30 June 2014

I Apologize




For posting about this "story" at STLToday, but the headline is absolutely brilliant:

St. Louis gay Pride parade welcomes and adores four newly married city couples


I mean, is there any further evidence needed that a) our society is down the tubes, and b) journalism is beyond dead?

Certainly, an event that acknowledges its "pride" and "adores" mere people (let alone notorious sodomites) is satanic in origin and orientation. But I think you knew that.

Of course, as you must have guessed, too, if you gave this event a nanosecond of thought, the Great Catholic Rainbow Mayor Slay was leading the parade:

ST. LOUIS • Richard Eaton and John Durnell carefully climbed into the back of the ’59 Chevy Impala convertible and eased themselves atop the red vinyl backseat next to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

It was just minutes before Sunday’s annual St. Louis PrideFest parade. Durnell was having a hard time balancing himself and finding the space to hold aloft a sign on a pole with wedding bells.

“Just Married,” it read.

After Durnell got the sign upright, the pair waited in the car and quietly surveyed the scene. Rainbow flags. A balloon float swaying like a giant rainbow sea anemone near the city courts. A guy on stilts. A majorette in drag. A 20-foot-high wedding cake atop a flatbed truck.

And in the middle of it all: The straight, long-married, known-for-his-beige-suits, mayor of their city — sitting right beside them in a purple shirt.


[...]

Apparently, the onlookers were far from "disappointed" with Slay:

With a slow turn of the Impala’s red steering wheel, the boat of a car turned right onto Market Street into a gantlet of cheering and adoring people lined four deep. Suddenly, Eaton and Durnell and Slay were rock stars.

“You did it,” screamed the crowd.

“Good for you!” said another.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“Just married! Right on! Right on!”

“We love you Mayor Slay!”


And that's that for this edition of Notes from the Bowl.




29 June 2014

Sermon for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus




Delivered last Friday by Canon Raphael Ueda, ICRSS:

Feast of The Sacred Heart-2014

Last week we celebrated the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, a gift crowning all the gifts of the love of Jesus for man and in which Jesus remains with us forever. Today the Church invites us to give direct consideration to the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the source and cause of all His Gifts.

“Behold this heart which has so loved man.” This word of Jesus was given to Sister Margaret Alacoque. She was born on July 22, 1647 in France. In 1671 she entered the Visitation convent and was professed the next year. From the time she was twenty, she experienced visions of Christ, and on December 27, 1673, she began [to receive] a series of revelations that were to continue over the next year and a half. In them Christ informed her that she was His chosen instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart, instructed her in a devotion that was to become known as the Nine Fridays and the Holy Hour, and asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established.

The church shows us that it is truly in the Heart of Christ wounded by our sins that God has given us the infinite treasures of His love. “The thoughts of His Heart” --the heart of Jesus-- chants the Introit of the Mass are to all generations to deliver them from death, to feed them in time of famine by his love. Thus the heart of Jesus is always in search of souls to save, to free from the snares of sins to wash in His blood, to feed with his body. This heart of Jesus is always living in the Eucharist to satisfy the hunger of all who long for Him, to welcome and console all those who, frustrated by the challenges of life, take refuge in Him, seeking peace and refreshment.

With the Eucharist and with His sacred Heart, Jesus himself becomes our support on the hard road of our life.

Today’s Gospel shows us His Heart pierced with a lance. St. John says it was “Opened to show us that thereby the door of life was made open through which the sacraments of the Church flow forth. From the pierced heart of Christ, symbol of the love which immolated Him on the cross for us, came forth the sacraments, represented by the water and the blood flowing from the wound and it is through these sacraments that we receive the life of grace.

St. Paul, in this beautiful Epistle, urges us to penetrate more into the Heart of Jesus to contemplate His unsearchable riches and to enter into the mystery which has been hidden from eternity in God. This is the mystery of the infinite, divine love which has gone before us from all eternity and was revealed to us by the Word made flesh.

The church offers the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in order to inspire our love.

Today’s Vespers antiphon says. “With an everlasting love, God hath loved us; therefore, lifted up from the earth, He hath drawn us in pity to His Heart” And it says also. “Son, give Me thy heart.” This is the essence of true devotion to the Sacred Heart, to return love for love, to repay love with love. We cannot possibly understand the mystery, by which the Son of God became man, died on the Cross , and then became their Food, if we do not admit this infinite love which compelled God to give Himself entirely for the salvation of His Creatures.

