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Is There a PR Campaign Against Traditionalists…….. May 25, 2017

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…….or is there a resurgence in stereotypical “bad Trad” behavior in parishes that offer the TLM?

Dear reader SB, who I value so much in real life as a great sounding board to bounce ideas off, since SB has been around the TLM since ’91 (two decades more than me), sent me a link to this post at Unam Sanctam Catholicam some time ago.  I had been meaning to get to it, but then a few days ago another reader, MFG, sent me links to two other similar postings (here and here).  MFG wondered if this was perhaps part of some campaign to either give TLMers a bad name or to put them in a box, the suspicion being that perhaps this effort had something to do with the looming SSPX “reconciliation.”

Now, about these posts and the posters.  Of the three, I have total respect for Unam Sanctam Catholicam and know he’s a straight shooter duly reporting what he’s been told.  I also know there is no “agenda” there save perhaps for genuine concern about the health of TLM communities and the continued availability of the ancient Mass.  We all know Father Z and you can draw your own conclusions.  As for the final link above, it’s from the progressive-modernist Commonweal and I would treat any report by them with great skepticism.

Tying all this together for me personally was two sermons given by our pastor lately basically also imploring the faithful not to be “bad trads” by making others feel bad or engaging in much, if any, fraternal correction save in obvious or dire situations.

I won’t get into any of the particular posts but I’ll just share my own experience and my take on this sudden rash of posts seeming to say very much the same thing.  But before I do that I should share a bit about me.  Perhaps you’ve noticed but I really don’t give two shakes what anybody thinks about me.  That’s not entirely true – I’m extremely concerned what my wife, children, and other family and close friends think of me – but generally I’m not out to get people’s approval.  If they like me, fine, if they think I’m an asshole, bully for you and move on along.  I’ve also got a fairly thick skin and don’t mind sharing my opinion (obviously) nor hearing those of others, especially from those I have learned through experience to respect.  I’m generally reserved in real life but if people ask my opinion or I get drawn into a conversation then I don’t mind sharing it.  Having said that, save for close friends and family directly seeking counsel, I virtually never “correct” anyone in their behavior even if I have an issue with it.  However, I’m also perfectly willing to hear correction or exhortations to do better from others and I gladly received just such an exhortation as recently as last week.  Much depends on the source and how it is conveyed, of course.

That being said, the report I take the most seriously is the one from Unam Sanctam Catholicam (USC).  As I said, I trust the source implicitly but I’ve got to say I have rarely heard or seen any evidence of the type of behavior he’s describing – the typical trads complaining because the maniple is tied wrong or the Latin pronunciation is inexact.  I’ll take USCs word for it that he heard that from certain priests but I’m a bit skeptical that the priests were really receiving hyper-critical comments with any regularity.  There could also be a phenomenon at work where a priest going out on a limb expects a lot of praise and adulation from those he’s taking a risk for – and offering the TLM in most dioceses is hardly career enhancing and often career-threatening, so I certainly understand the expectation of praise from the faithful – which might cause even occasional negative comments to be blown out of proportion.  Now really I don’t know anything about the situation or the priests involved so I really shouldn’t comment but I’ll simply state this kind of hyper-critical behavior is, in my experience, quite rare.  It’s also so stereotypical of the “bad trad” behavior that was repeated uncritically in the conservativish Catholic press for a quarter century or more that it sort of sets off alarm bells in the back of my mind.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Moving onto the subject of the local sermons, an exhortation to be very careful when applying fraternal correction, I thought the priest might have gone a bit far in some of his examples/verbiage but the overall point was certainly fine and well-taken.  I am certain this sermon was a reaction to reports/complaints the priest has received.  Now whether those episodes of correction that led to complaints were really malicious or simply misplaced zeal – or even people trying to assuage their own consciences that they are doing right, finding strength in number or whatever – I tend to imagine it is the latter far more than the former.

I also realize not everyone is like me.  Whereas I might hear someone extolling me to lead my family more in communal prayer as a well-meaning concern for my soul and the souls of my family, some people find this kind of talk threatening or as some kind of rebuke.  Perhaps it’s just my jerky nature but when someone goes to pieces because another person extolled the virtues of homeschooling to them (assuming decent tact and decorum) and they’re not homeschooling, well, toughen up buttercup.  That’s no reason to have a 30 minute crying jag in Father’s office.  Again, much would depend on the nature of the relationship between the people involved and what exactly was said, but I’m extremely skeptical that there is much in the way of malicious put-downs or hyper-critical correction going on – at least in the limited TLM communities I’ve been exposed to.

