31 December 2012

Saint Louis Catholic Year in Review

It certainly has been a strange year, both in the Church at large and with your local blogger. The following items may or may not be in any order, chronological or otherwise:

1. The rule of law in this country has been dying from a thousand cuts for quite a while now, and I don't wish to analyze just which cut was first. But I can certainly tell you which one was last: the decision of the Supreme Court, authored by Catholic Chief Justice John Roberts, to pretend that Obamacare was permitted under the Constitution. Excrement on paper would have been more defensible. There is no longer a Constitution, if there was one. There is no more rule of law. There is only one political party-- the government party. Its judicial appointees serve to provide a veneer of legality to government whim. There is only tyranny, enforced by ever more intrusive technology.

2.  It has been a strange year on the blog front, too.  The gains of traditional Catholicism within the universal Church go on, but on a very definitely less spectacular scale than from 2005-2008.  Though the news of the universal Church is covered on many Catholic blogs, some of them quite good, the news of the Church in Saint Louis is covered by few.  Frankly, there hasn't been much, and what news there has been has typically been bad.  Thus my own writing has been streaky-- sometimes I feel the old creativity, and sometimes I can barely look at it (yes, dear reader, I know, you feel the same way).  One of the things I have liked about this site is that it is a mix of original writing, devotional material, humor, news and expanded Church bulletin stuff.  Plus the writer has impeccable taste in music and movies.  That being said, I am tired of the cut and paste news stuff, and in the New Year I hope to write more original posts, even if it means posting somewhat less.  If I can't, here is the first warning shot that the blog may go away.

3.  I have been ruminating quite a bit over the arbitrariness of life, and the many natural attachments that Our Lord strips from us in order to find that our true happiness lies only in Him.  It seems like I am entering the proverbial desert.

In more conventional detachment news, many friends my wife and I have come to know through the Church have left town in the past year, or will in the new year.  Some are particularly hard to take.  It is unusual to find a friend with whom one has so much in common, and yet whose differences are such that make the common experiences of friendship so enjoyable.  The desert beckons.  Spiritual directors, friends, priests, prelates, and family all can lead us to Him, but they are not Him.  May God's will always be done, and may I be given the grace not only to endure it, but to lovingly accept it and will it myself.

4. Finally, the Christmas season has again led me to reflect with gratitude to God that the Church really is the Body of Christ, and the Church visible on earth is where we encounter our foretaste of heaven.  Comparing gatherings with our friends and family in the Church with our more secular gatherings this season drives the point home clearly, at which the rest of the year only hints.  

May God bless you abundantly in the coming year.

Christus nobis natus est!  Venite adoremus!

TE DEUM laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates; To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, The glorious choir of the Apostles,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, the wonderful company of Prophets,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia, Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
Patrem immensae maiestatis: the Father of infinite Majesty;
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum. Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum. Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Iudex crederis esse venturus. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari. Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae. V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum. R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te. V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi. R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire. V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri. R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te. V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum. R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.


evann said...

Happy New Year!

Fr. Andrew said...

Happy New Year!

I would enjoy more feature work, if you can swing it.

Regarding your friend, I'd encourage you in a couple ways: I believe Father Z has the phrase in Latin but translated (Ordinary Form?) it says: "Don't let the bastards get you down." If you acted without malice- and I believe you- then the wound was taken-and being held- unjustly.

Veni Creator Spiritus!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the good work you have done through this blog and please know how edifying many of your posts have been. May God bless you in this new year.

BH in the 417

Forward-Slash_S said...

Point #1 ... +1, and to risk sounding a little conspiracy theory-ish, those little cameras on your mobile device are able to do many things.

Regarding your warning shot that this excellent blog might go away, I would join the legions who would entreat you to reconsider. There would be a definite void. Maybe freshen things up a bit ... a bi-weekly guest blog post perhaps, or an updated masthead. Don't sweat the 'cut-n-paste' news stuff mixed in with thoughtful writing - it works. Look at Drudge, which is nothing more than links to stories, but widely regarded in its importance. Is not St. Louis Catholic blog much more? I think it is.

On this day, the Octave of the Nativity, remember your site dedication to Our Blessed Mother and for her maternal guidance and protection ... also recall many good men were forged in the wasteland of the desert only to become stronger for the journey.

Our Lady's intercessions for and may her protective mantle remain on the Timman household in 2013!


Anonymous said...

A blog is supposed to express the observations and concerns of an individual. Certainly one or more readers may take offense at the writer's rhetoric, but that does not mean the writer should be silent. It is difficult to read blogs which are offensive and intolerant. However, it is better that we know about such attitudes, beliefs, and positions so that we are aware of the plurality of thought in our world.

Although I think that the author of St. Louis Catholic is intolerant and unwilling to accept others' points of view, I never would campaign to silence the writer and responders. I want to know what others are thinking about the Catholic church, its practices and teachings. I do not appreciate being told that one type of mass is the "only" correct mass when in fact the so called correct mass was the result of an evolving process. One may prefer a latin mass, but that does not make other forms of the mass and vestments wrong.

There is a certain pomposity about this blog, but that is as it should be. After all, it is an individual's personal expression that naturally takes on a self-righteous attitude. It is CRITICAL that this individual and others have a voice, that they are not silenced by others who are equally self-righteous and dogmatic.