The mystery of God’s love is too high and too deep for His creatures to fully understand it.

The attitude we take in our spiritual life depends greatly upon the idea we have of God and of His love. If we have a poor, impoverished image of God, like the mean master who is zealous of the happiness of his subjects, instead of being impelled to love Him and to give ourselves generously to His service, we shall be cold, indolent, calculating and wasting the talent we have received from the Master. The gifts of God do not disappear when we use them.

But once we begin to understand that God is charity and if only we begin to penetrate even slightly the mystery of His infinite love, then everything can change, because love calls love.

The soul who wishes to sound the depths of the mysteries of Jesus Christ and to understand something of His infinite love will find no better way than to enter within His Heart or to hide itself in the breast of its beloved. Let us take refuge then in the heart of Jesus and contemplate His mysteries and His love. But seek there too, a shelter for our interior life. This is a place of retreat which is always at our disposal and we can retire there even in the midst of occupation and duties. When rumors, curiosity, gossip, and the vanities of the world threaten to overwhelm us, let us quickly retire by a swift interior movement to the Heart of Jesus.

In every temptation, we must fly to the heart of Jesus. The heart of Jesus is our surest refuge, if we wish to escape Satan’s snares and our own evil tendencies, we must take shelter in the heart of Him who conquered Satan.

We must have unshaken confidence in this meek Heart in spite of all our faults and daily infidelities. “Cast all your faults into the abyss of His charity with great confidence and you will immediately be free of them.”

With such confidence, we too, must seek the Heart of Jesus as a sure refuge in all our falls. We will often commit some fault through weakness or surprise in spite of all our good will.

Let us then humble ourselves and acknowledge our weakness with humility. But we must not let the experiences of our fall separate us from the heart of Jesus.

We should return to Him like the prodigal son to his father and ask His pardon while kissing His sacred wounds and renew our resolution to take up our abode in His heart, so full of goodness and mercy.

Dear faithful, let us offer this holy sacrifice of the Mass with love so that the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded by our sins, will be consoled. Amen.



Feast of Saints Peter and Paul




A reflection from The Liturgical Year, about today's epistle from Chapter 12 of the Acts of the Apostles, and which documents Peter's arrest and miraculous deliverance from prison:

It would be difficult to insist more than does to-day's liturgy on the episode of Peter's captivity in Jerusalem. Several antiphons and all the capitula of this Office are drawn from thence; the Introit has just sung the same; and the Epistle gives in full the history of the event in which the Church is particularly interested on this feast. The secret of her preference can easily be divined. This festival celebrates the fact that Peter's death confirms the queen of the Gentile world in her august prerogatives of sovereign lady, mother and bride; but the starting-point of all this greatness was the solemn moment in which the Vicar of the Man-God, shaking the dust from his feet over Jerusalem, turned his face westwards, and transferred to Rome those rights which the Synagogue had repudiated. It was on quitting Herod's prison that all this happened. "And going out of the city," says the Acts, "he went into another place." This other place, according to the testimony of history and tradition, is no other than Rome, then about to become the new Sion, where Simon Peter arrived some weeks afterwards. Thus, catching up the angel's word, the Gentile Church sings this night in one of her responsories at Matins: "Peter, arise, and put on thy garments: gird thee with strength to save the nations; for the chains have fallen from off thy hands."

For information about a special plenary indulgence that may be gained today, read here.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!


27 June 2014

The Archdiocesan Response to Mayor Slay: Disappointed

Further to my earlier post on the Slay debacle, I wanted to make sure to publish the response of the local Church.

Here it is in full:

STATEMENT FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS REGARDING SAME-SEX CIVIL CEREMONY PERFORMED IN CITY OF ST. LOUIS

ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis is disappointed in the decision by the City of St. Louis to grant civil marriage licenses to four same sex couples on Wednesday night. It is disheartening to see our wonderful city, named after the great Catholic civil leader St. King Louis IX, so eagerly cast aside the laws of our state and disregard the laws of nature. The fact is, the union of two men or the union of two women is not the same as the union of a woman and a man.

Loving a person does not mean accepting all their behaviors. The Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. Persons who struggle with same-sex attraction must be loved with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. At the same time, the Catholic faith teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality -- whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. Part of that responsibility means understanding that sex is to be reserved for marriage, and that marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind of union from which children can come.