More often than not it’s probably just someone a little bit too on fire for a certain subject that comes on a bit strong.  I don’t see that as “bad Trad” behavior at all.  It’s probably just an error of judgment or a mild personality defect.

Really though outside relatively close personal relationships or directly-sought counsel we lay people probably don’t need to be doing a great deal of direct correcting of each other.  If you see something amiss repeatedly with someone who should no better, probably the best course of action is to quietly bring it to the attention of the competent priest and let them deal with it.  In my experience, they will generally follow through (and do a better job than we would), though it may not happen instantly as we would like.  (or am I being squishy here?  Is the crisis in the Faith so dire the times demand broad sweeping intervention into other’s business?)

At the same time I also think priests and laity should not be so delicate as to get upset about perceived correction (which may be simply a misinterpreted general exhortation).  The priests related by USC, especially, I think did not have the right reasons for offering the TLM.  Certainly there is a pastoral side to making the TLM available, but the real reason for offering ANY Mass is to render worthy honor and glory to God.  The Mass is the ONLY efficacious Sacrifice that is pleasing to God.  Since the TLM is so demonstrably superior in both form and effect every priest should be eager to offer the TLM at every possible alternative, and should not get discouraged if the faithful are not as appreciative and uncritical as he would like.  That’s probably expecting too much from frail human nature but nevertheless I think priests who stop offering the TLM because the laity are not docile enough or appreciative enough for his taste is, I think, pretty weak tea.

As to whether this is an anti-TLM PR campaign I think probably not, it’s probably just coincidence, but you know the old Hardy Boy’s formula: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is CONSPIRACY!!  I think in this internet age, however, where people are hard up for content and want to attract attention, that formula probably needs some modification.

What do you think, or what is your experience?  Is there still a problem of mean ‘ol judgy trads wagging their fingers in innocent faces and driving people away from the TLM?  The way our local parish is growing, I’d have to say their failing if their intent is to keep people away.  Is there a problem with maybe a bit too zealous, perhaps a bit brittle and damaged trads getting too much into other’s business?  I still think my answer would be generally no (SB says she used to see this as a big problem, but not so much anymore).

Or perhaps are Trads and Trad priests maybe so set in their ways and so sure of being right they can’t take correction even when it’s well placed and deserved?

Eucharistic Devotion of the Saints May 24, 2017

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From Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz, some thoughts by great Saints on the nature and benefits of the Eucharist.  More specifically, this excerpt and the quotes contain therein highlight once again the enormous, wholly unearned and amazingly generous Gift Christ makes of the Eucharist.  What really struck me is how careful we should be in receiving the Blessed Sacrament.  Not in a Jansenist sense where an 18th century French Jansenist priest bragged there were zero sacrilegious communions at his parish that Christmas because there were NO communions at his parish!  But we’re in the opposite extreme in the Church now, where it is metaphysical certitude that people persisting in a manifest state of mortal sin are receiving Communion – literally re-crucifying Christ in a mystical way.  And not just a few people, but millions, likely tens or even hundreds of millions every day.

So if you fall into a sin make sure you make a good Confession before receiving!   There is a union there we cannot really even comprehend in this life, but we will in the next, God willing.  It is so sublime and generous on God’s part we can only dimly perceive its outer edges.  But it is not something we should ever trifle with, take advantage of, or assume we have “earned” or is our due.  It is always the most incomprehensible Gift imaginable and we should do all we can to be as little unworthy – as inoffensive, as our own “worthiness” will never happen –  as possible:

Devotion to the Holy Eucharist has been expressed in one way or another by all the Saints of the Church.  This is a statement that cannot be contradicted.  Since Our Lord instituted this holy Sacrament to unite Himself with us, to nourish our souls, and as a means of retaining His presence among us in tabernacles throughout the world, the saints have embraced this treasure with faith and love…….

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the Blessed Sacrament in this way:

Our most loving Redeemer, on the last night of His Life, knowing that the much-longed-for time had arrived on which He should die for the love of man, had not the heart to leave us alone in this valley of tears; but in order that He might not be separated form us even by death, He would leave us His whole self as food in the Sacrament of the Altar; giving us to understand by this that, having given us this gift of infinite worth, He could give us nothing further to prove to us his infinite love. 

This same thought is also expressed by St. Peter of Alcantara, who wrote in one of his meditations:

No tongue is able to express the greatness of the love which Jesus bears to every soul.  Hence that His absence might not be an occasion of forgetting Him, He left to His spouse the Church, before His departure from this world, this most holy Sacrament in which He Himself remained, wishing that between them there should be no other pledge than Himself to keep alive the remembrance of Him.

