned the Doctrine of the Faith and the myriad ways in which the USA, at its founding, was deliberately contrived to be very contrary to that Doctrine, I now see things very differently.
I was as attached to sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments as anyone could be. Those were, so to speak, my “original sins.” That kind of thing was my first addiction. And I went very, very far down a path of personal immorality and horrific abuses to which I was constantly wedded. I mean, this was a daily, almost constant occurrence. And this later manifested in other, worse things I won’t go into. You could even say that these sins were who I was, so profound a part of my identity they had become.
Obviously, they took many years of enormous pain and effort and sacrifice to overcome. I am by no means perfect in this regard, but I have completely altered my beliefs and almost totally successfully modified my behaviors, and have come to see, with grim realism, the evil that was involved in them, and the harm they did to myself and many others. I am leaving out scads and scads of details, which would shock and dismay most if not all readers. I have a very, very dark past.
But I am hardly unique. Most everyone in this fallen age, having to swim in the moral sewer we occupy, have had similar experiences. Some were more fortunate than others. Some were able to (largely) overcome their sins through much prayer and sacrifice by themselves and often others but basically kept their lives intact. Others have not been so fortunate, and have experienced divorce, collapse of business, etc., as a result of their attachment to sin.
We swim in a sea of lies. The primary one is that the culture, under the influence of leftist thought which has penetrated very deeply into the Church, purports that love = endorsing/approving of everything someone really really wants to do especially if it is of a sexual nature or somehow serves the agencies of the political-cultural Left. This is a total corruption of the proper understanding of love. Love, true love, must always, everywhere, be ordered to the eternal good of souls.
What we see described as “love” even by high-placed Church leaders is really a degraded form of sentimentality that is as pernicious as it is destructive. We absolutely must practice love/charity universally, but the modern world has twisted love from its roots in the salvation of souls to being something very perverse, requiring an endorsement or at least tacit acceptance of things that we know with absolute certainty will lead souls to eternal ruin.
This is not some made up belief I am proclaiming. These are not just my opinions. We have the divine words of Jesus Christ Himself to make this clear to us, as recorded inerrantly – without error – in Sacred Scripture.
Romans i:24-28, 32
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.
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………
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
But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.
And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand.
And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.
Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. ForI came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
To sum up all the above, Saint Paul makes clear the continuation of the constant revelation in the Old Law against those sins which have always been judged by the Church to be particularly noxious for souls and offensive to God. Our Lord tells us very plainly that those who refuse the Doctrine of the Faith are to be excluded from the community of believers, and those who do so obstinately must even at some point be, in a manner of speaking, left apart. And of course Our Blessed Lord told us that His beliefs, which are so contrary to our fallen natures and the evil rulers of this world, would cause strife and division even within families.
ALL OF THIS IS BASED COMPLETELY ON LOVE. True love, that is, love ordered for the best eternal end of souls. That love may seem shockingly contrary to this fallen world and its lying “wisdom,” but it remains all the same.
The early Church was rife with confirmations of all these beliefs. The particular sins decried by Saint Paul were regarded with a particular revulsion by the early Church and were viewed as being particularly egregious. As I noted in another recent post, the martyrs wouldn’t even do something so small as burn a pinch of incense to the emperor. Do you think they turned a blind eye to sins that were so obviously and plainly denounced in the Bible?
What is outlined above is a very brief but also very holistic explanation of the nature of true love ordered for the salvation of souls. It is not sentimental. It is, from the eyes of a world that has become a past master at twisting Scripture to its own ends and finding souls eager to listen, “hard,” unfair, even.
There are many more aspects at play. Much of what we hear within and outside the Church is riven with overtones of moral blackmail. If you “judge,” you don’t love. This is so wrong as to be evil. What we see described as “love” even by high-placed Church leaders is really a degraded form of sentimentality that is as pernicious as it is destructive. We absolutely must practice love/charity universally, but the modern world has twisted love from its roots in the salvation of souls to being something very perverse, requiring an endorsement or at least tacit acceptance of things that we know with absolute certainty will lead souls to eternal ruin. “Love the sinner” has become “never question or correct the sin.” Especially with the particular sin we are discussing now, we are presented with a particularly reprehensible form of blackmail: either you endorse my lifestyle choices, or you do not love me. But in fact the highest act of love is to always work towards the eternal good of souls, which may, at times, require very painful choices.
The one great danger I have seen in these types of situations is that simple, tacit acceptance is rarely enough. There is always heavy pressure to transform that acceptance into full-throated endorsement. That is what has happened to the “Always Our Children” groups here in the Diocese. Whatever they might have been in the beginning, today, these are nothing but vehicles for the proclamation of the glories of perverse lifestyles and the squashing of all opposition.
There’s much more, but I’m running quite long as it is. One additional thing I’d like to bring up is that this blog takes a very strong stand on these matters, especially those related to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, for several reasons. For one, this blog has always been ordered primarily towards the confirmation of the faithful, and much less for those outside the Faith or wavering.
Secondly, I take a very strong stand and use sometimes harsh terms because manipulation of the language is probably the prime means by which the political-cultural Left and the perverse agenda has gained its many “victories.” Yes I decry these sins in terms many find harsh, shocking, and maddening, but it is done to provide a sort of counterweight to the many, many voices out there in the culture declaring 2+2=5, perversion of grace-filled faculties = love, and all the rest.
Finally, I believe God commands it. Many have deeply imbibed a very feminized, or probably better, demasculinized, understanding of the Faith, where the Christian must always been meek and surrendering. That’s not the way most Saints conducted themselves, especially prior to the protestant revolt. What some may believe is harsh uncharitability, others find to be badly needed clarity.
Anyway, perhaps this helps some folks understand a little better where I come from and why I do what I do. I have the zeal of the converted in more ways than most folk can probably imagine.