The Catholic faith teaches that we are defined by something far deeper than sexual orientation: we are defined by our identity as children of God. We agree with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he said, ‘Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord’s loving heart.’ We encourage Catholics and all people of faith to pray that our culture will grow in the love of God, and that our actions and laws will respect the laws of nature and its creator.


Yes, I think we are all disappointed.

I will post any further statements that come from the Archdiocese on this matter. 

The St. Louis Review has run a story on the issue, using the statement above as its focal point. 

 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!




Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus




You have seen the above image of Our Lord's Sacred Heart many times before on this blog. That is because it is one of my particular favorites, and a copy of it hangs in my home. The original is in the Konvent Herz Jesu in Bayerisch Gmain, Germany, an apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, where the Society of the Sacred Heart--the lay society of the Institute-- has its annual retreat.

Today is a beautiful feast of the love of Christ. The Litany says it well. The Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, glutted with reproaches, and victim of sin, is the desire of the everlasting hills, the source of life and holiness, and the salvation of all who trust in it.

Masses at the Oratory today at 8am and 6:30pm.

From today's preface:

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Whose will it was that Thine only-begotten Son, while hanging on the cross, should be pierced by the soldier's lance: that the Heart thus opened should, as from a well of divine bounty, pour over us streams of mercy and of grace: and that the Heart which never ceased to burn with love for us, should be for the devout a haven of rest and for the penitent an open refuge of salvation.




26 June 2014

I Think We Can All Agree That This Development Was Inevitable

Hipsters are bad enough, but this?:

Nazi hipsters? ‘Nipster’ movement spreading across Germany



What a Catholic Hero!

Catholic Mayor Francis Slay (who, as far is publicly known, is not excommunicated) showed great disregard for the law and his oath to uphold it, er, I mean great disdain for the law of God and the teachings of the Church to which he belongs, er, I mean great heroism (yes, that's it!)for making a very popular move which will garner him near universal acclaim.

How?  He has courageously stood up to the laws of Nature and Nature's God, not to mention the Constitution of the State of Missouri, and supported the issuance by his administration of "marriage" licenses to eight persons wishing to pretend to be married by engaging in a formalized type of long-term, consensual sodomy.  Not content with that, he enthusiastically hosted some pretend weddings in his office.  Through Mayor Slay's groundbreaking actions, St. Louis is just the 61,367th city in the United States to engage in this kind of public policy delusion.

In a decent country, one might expect him to be thrown in jail and impeached, in no particular order.

In a properly functioning Church, one might expect him to be called to publicly recant and repent or face a decree of excommunication, ferendae sententiae.

I await the St. Louis Review's coverage of the Archdiocesan response.  As for the State of Missouri upholding its own Constitution, thank goodness we have Catholic-in-good-standing Chris "All Politics, No Prosecutor" Koster as Attorney General, known for his steadfast adherence to principle.

Let the good times roll!

That's at Least $250,000 for Each Living Member!

From STLToday: St. Louis Franciscan nuns invest millions in environmental efforts




Here It Comes




Rorate Caeli posted that the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod on the Family is now available at the Vatican website.

When reading it, and contemplating just what this will mean for the Church, some advice: just close your eyes and think of England.

The document is filled with the kind of meaningfully meaningless, Orwellian progressive church-speak, that you've come to expect from the USCCB, The Catholic-Lutheran dialoguers, and every LCWR document ever issued. But try to suppress your gag reflex and contemplate that these are bishops with theological degrees from Catholic institutions writing (or at least approving) this stuff.

A few "highlights", with the underlined portions being my own emphases:


Chapter III
Difficult Pastoral Situations

a) Situations in Families

80. Under the heading of so-called marriage difficulties, the responses consistently recount stories of great suffering as well as testimonies of true love. “The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open, [...] where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems” (GE, 47). Real pastoral attention is urgently needed to care for these people and bring them healing so that they might continue their journey with the entire ecclesial community. The mercy of God does not provide a temporary cover-up of personal misdeeds, but rather radically opens lives to reconciliation which brings new trust and serenity through true inward renewal. The pastoral care of families, far from limiting itself to a legal point of view, has a mission to recall the great vocation of love to which each person is called and to help a person live up to the dignity of that calling.

Situations of Canonical Irregularity

89. ...In North America, people often think that the Church is no longer a reliable moral guide, primarily in issues related to the family, which they see as a private matter to be decided independently.