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi expresses her faith and love for the Sacrament by praying:

O Lord, You are as truly present under the sacramental species as You are in Heaven at the right hand of the Father.  Because I have and possess this great wonder, I do not long for, want, or desire any other. 

St. Teresa of Avila had the following consideration:

I cannot doubt at all at Your Real Presence in the Eucharist.  You have given me such a lively faith that when I hear others say they wish they had been living when You were on earth, I laugh to myself, for I know that I possess You as truly in the Blessed Sacrament as people did then, and I wonder what more anyone could possibly want.

St. Teresa of Avila gives us cause to consider the great wisdom and kindness of Our Savior in veiling Himself under the appearance of bread.  She prays:

How could I, a poor sinner, who have so often offended You, dare to approach You, O Lord, if I beheld You in all Your majesty?  Under the appearance of bread, however, it is easy to approach You, for if a king disguises himself, it seems as if we do not have to talk to him with so much circumspection and ceremony.  If You were not hidden, O Lord, who would dare to approach You with such coldness, so unworthily, and with so many imperfections?

Saint Bernard calls the Sacrament of the Altar “The Love of loves,” while St. Thomas Aquinas said that the Holy Eucharist is “a Sacrament of love and a to ken of the greatest love that a God could give us.”

Saint Lawrence Justinian tell us, “We have seen the All-Wise made foolish by an excess of love” – to which the Cure of Ars, St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney, adds, “I tis the destiny of every consecrated Host to melt with love in a human heart.”

It is said of St. Francis of Assisi that “every fiber of his heart was kindled into love for the Sacrament of Christ’s Body,” and he constantly urged his brothers to bring others to know and love Christ living in the Blessed Sacrament.  From this love sprang  St. Francis deep reverence for priests.  He declared that if confronted  with an angel and  an unworthy priest, he would kiss the hand that had touched the Body of Christ before saluting the angel.  One day someone pointed out a priest living in notorious sin. Francis instantly knelt before him, kissing his hands and saying, “These hands have touched my Lord, and out of love for Him I honor His vicar.  For himself he may be bad; but for me he is good.”  Even before his conversion, St. Francis honored Our Lord in the Eucharist by sending costly and beautiful gifts to adorn poor churches.  He felt nothing was good enough for the dwelling place of Christ. [Contrast that with  the brutalist bathhouse design of most parishes today and of the past 70 years]

Our Lord’s words, “Take ye and eat, this is My Body……” inspired St. John Chrysostom to remark, “It is as if He had said, ‘Eat me, that the highest union may take place.’” The Saint further remarked, “To that Lord on whom the angels even dare not fix their eyes, to Him we unite ourselves, and we are made one body, one flesh.” Of this union St. Cyril of Alexandria observed that “as two pieces of melted wax unite together, so a soul that communicates is so thoroughly united to Jesus that Jesus remains in it, and it in Jesus.”

St. Francis de Sales concludes:

In no action does our Savior show Himself more loving or more tender than in this one, in which, as it were, He annihilates Himself and reduces Himself to food in order to penetrate our souls and unite Himself to the hearts of His faithful ones.

———End Quote———-

Hundreds of Thousands of Pilgrims Fill Fatima to Overflowing…… May 18, 2017

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……..but the ongoing wreckovation that has affected even this most sacred of locales caused many thousands to be forced to stand outside the large outdoor sanctuary which was built to attract the great number of souls who have a powerful devotion to Our Lady and the apparitions at Fatima.  About 1/3 of the former area for pilgrims to worship has been dedicated to a modernist monstrosity designed in typically post-conciliar brutalist style:

All the above from The Fatima Center.

Finally a very interesting video from Bishop Fulton Sheen’s show Life is Worth Living.  He ties together the Russian Revolution with Fatima and and the consecration of Eugenio Pacelli, the future Ven. Pope Pius XII, who was nothing if not an ardent anti-communist (who saw much of his work done by perhaps the least anti-communist, or pro-hard left, pope to ever reign – at least till now – Paul VI).  I wish I could say more but time prohibits, but trust me, it’s a powerful tale and well told.  Did you know a communist tried to assassinate then Archbishop Pacelli? Enjoy!

 

Texas Motorists Rush into Flood to Save Babies May 5, 2017

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I know this has gotten wide coverage already so everybody probably saw it well before I did (last night), but this occurred fairly close to home, just outside the Diocese of Dallas in the neighboring Diocese of Tyler, and it’s pretty awesome.  There are some swear words which are not always fully bleeped out, but I think they can be forgiven given the situation.  It gives hope to see a bunch of men, strangers to each other, working together to save other strangers from a life-threatening situation.  I’m sure the same could be seen in many states, but probably not California, and certainly not New  York.