The author of this blog needed an instrument to express his beliefs, perhaps in the hope he would find like-minded souls who, in their agreement with him, would provide him strength and a measure of peace. Clearly, if his rhetoric is to be taken seriously, this is an unhappy and perhaps spiritually lonely man seeking to convert others to his way of thinking. Oh, he is not constantly unhappy and lonely, but frequently enough that he needs to write about it. Again, it is critical that he continue.

That he loses friends is a consequence, perhaps. Possibly he may choose different vocabulary to express his thoughts, adopt a more tolerant attitude of others thoughts and practices without compromising his own. No, he need not be politically correct in his statements. Behaving this way would silence his voice. However, he need not be so dogmatic in his expression that he comes across as intolerant and narrow-minded. Perhaps remind the readers that the expressions represent the writer's beliefs.

None of us is going to hell because we do not wear veils on our heads. It is a pious practice. No woman should be made to feel inferior if she does not. Nor should those who have no suit be criticized for attending mass wearing jeans.

Those of us who cling to particular traditions, be they cultural or theological often feel threatened which change occurs. Our security blankets seem to be shredding. What are we to do? We panic. Yet in our lives we create new traditions as we age and alter our lives. Do we cry foul because we are afraid that if traditions are changed we lose control?

Jesus changed a whole lot of practices and traditions. His disciples modified traditions and practices as have those who follow them. We have to commandments to follow---love and honor God and love our neighbor. Ultimately we must decide with our creator how to go about this. No one else, no institution, no other individual can do this for us. However, many of us will turn to others and institution(s)for assistance.

The author of St. Louis Catholic may well be an instrument of peace to many readers. He should not cease to write, but rather continue in the spirit of love and understanding.

May 2013 bring him and his readers a measure of peace as they pursue living to honor their creator.

A reader who sits in the last pew of the church. MP

No proof reading, lest revision curtails the spontaneous response sent from the heart.

Karen said...

We are all in the desert; that is why we need to support each other. I love your blog. Your blog, as I think I have commented in the past, was instrumental in bringing me to the Oratory and especially the TLM, which I respectfully disagree with the last commentor, MP, is absolutely the correct form of the Mass. Yes, the Mass evolved slowly over hundreds of years, not revolutionized in a matter of less than a decade. But I digress. I know it was God who brought about my second major conversion, but he used you to effect it. I am so in love with God and His Holy Church and the beautiful Latin Mass and I have you to thank even though you probably didn't even know you had been instrumental. You give us in St. Louis your excellent perspective on what is happening in the Church and the world. So you cut and paste sometimes. No blog can avoid it. Your writing, IMHO, is excellent and I can tell you are learned and a reader of great literature, both religious and other. You inspire me to also read these great writers. Because of your most excellent blog, which you humbly joke of only 7 readers, I did some detective work to find out exactly who you were at the donut sessions after High Mass and I think I have found you. I was in front of you at the coffee table last Sunday and you were whistling. I turned to see who was so jolly and you looked at me and said "it's what I do". I haven't gotten up the nerve to walk up to you and introduce myself but I appreciate your blog, your posts, your writing, and your constant pulling of me and others toward God more than you know. Our Lady is there working through you. She will give you the strength you need to continue and we need you. As far as I'm concerned, in St. Louis you are the "voice of one crying in the wilderness". There really are some listening. Keep going. You are changing lives and souls.

thetimman said...

Karen, thank you. I don't know what is more difficult for me to read-- compliments like yours or the type of comment left by MP.

X said...

MP, congratulations, you're a protestant, not that they'd have you. Move back one pew and go with God. It's nice, I think, that you let God in on the decision making process, it's good for His ego.
I wouldn't describe this blogger as unhappy and lonely more like whiny and pathetic, but what would you expect from a grown man who reads Jane Austen and wants people to, like, come and know this?
Still he's come a long way, when I first met him he was a nun twirling, world youth day, JP2 we luv u catholic. You know the type, well, look who I'm asking?

Karen, you may need to seek counseling. Did you touch the hem of his garment?

As for the blogger, what was it Lynn Anderson said lo those many years ago, something about a rose garden?

thetimman said...

X, I hope you never stop reading-- and commenting. Balm for the soul, indeed.

One quibble, there was no nun-twirling.

And wait until I start writing on my new Willa Cather kick.

Athelstane said...

Hello Timman,

I also appreciate your blog, and would be very sad to see it go silent. Of course, you must decide what is best for your own spiritual health and that of your family. But I hope that St. Louis Catholic will be with us for a while longer yet.

As 2012 came to close, I was gratified to end it by attending mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory during my brief annual holiday trip into town. I was reminded of how much I missed it. I have regular access to the TLM where I live now, in exile, but it is not quite the same as what you are fortunate enough to enjoy every week, every day at SFDS.

I do have one question: What was the devotion celebrated after the 10am mass on Sunday (12/30)? The audio was hard to pick up. And I did not have time to linger afterwards at coffee to ask anyone, alas.

thetimman said...


After every Mass, there are prayers for Archbishop Carlson. And every last Sunday of the month, there is Eucharistic Benediction.

Happy New Year!

Marc said...