91. Before treating the suffering associated with those who are unable to receive the sacraments due to their irregular union, [...] Many times, people in these irregular situations do not grasp the intrinsic relationship between marriage and the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance. Consequently, they find it very difficult to understand why the Church does not allow those who are in an irregular situation to receive Holy Communion. The catechetical instruction on marriage does not sufficiently explain the connection. ...

92. Some Church members who are cognizant that they are in an irregular situation clearly suffer from the fact that they are unable to receive the sacraments. Many feel frustrated and marginalized. [...] Instead, they believe that the Church is at fault in not permitting their irregular marriage situation. This way of thinking can lead to viewing withholding the sacraments as a punishment. Furthermore, another factor of concern is the lack of understanding of the discipline of the Church when access to the sacraments is denied in these cases, as if it were a punishment. A good number of episcopal conferences recommend assisting people in canonically irregular marriages not to consider themselves as “separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life” (FC, 84). Moreover, responses and observations from some episcopal conferences emphasize that the Church needs to equip herself with pastoral means which provide the possibility of her more widely exercising mercy, clemency and indulgence towards new unions.

Concerning the Reception of the Sacraments

93. In the matter of access to the sacraments, the responses describe various reactions ...At times, the faithful distance themselves from the Church or go to other Christian denominations.
In some countries of Europe and some countries on the other continents, this solution [solution!!!!!] is not sufficient for many people; they wish to be publically readmitted to the Church. The problem is not so much not being able to receive Communion but that the Church publically does not permit them to receive Communion. As a result, these believers then simply refuse to consider themselves in an irregular situation.

95. A good number of responses speak of the very many cases, especially in Europe, America and some countries in Africa, where persons clearly ask to receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. This happens primarily when their children receive the sacraments. At times, they express a desire to receive Communion to feel “legitimized” by the Church and to eliminate the sense of exclusion or marginalization. In this regard, some recommend considering the practice of some Orthodox Churches, which, in their opinion, opens the way for a second or third marriage of a penitential character. ...

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Well, you see the frame already constructed for what could be, if the Holy Ghost be not particularly active, a picture far uglier than The Scream.

I have a question: What about personal responsibility for personal sins that call for repentance?

Did Christ tell the woman in adultery to "keep on committing adultery because I came to validate your faith journey."? "Oh, and make sure that you limit your feelings of marginalization by sacrilegiously receiving My Body and Blood, thus eating and drinking condemnation on yourself."? "Because I find I'm somewhat unpopular with these people I'm trying to save and I need to boost my poll numbers." "Oh, and one more thing-- don't pay attention to what happens to Judas after he approaches the Table of Plenty in a state of mortal sin, because I love you enough to let you go to hell without any attempt to help you avoid it."?

People, the synod, if it goes as Kasper and those who support him (whomever they are) wish it to go, will eliminate hell itself as an overly legalistic Church disciplinary device of the past.

I had the timely experience of re-watching A Man for All Seasons last night. I encourage you to do so as well. Close your eyes and think of England, indeed.

The sorting continues. Pray.


24 June 2014

Well, He Would Know

From National Review:

Dick Cheney Predicts Another 9/11 In This Decade




Dear God, I thank You for those moments of clarity, when a small taste of the beauty of Heaven comes through.  Too often I am grateful only for the consolations You so often give, and am easily discouraged when You choose not to send them. 

Let me always, dear Lord, love You and thank You for You alone, and not for the consolations You give me in my weakness.  Thank You for the times when You make use of me, and also for when you don't, all for Your own purposes.  For I know that You have no need of me, but love me out of Your infinite goodness.

On the final day, may my body and soul find rest in You forever.  I ask this through Mary, the Mediatrix of All Graces.  Amen

Not a Passing Fad: Young Catholics Want the Traditional Mass




This installment of a truth obvious to anyone surveying the demographics of the pews comes from the Catholic in the Ozarks blog. A very nice post, from which I excerpt much below.

When it comes to the faith and the liturgy, there is no difference in the essentials regardless of place of residence. Young people aren't stupid; they don't need a dumbed down liturgy anymore than they need a dumbed down faith. They want truth and beauty. They need truth and beauty.

Don't worry, I'll reserve a comment in the combox for the obligatory "but the new Mass can be celebrated reverently, too!" remark.