Heh.

I also like the lady praying for the deliverance of those involved.  It may be protestant type prayer, but the Holy Name always carries power with it, no matter who utters it reverently.

They say one of the babies started breathing right after the woman implored our Blessed Lord to restore his breath.

Hurrah for KC Archbishop Naumann – He Banned the Girl Scouts! May 3, 2017

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Now complete the task and also sever ties with the morally lost, transgender-accepting Boy Skirts of America.

Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann issued a statement earlier this week severing the Archdiocese’s decades-long association with the Girl Scouts in favor of Christian-based scouting organizations.  I praise the Archbishop for doing so, while noting it is well past time for such moves, and praying that far more diocesan ordinaries will have the faith, zeal, and concern for souls (IOW, the stones) to do the same:

Saying that Girl Scouts is “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is severing ties with the organization and switching its support to a Christian-based scouting program.

“I have asked the pastors of the Archdiocese to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girls troops,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement released Monday. [American Heritage Girls are not without their problems.  They have a strong evangelical protestant bent, and I have heard of efforts to convert Catholics who join.  But it is far superior to the Girl Scouts.  What we need is a Catholic alternative like the Troops of St. George for boys.]

“Pastors were given the choice of making this transition quickly, or to, over the next several years, ‘graduate’ the scouts currently in the program. Regardless of whether they chose the immediate or phased transition, parishes should be in the process of forming American Heritage Girl troops, at least for their kindergartners, this fall.” [I would prefer a quick clean break, but probably this is the more politic approach]

American Heritage Girls, founded in 1995, has become an option for those who say Girl Scouts has become too liberal and has relationships with organizations that support abortion rights and do not share traditional family values — allegations the Girl Scouts deny. [They can deny all they want, but numerous exposes and investigations have proved that the Girl Scouts has wandered far into sexular paganism and has expansive ties with Planned Barrenhood and similar organizations]

Naumann also called for an end to Girl Scout cookie sales in the archdiocese.

“No Girl Scout cookie sales should occur in Catholic Schools or on parish property after the 2016-2017 school year,” he said in a letter to priests in January.

The action has angered some Girl Scout leaders and parents in the archdiocese, who say Girl Scouts is a respected program that helps raise strong girls who become good stewards. They call the move punitive and unfair and say it treats girls in their troops like second-class citizens. [Oh for crying out loud, it does nothing of the sort.  It is not as if there is no alternative being offered.  And the very recourse to this kind of emotional appeal is redolent of progressivism.]

“This is frustrating; parents are very irritated,” said Maria Walters, a former Girl Scout leader in the archdiocese and mother of two Girl Scouts. “I feel we should all be together as one in the community. This does nothing but divide us……….[IOW, any opposition to the progressive cause is divisive.  Gotcha.]

……….Some Girl Scout leaders disagreed, saying they were never consulted about the decision and that some of their girls had been bullied because they were involved in Scouts. [B as in B, S as in…….let me translate this into reality: some girls may have faced questions as to why they belonged to a radical feminist organization, or had their feelings hurt when told “no” by someone who doesn’t want to support such an organization when they tried to sell their overpriced cookies.  That is not bullying.  Anything contrary to your super special snowflake’s every wish and whim is not an offense against God and nature, nor is it violence or bullying.]

………..Naumann said Girl Scouts contributes more than a million dollars each year to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which he called “an organization tied to International Planned Parenthood and its advocacy for legislation that includes both contraception and abortion as preventive health care for women.” [Those connections have been amply proved. For example: this, and this, and this.  Under increasing pressure from organizations like the Catholic Church, the Girl Scouts USA did replace their former rabidly pro-abort president with a more moderate one in 2016. But the institutional rot remains, as do myriad problems with state and regional councils, some of which really do use pornographic sex-ed materials from Planned Parenthood and without parental supervision.]

He also said that many of those who have been cited as role models by Girl Scouts “not only do not reflect our Catholic worldview but stand in stark opposition to what we believe.”

The Girl Scouts, which has 1.9 million girl members and 800,000 adult members nationwide, does not take a position or develop materials on human sexuality, birth control or abortion, according to its website. And despite what critics say, the organization says, it does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. [This is a vague and misleading statement, and is also another case of the media turning news into opinion.  It might be possible to say the national organization has very recently severed former ties with Planned Barrenhood, or that some state or regional councils have, but not that “there is no relationship.”] 

“Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature,” it says.

Again, this is countered by a mass of contrary data.  Any search on Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood will return thousands of hits.

The overall tone of the piece was hostile towards the archdiocese’s decision, which is hardly a surprise, given that reporter/opinionator Judy Thomas is the same one who ran Bishop Finn out on a rail.

This makes two dioceses in the Missouri area that have terminated their relationship with Girl Scouts.  The Archdiocese of St. Louis did the same last year.  May more bishops avail themselves of God’s grace to do the same.

The Foundational Conceit of Atheism Is The Disproven Idea that the World Would Be Better Without God May 2, 2017

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Great point from persecuted and embattled Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto below.  I agree with most of what he says, except for the part about reading Nietzsche.  Only a rare intellect like Peterson’s can penetrate beneath the surface of Nietzsche and not get lost in horrific nihilism, which I wish he would warn his students about before sending them off to read him.  Few readers of Nietzsche come away from the experience with a strengthened faith. Indeed, there are probably fewer souls who have led more people away from God and into the dark, blind alley of atheism than Nietzsche, who lost his mind in the process of trying to reimagine a benign humanist morality cut off from Eternal Truth.

But aside from that, Peterson obliterates the fundamental conceit of atheism, which is that a world without belief in God would be a much better place. Atheists are wholly wrong in this assumption.  In fact, as Peterson rightly notes, atheists basically assume the continuation of an essentially Christian moral order (all the “good parts” they like, with none of the “bad,” such as the strictures against unchastity and perversion – the very sins which have probably driven more souls out of the Church and into heresies and irreligion than any other) with concern for one’s fellow man and a sort of benign, if sterile, humanism remaining after they rid the world of the God the Father they hate so much for telling them no.    Should atheism ever be fully realized – and we see it’s realization more and more every day, with growing cruelty, random acts of violence, hedonist gathering of riches, all manner of perversion often perpetrated on damaged, victim like souls – it would be an unending nightmare because nothing would check our baser instincts, ending inevitably in brutish anarchy with the collapse of civilization or a hideous totalitarianism.  It would be a new barbarianism, made a million times worse by technology.

This is a huge conceit and common to virtually all the evangelical atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  They propose an enlightened world of kindness and self-denying reason, basically a realization of many of the Christian virtues, but without Christ.  Sounds rather like some of our prelates in these days, too! Peterson shows that, in point of fact, self-interest, even to the point of being sadistic, can be completely rational.  Without a higher, transcendent morality to guide and limit human behavior, there are no limits to the depths to which we can, and surely will, sink.

If you ever get a chance, you might watch some of debate between Peterson and Harris.  I was very proud of Peterson – though I disagree with him on a number of vital points – refusing to give into the common ploy of modern day atheists/rationalists, that of forcing their opponents to their essentially materialist conception of the universe and putting Christianity to rationalist, supposedly scientific “tests.”  Since what is called science today was deliberately contrived by Descartes, Bacon, and the rest to exclude the supernatural, the theological, Christians are instantly hobbled by agreeing to play on this playing field. Far better is to challenge atheists to prove their grounds for a higher morality or truth WITHOUT God.  They flounder in the attempt.

Sadly there are few in high positions of leadership in the Church today who can recognize these traps and not only escape them, but turn the failed logic on their atheist opponents. I am thinking now in particular of Cardinal Pell’s (supposedly one of the good guys) exceedingly poor performance in a debate with Richard Dawkins a few  years ago.  What an appalling showing it was.

PS – Peterson is a bit of an acquired taste and I do not recommend him wholeheartedly.  While he remains nominally Christian he has favored science, and especially disordered late 19th and 20th century philosophy, far too much in trying to develop a cogent amalgam of sciencism and Christianity.   Read Edward Feser for the pitfalls awaiting this attempt (science is fine, but must be grounded in Christianity with the Faith dominant in all relevant aspects), and Fr. Dominic Bourmaud for the fundamental faults of all rationalistic philosophy.

Still, he does great work destroying many aspects of leftism and its evangelical subset, atheism.  His qualifications to make the observations he does above are impeccable, he has for nearly 30 years been a professor of clinical psychology with an active practice treating very difficult cases.  He is a great expert in the human psyche, especially from a worldly point of view but he is a relatively rare scientist today in both not excluding the supernatural/spiritual aspect of human nature, which is immense, and in not having his scientific beliefs dictated by political ideology.  Like Neil de Grasse Tyson and that idiot Bill Nye.