From the full post:

Tradition Draws Catholic Youth

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio addendum to canon law entitled Summorum Pontificum. The document clarified Church law in three ways. First, it stated that the traditional Latin mass, otherwise known as the Vetus Ordo or 'Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite' (the mass used before 1969), had never been abrogated, and that it has always existed as a legitimate liturgy alongside the newer vernacular mass, otherwise known as the Novus Ordo or 'Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.' At the time many within the Church dismissed this as a "mere concession to nostalgic traditionalists" and a not-so-veiled attempt to win back the affections of the ultra-traditionalist 'Society of Saint Pius X' (SSPX). It was assumed by many that this was merely a "passing fad" and would die out in time.

So here we are seven years later, as we approach July 7, 2014, and in the space of that time the number of publicly offered masses according to the Vetus Ordo (Extraordinary Form) has nearly doubled. More Catholics are requesting the traditional Latin mass, existing Latin masses are growing, and there is no end in sight. Clearly, this is more than just a "passing fad," and far more than a mere concession to nostalgic traditionalists. The way the youth goes, so does the future of the Catholic Church, and it is apparent the youth are going traditional. Throughout the United States we are seeing a growing number of young Catholics turning to the Vetus Ordo mass. When I say "young" I do mean young adults and teenagers. They are the future of the Church. Our bishops and priests need to listen to them.

Across North America and Europe, the leadership of the Catholic Church has been attempting to minister to young people as if they were from the 1970s. That generation is no longer "young," yet the leadership of the Church continues to minister as if they were. It's if they think the youth of 2014 were the same as the youth of 1970. As a result, youth ministries at many Catholic parishes are becoming irrelevant. Young Catholics are falling away from the sacraments, the faith, and finally the Church herself. As the Catholic Church seeks to imitate the music and worship styles of many popular Evangelical churches, it isn't long before many young Catholics simply dispense with the imitation and flock toward the original.[...]

As we scan the panorama of Catholic youth we really see only two kinds of Catholic young people; those who are falling away, and those who are drawing nearer to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, the former is much greater than the latter. This is not to say that one type of worship style produces one result, while a different worship style produces another. It is likely a bit more complex than that, but it would be foolish to assume there is no connection at all. [...]

Catholic youth today are simply more sophisticated than they were thirty years ago, and a lot of them are turning back to the tradition of their ancestors. As I've said on many occasions, there is nothing more "dated" than a contemporary mass, and such is the case in many parishes today. No sooner than the praise band learns all the songs in the latest praise book, the congregation is ready to move on to something more new and fresh. As I've written elsewhere on this blog, when a Catholic parish pursues Evangelical-style worship exclusively, it should be no surprise that the Catholic youth eventually lose their faith for a more Evangelical cafeteria-style of religion. As a former Evangelical I can attest that the two go hand-in-hand. Clearly, what is lacking in the Church today is a more traditional option for Catholic youth, to explore the depth of Catholicism that stretches centuries into the past. This is something the Catholic Church can give to youth that no other church can, and in doing so she affirms her solid belief in the sacraments and moral teachings of the Church in a way unique only to Catholicism. When youth have this option available to them, something amazing happens.

With this in mind, let us turn our attention to a rural missionary diocese in the centre of the United States. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau spans the entire southern half of the State of Missouri. The Catholic population is so sparse here that the bishop requires two cathedrals, one on the west side of the state (Springfield) and the other 270 miles away on the east side (Cape Girardeau), in order to minister to them all. In an attempt to restore an element of tradition to the diocese, His Excellency Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. has placed a traditional Catholic priest in his Springfield cathedral (Saint Agnes). There, The Reverend Jeffery Fasching offers the Traditional Latin Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, no less than five days a week, with a high mass on Sundays, and a low mass on weekdays. The sacrament of confession is also offered five days a week as well, just before mass. The Latin Mass schedule for Saint Agnes Cathedral can be viewed here. The schedule has been offered since 2008, with Father Jeffery Fasching taking over in 2010.

Over the last six years something amazing has happened to Saint Agnes Cathedral. Young people are returning to the Catholic Church, and those raised in this Latin mass are maintaining an interest in the faith. Priests and bishops need to listen to these young people, because the future of the Catholic Church is contained in their words. Over the course of a few Sundays, some of these young people were interviewed by associates of this blogger. The following is their account for why they attend the traditional Latin mass, and what it means to them:

"I’m going to share with you some of the blessings that I received at Latin mass. I feel that for a shepherd to know how his sheep are doing is to communicate with them, especially when they fall. I feel that Father plays this role in confessions before mass. What people need in this world is direction, and I feel like Father Fasching is a big light for the community. The experience of the Latin mass is extraordinary. I like how traditional it is. I love the respect and the fear of the Lord the Church has. You can see the respect in the kids. One of my favourite parts is receiving communion on my knees. I really feel like I found myself a place with a group of people that I can express the love I have for the Lord. Those are only a few of the blessings I have received at Latin mass." --Mauro E., age 24