Blessed Miguel Pro, the Cristiada, and the Synagogue of Satan May 1, 2017

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Great sermon from Padre Not Tony Romo, on the life and suffering of Blessed Miguel Pro.  He then ties in his own apostolate trying to re-establish the authentic practice of the Faith in Latin America generally and once so devout Mexico in particular.

As is widely known, Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, was one of many Catholic priest-martyrs of the Cristiada in Mexico, which developed after a masonic-inspired cabal of Christ-hating pseudo-revolutionaries gained control of that tortured nation’s governance.  I did not know, as Father relates, that Blessed Miguel Pro levitated during his final Mass before his capture and martyrdom, nor that his face was transfigured as on Mount Tabor.  Very interesting.

I like how Father notes the false Catholics of our time (and all times), those who, when confronted with a contradiction between the Truth of Jesus Christ and the ways of the world, choose the world over Jesus Christ.  Father does not say this, but the greatest reason for the crisis in the human element of the Church is that the vast majority of priests and prelates today are of just that type of Catholic, those who choose the world over Jesus Christ in the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  In fact, there was an entire ecumenical council that was captured, or hijacked, by this same spirit.  Or, at least, many think, and so it seems.

Many of those who choose the world over Christ lambaste those who still cling to Christ and His Truth as extremists, fanatics. Amazingly, guns are no longer needed to persecute the Faith out of Catholics, Catholics have largely voluntarily lost their faith under the bad example of so many priests and prelates, the errors taught since 1965, and the practice of all manner of immodesty, unchastity, and personal filthiness.  That is to say, the reason men like Plutarco Calles used violence was to force Catholics of the time to lose their faith through exposure to evils like pronographic sexual education in the state schools that replaced parochial schools.  Today, people happily partake of far worse of their own volition.

Good sermon:

I have had the privilege of meeting this priest and I follow his apostolate with some closeness.  I continue to be impressed with his devotion to the many souls in his care and efforts to restore the Catholic Faith in Mexico, which never really

Sorry if this is too many sermons for one day!

Two Complimentary Views of the Crisis in the Church May 1, 2017

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I originally thought to frame this post as two contrasting views, but that wouldnt’ be right.  Yes the Church is in dire straits, possibly enduring the worst crisis in her long history, as Michael Matt notes in the first video, but that might only make the likelihood of God working a miraculous turnaround even greater, as the priest notes in the second video.

Both are very much worth your time and consideration, especially, in the first, for the heartfelt eulogy Mr. Matt delivers for his departed friend and co-worker in the devastated vineyard, John Vennari.  I think there is worth in fleshing out something Matt alludes to, as well: he repeatedly defends Vennari, and himself, for their “strident” beliefs in noting they were simply elucidating the Doctrine of the Faith as it has always been believed and practiced.  The other side, the progressive-modernist side, does not get this; because they elevate, heck, exalt, their own opinion above that of the solemnly defined Doctrine of the Faith to such a marked extent, they assume everyone else must do this as well.  Thus they smear Catholics with “extemism” in defending what has always been the de fide mind of the Church, but which so many, including probably most bishops, now dismiss as mere opinion.

It’s a good video:

Also worth watching is this video on on the great corollary notion, the historical fact of God working improbable, even impossible turnarounds, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again.  Now most of the examples below are examples of personal conversion or healing, rather than the societal/ecclesiastical restoration, which we desperately need today, but there are certainly plenty of the latter I can think of.  The Counter-Reformation, what might better be called the Great Catholic Counter-revolution, is probably the most obvious.  There were a dozen different periods between 1520 and 1660 when the entire Catholic Faith faced seeming extinction in the face of the protestant onslaught.

And, of course, it was Athanasius contra mundum in 320 or so.  Then there was Joan of Arc saving France from English domination and, through that and the folly of Henry VIII, the ascendance of false protestantism over Christianity in the 16th century.  The very foundation of our Faith is based in a miraculous recovery from the darkest of events, when it seemed the Savior of the world had been put to death and crushed beneath a tyrannical people’s hatred.

But there is some really interesting catechesis from ~13:00 – 17:30 when the priest discusses the role of the occult on both the Allied and Axis side in WWII and the ascendance of the post-Christian ultra-rationalist cult of scientific materialism since.  We are plainly as a culture and Church experiencing God’s wrath for our lack of faith and deviance from not only devotion to Him but to the very truth itself.