"It is the most fitting way to re-present the Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the climax of all human history. Everything from the elegant composition of the prayers, the Sacred Music, the incense, the numerous images of Saints, the Sacred language, and the vertical orientation of all prayer helps to lift one's soul to a more intimate state of communion with God. It is truly the Mass of the Saints, and has been virtually unchanged since the third century. While protestant churches are based solely on Sacred Scripture, the Catholic Church is anchored on both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The mass exodus from Sacred Tradition after the Second Vatican Council was extremely contrary to Catholicism and a most protestant act indeed." --Spencer C., age 21

"When my family first started going to the Latin Mass, I didn't like it. It was longer than most masses, it had a lot of kneeling, and it was in a different language. But as I continued to go, (I was only twelve, I didn't have much choice in what Mass our family went to,) the reverence in the Mass really drew me in. As I got older, I began to better understand the beauty in the prayers of the Mass. (However, I don't think anyone fully understands the beauty of the prayers.) The whole Mass is a form of worship, and in the Latin Mass, it is very apparent that God is the centre of our worship. That is why I love the Latin Mass." --Lauren K., age 17

"Initially, it was some close friends who drew me to the Latin Mass. I hadn't heard much about it, but I thought that it sounded cool because all my friends were going to it. But when I finally went, I fell in love with it immediately, and I've loved it ever since. I've been going for a few years now and it's really strengthened my love for the mass. What I love most though is how reverent and how beautiful it is. Everyone and everything is so focused on God that there's no time to become distracted, because you're always focused on what's going on at the altar." --Katie F., age 16

[...]

"I love the Latin mass because it is so much more traditional, simple, and less distracting than the Novus Ordo. I always know what mass is going to be like when I go to the Extraordinary form of the mass. Nothing ever changes and I do not feel stressed. My dad and my brothers drew me to the Latin mass." --Greg K., age 15

"I have seen that the Traditional Latin Mass is the most reverent and prayerful form of worship that Catholics can show towards God. Having grown up attending the Latin Mass with my parents and family, I have had the privilege of serving as an altar boy for the past 10 years. The beautiful liturgy and reverence shown by both the priest and faithful towards this form of worship continues to be truly inspiring. The opportunity of going to the Latin Mass is awesome each and every time I go!" --Charles B.. age 18

"I appreciate the Latin Mass because the extreme reverence and respect shown to God through meditation silence and rich traditions of the liturgy draws me closer to my faith and helps me strengthen my relationship with Christ." --Susan J., age 19

"I was initially drawn to the Latin Mass by my family and a few friends who decided to attend when the Mass first came to Springfield. The Mass is one of the highest forms of prayer, and praying in Latin is extremely important for many reasons. Latin unifies all Catholics around the world in prayer, and having that unity also promotes consistency within the Church. One can travel anywhere in the world and attend a Latin Mass and know exactly what is going on and be able to pray efficaciously. Latin cannot be misinterpreted and helps one to focus and concentrate during prayer; not to mention, the devil hates Latin! The Latin Mass therefore is the highest and most efficacious form of prayer, and I have learned to love it over the years. The sacred music, the incense, the prayers, the movements and interactions of the priest and servers all direct ones attention to the altar and to God, and away from ourselves and our worldly cares." --Tanya D., age 22

[...]
As I said above, priests and bishops would be foolish to ignore these young people. This is the future of the Church, and if we don't listen to them, we risk losing them. The hardest part for many of our priests and bishops to accept is that the youth have indeed changed. This is not 1970 any more. Nor is it 1980 for that matter. This is 2014 and youth today have access to more than the previous generations could have ever imagined. Contemporary masses do not excite them like they used to. Watered down sermons, that are designed to not offend, are a bore to them. They're looking for something with depth, and something that has stood the test of time. Tradition is the answer, and this is what's bringing the youth back home. Imagine this small example at Saint Agnes Cathedral multiplied in every parish across America. What would happen then?

[...]


23 June 2014

ENDA: the Final Solution for Catholics in America?

Like Steve Skojec noted, when the USCCB is "concerned", it must be bad indeed. It is. As a commenter further noted, they usually get concerned when their finances are at stake. They are.

Well the good news is that we have reached the convergence of concern for both the USCCB and for Catholics worried about their ability to exercise and pass along their faith.

That convergence point is an executive order being contemplated by the great Leader known by the acronym ENDA, taking its cue from the not-yet-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Here is what the Bishops say about it:

“The enduring commitment of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to uphold the dignity of each and every human person impels us to oppose unjust discrimination, to proclaim the truth about marriage, and to protect religious freedom. Therefore, we view with great concern the reported intention of the President of the United States to issue an executive order forbidding what the Administration considers “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Because we do not know how the executive order will define these critically important terms, or if it will provide sufficient (or any) religious freedom protection, we cannot provide substantive comment on the order. On the other hand, when the U.S. Senate recently passed legislation on the same topic, we raised detailed objections to that legislation, and we would refer interested parties to those resources to identify the applicable principles. We say again now, as we said in connection with the Senate bill and have said many times before, that we oppose any unjust discrimination against any person on any grounds. We intend to review the details of the executive order carefully once it is available, in order to assess whether it serves the dignity of the human person and the common good.”

It is obvious that one must wait to see the text of any order before passing a conclusive judgement on it. But we must be awake.

The day comes when priests will be jailed for refusing to celebrate sodomitical fake marriages, when Catholic employers will be jailed for not recognizing sodomitical fake marriages in employee benefits packages, and when merely defending Catholic teaching on the grave evil of sodomy will send one to jail.

We need the protection of Our Lady more than ever. We must fly to her, Virgin of Virgins, Our Mother.

Mary, Mother of the Church, save us or we perish!







19 June 2014

Corpus Christi







Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi-- the Body of Christ. If you missed Mass this morning you can still make 6:30pm Mass at the Oratory.

This Sunday at the Oratory the Mass will be for the External Solemnity of this Feast, and there will be the great Eucharistic procession and Benediction after 10am High Mass.

I want to post a couple of spiritual items today. First, the Epistle and Gospel of today's Mass. If you are a Bible-believing Christian and do not accept the "hard teaching" in today's Gospel of the reality of the Eucharist as Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity which we must eat to have eternal life, you act as those Jews who left him precisely for this teaching. If you are a Catholic who does accept this but who dares to receive this Lord with mortal sin on your soul, you are warned by St. Paul in the Epistle that you eat and drink condemnation on yourself.

Hard teaching. Tough words. But a merciful call to holiness and to everlasting life.

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From the Epistle, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29:

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, And giving thanks, broke and said: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

And from the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 6:

I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.

For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.


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The second item comes from one of my favorite spiritual writers, Blessed Columba Marmion:
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Though in each mystery of Christ there is enough "shade" to make our faith meritorious, there is also enough light shining to aid our faith. In all of them we see manifested the ineffable union of the divinity with the humanity.

But there is one mystery where both the divinity and the humanity, far from revealing themselves, disappear to our senses. It is the mystery of the Eucharist.

What is there on the altar before the Consecration? A bit of bread, a little wine. And after the Consecration? For the senses-- for touch, sight, taste-- bread and wine still. Faith, only faith, penetrates beneath those veils, to reach the divine reality that is totally hidden there. Without faith, we shall never see anything but bread and wine; we shall not see God; He does not reveal Himself there as He does in the Gospel. We do not see even the man:

On the cross was hid thy Godhead's splendor;
Here they manhood lieth hidden too.


When, during His life on earth, Christ declared Himself to be the Son of God, He gave proof of what He said. One could certainly see that He was a man; but a man whose teaching could only come from God... a man who performed miracles that only God could work... Faith was necessary, but the miracles of Jesus and the sublimity of His doctrine aided the faith of the Jews-- the faith of simple men as well as that of the learned.

In the case of the Eucharist, there is room only for pure faith; faith founded solely on the words of Jesus: "This is my body, this is my blood." The Eucharist is, above all, a "mystery of faith": Mysterium fidei.

That is why in this mystery, more than in all those we have considered up to now, we ought to listen solely to Jesus. Reason is so confounded that those who, in this, do not listen to Christ must say, like the Jews to whom Our Lord promised the Eucharist: "This saying is hard, and who can hear it?" And they went away from Christ's presence. Let us, on the other hand, go to Jesus as did the faithful apostles whom Christ asked on that occasion, "Will you also go away?" and let us say to Him, with Peter: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known that you are the Christ, the Son of God."