The sermon also includes an illuminating study of the horrid pantheistic neo-pagan cult ceremony that marked the opening of the Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland.  That was a literal flipping of the bird towards God.  And yes there was a Catholic priest, in addition to a protestant pseudo-cleric, a rabbi, and an imam there to bless it all.  But Father sees much greater meaning in a performance that many just saw as strange, offensive, and gross.  It was a veritable recapping in ghoulish song and perverse dance of the descent of Christendom from its former glory through communistic materialism to the sexual revolution and now into neo-pagan violence, decadence, and self-degradation.  I forgot they had a huge picture of Bahomet on the screen and ultimately ended in Gaia-worship.  How sick.  That part of the sermon from roughly 18:30 – 27:00.  “The highway for hell has been opened for easy travel.”  Indeed.

Father, however, prophecies that we are poised for a great reversal from God.  Historically, however, we have to comprehend that several of these historical reversals entailed destruction on a national or even societal scale in order to clear away all the evil and set a path for restoration.  The fallen pagan order must cease to exist in order for the Reign of Christ to return.

I don’t want to steal all of Father’s thunder but it’s very well worth listening to.

The Factual Case for Christ’s Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection April 17, 2017

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Great sermon below.  I have a vague sense of posting this some years ago when I first heard it, but I can’t find it now.  Most likely, it will be new to you.

I really like how the priest points out the constant errors and failed declarations of modern science, which Dr. Edward Feser proved quite convincingly has evolved into a false religion of its own in his great book The Last Superstition.  Not only that, but Descartes, Bacon, and others, filled with rationalist hubris, deliberately contrived “science” as something which would always war against religion, since they posited, and managed to convince great scads of people with, the notion that “science” would, and could, only be concerned with the material, what could be weighed, measured, and/or directly observed.  In doing so, they set science on a radically different course from what it had held since ancient times, where theology was always regarded as the highest, or sacred, science.  Not only was this a radically different course, but one that would inevitably become hostile, and develop a cultus of its own that would demand acceptance of claims on faith from the vast, vast majority of people, including the scientists themselves.

Thus, while no one has ever come close to observing the “big bang,” it is held as a dogma today.  Evidence in support of the evolution of species is almost entirely inferential and open to argument, but argument is not permitted, lest one be called a science denier, or in a more ancient parlance, a heretic.  The almost constant failures of science, such as those described below, are conveniently forgotten, while evidence from thousands regarding religious events like the apparitions at Fatima are derided as mass hysteria or a pious hoax.

But the evidence, even in this proud, skeptical scientific age, for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection are overwhelming, as this priest notes below.  The vast preponderance of the evidence confirms that Christ lived, that He was crucified, that He was buried, and then rose again in spectacularly mysterious circumstances.  The Shroud of Turin continues to this day to be scientifically inexplicable, as no known technology today could have created the image of the Shroud, let alone that of 2000 years ago.  There is much, much more besides, in this excellent sermon which I believe dates (or is a repeat) from 2012 or 13:

Of course the tragedy of the Church today is that, to a degree never before seen in her history, the vast majority of self-described Catholics, whether lay, priest, or episcopate, doubt much or all of the Gospel account of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.  Most, no matter how scientifically illiterate, accept the claims of science as a matter of faith, but have severe doubts as to whether Christ instituted the Eucharist in a literal sense, commands obedience to the Doctrine He has given us, fed the 5000, was resurrected, or even lived.  I have heard or read “priests in good standing” in Holy Mother Church express their disbelief on all of those realities, and many more besides.  I could easily segue to another subject, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole today.

The Church has weathered innumerable crises in her long history, but never before has she been so afflicted with such an enormous lack of faith, and lack of belief in core matters of Doctrine, as she is today.  It is a crisis of limitless proportions and shows little sign of abating, let alone resolving.  But God has worked miraculous recoveries in the past.  May He have the mercy on us to do so again.

Saint John Eudes on the Admirable Heart of Mary                        April 10, 2017

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From one of the relatively few of the great mass of writings of the great Saint John Eudes that have been translated into English and survived to the present day (many were lost in the French Revolution against God), comes this excerpt of The Admirable Heart of of Mary.  We are in Holy Week, a very appropriate time for pondering on the wonders of our Immaculate Mother.  Saint John Eudes had enormous devotion to Our Lady and in some respects may be said to have pushed knowledge of Our Lady and veneration of her Immaculate Heart to new heights.  I can say with certainty that the ecumaniacal faction at Vatican II, which went to such pains to limit conciliar statements on the glory of the Blessed Mother, would find some of his statements quite objectionable.  But that says far more about them, than it does this holy man.

From pp. 4-5,7, an exegesis centering on a passage from the Apocalypse (and the amazingly efficacious apparition at Guadalupe) that reveals the wondrous nature of the Holy Mother of God and her admirable heart:

Among the divinely inspired passages of Sacred Scripture I select one from the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, which is a compendium of all the great things that can be said or thought of our marvelous Queen: “A great sign appeared in Heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars” (Apoc xii:1).

What is this great sign?  Who is this miraculous woman?  Saint Epiphanius, Saint Augustine, Saint Bernard, and many other holy doctors agree that the woman is Mary, Queen among women, the Sovereign of angels and men, the Virgin of virgins.  She is the woman who bore in her chaste womb the perfect man, the God-man. “A woman shall compass a man” (Jer xxxi:22).

Mary appears in Heaven because she comes from Heaven, because she is Heaven’s masterpiece, the Empress of Heaven, its joy and its glory, in whom everything is heavenly. Even when her body dwelt on earth, her thoughts and affections were all rapt in Heaven.

She is clothed with the eternal sun of the Godhead and with all the perfections of the divine essence, which surround, fill, and penetrate her to such an extent that she has become transformed, as it were, into the power, goodness, and holiness of God.

She has the moon under her feet to show that the entire world is beneath her.  None is above her, save only God, and she holds absolute sway over all created things.

She is crowned with twelves stars that represent the virtues which shine so brightly in her soul.  The mysteries of her life are as many stars more luminous by far than the brightest lights of the sky.  The privileges and prerogatives God has granted to her, the least of which is greater than anything shining in the firmament of Heaven, as well as the glory of the saints of Paradise and of earth, are her crown and her glory in a much fuller sense than the Philippians could be said to be the crown and joy of Saint Paul (Phil iv:1).

But why does the Holy Ghost call Mary “a great sign?”  It is simply to tell us that everything in her is wonderful, and that the marvels that fill her being should be proclaimed to the entire world, so that she may become an object of the admiration of the inhabitants of Heaven as well as for mankind on earth, and so that she may be the sweet delight of angels and men.

This is likewise the reason why the Holy Ghost inspires the faithful throughout the world to sing in her praise: Mater admirabilis.  “O Mother Most Admirable.” Moreover, according to the testimony of several trustworthy authors, a holy Jesuit who once asked the Mother of God to reveal to him which of the many titles in her Litany was most pleasing to her received this same answer: Mater admirabilis.

Mary is truly admirable in all her perfections and in all her virtues.  But what is most admirable in her is her virginal heart.  The heart of the Mother of God is a world of marvels, an abyss of wonders, the source and principal of all the virtues which we admire in our glorious Queen: “All the glory of the king’s daughter is within.”  It was through the humility, purity, and love of her most holy heart that she merited to become the Mother of God and to receive the graces and privileges with which God enriched her on earth.  These same sublime virtues of her Immaculate Heart have rendered her worthy of the glory and happiness that surround her in Heaven, and of the great marvels that God has wrought in and through her.

Do not be surprised if I say that the virginal heart of the Mother of Fair Love is an admirable heart indeed.  Mary is admirable in her divine maternity because as Saint Bernadine of Siena says, “to be Mother of God is the miracle of miracles,” miraculum miraculorum.  But the august heart of Mary is also truly admirable, for it is the principle of her divine maternity and of the wonderful mysteries this privilege implies………

Now a prayer composed by the Saint for the blessing of Our Lady on his work, but which I thought many would find worth making their own:

O most holy Mary, Thy divine Son, Jesus, hath created thy heart, and He alone knows the great treasures He has hidden therein.  He it was who lit the fire burning in this furnace, and none but He can measure the heights reached by the flames which leap from its abyss.  He alone can measure the vast perfections with which He has enriched the masterpiece of His all-powerful goodness, or count the innumerable graces He has poured into this ocean of grace: “He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw here, and numbered her, and measured her” (Eccl i:9).

And now I beseech thee, O most Blessed Virgin Mary, through thy heart and for the honor of that very heart to offer me to thy beloved Son and pray that He may annihilate my personality and set Himself in the place of my nothingness, so that not my voice but His may be heard.  May Jesus Christ be the author of all my works, and I but the instrument of His surpassing love for thee and of the zeal with which He watches over the honor of thy most worthy heart.  May He inspire the thoughts He wishes to see expressed by me and the very words I should use.  May His blessing rest in fullest measure on all who do the same, and may He transform so that hearts may be purified, enlightened, and inflamed with the sacred fire of His love.  In a word, may they become worthy to live according to God’s heart and to be numbered among the children of the maternal heart of God’s own Mother.

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