Therefore, let us consult Christ on the subject of this mystery. Christ Jesus is Infallible Truth, Eternal Wisdom, Omnipotence. That which He promised-- why should He not have carried it out?

--From Christ in His Mysteries, by Blessed Columba Marmion






18 June 2014

The House of Spain Is the House of David





I love Spain, and the desacralization of the upcoming coronation makes me very sad. Rorate Caeli says it perfectly:

First, a look at what has happened to the Catholic Monarchy - well, it was once called thus, and not that long ago, the nation of "His Catholic Majesty"...

Spain will crown its new king, Philip VI, in a June 19 ceremony that will not include any religious references, but that the Spanish bishops are calling normal for a secular state. [Several sources.]

Fine. In this "secular" state, thousands will be on the streets tomorrow to celebrate the Most Holy Sacrament, in the glorious "Corpus" processions. Because if there is one Royal House that has never let down Spain, that has never run away, in Muslim conquests, in invasions and wars, in the most violent anti-Catholic persecution in History, that is the House of David. Any claim Spain might have had to greatness was strictly and exclusively related to her past Catholicity, her indefatigable Missionaries, her Saints, her Martyrs, her perpetual devotion to the Immaculate Conception.


"I'll take 'Bloggers, Bought and Paid For' for $1000, Alex"

The Answer:  Because it is accurate.

The correct Question, as noted by The Remnant:

Why are Neo-Catholics so afraid of the term "Neo-Catholic"?

"Don't Think Bad Thoughts or We'll Take Your Stuff"

The New National Motto of the United States of America.

My three-old-son has occasionally added a sound effect of his own design whenever he wants to seize some toy or book his sisters might be enjoying at a given moment and he would rather not wait.

He just yells, "Take!" and grabs it. 

Well, the Feds can do that, too.

I am sure this ruling will finally galvanize some real action among those who proclaim their love of the Land of the Free (tm) and Home of the Brave (tm). 

But maybe not.  See, They Had It Coming (tm).

And the finale of Games of Thrones is on...

Oh, well.  First they came for the Washington Redskings owner, but I didn't own the Washington Redskins...

The Mass Defined Their Lives

This has been posted elsewhere, but in case you missed it, here is a nice article on the two FSSP priests who were brutally attacked in Arizona.  I am impressed with the reporting-- the article explains transubstantiation a lot better than many Catholics could.

Fr. Walker, requiescat in pace.

Meme Generating: I'm Only Two Years Behind





Hey Doctor Snide





17 June 2014






“The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.”

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


(Saw it on twitter. But a good point)

14 June 2014

Pope Warns Global Economic System Near Collapse

Forget the easy mark for comedy in His Holiness' prior quote about youth unemployment being the Church's biggest problem.  It isn't of course.

But as for the existence of high youth unemployment, and its deleterious effects on the global economy, that is true.  And more importantly, the global economy does rely on war-making to ensure its short-term stability.

So, friends, please get past the youth unemployment comment and get to what he points out regarding the throw-away culture of death.  And remember:  if you are concerned that the Vatican has become far too cozy with one-world globalists (and maybe you should be), that coziness would put Francis in possession of some knowledge of the precariousness of the system that he says is near collapse.  

Collapse.  That term, if used accurately, is not a pleasant term.

Now, in the article, His Holiness says that the center of any economy must be man.  Not money.  That is true, in a purely relative way, between the concept of man vs. money. However, the real center of any economy, as in any government or society, is Christ.  Christ the King.  

And here we have the central problem of Vatican II.  Is man the center?  Or is the Man, the real Man, Christ, the God-Man, the Center?  It depends on what you mean by man.  And hence, all the problems of the ambiguity purposely bred in the last fifty years.  

Truth mixed with enough ambiguity to prevent the Church from necessary action, clarity and effectiveness.

We all need a return to Christ.  You, me.  Governments. The Church and Her leaders. Read the Pope's remarks.  There is much to ponder here.

From the UK Daily Mail:

Pope Francis claims global economy is close to collapse and describes youth unemployment rates as an ‘atrocity’ in damning message



Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on the global economic system, warning it is near collapse because of a 'throwaway culture' of greed and the 'atrocity' of youth unemployment.

The Roman Catholic leader openly blasted the 'idolatrous' economy for disregarding the young, which he says has led to shocking levels of youth unemployment and will lead to a lost generation.

The 77-year-old also criticised the economy - which he said had 'fallen into a sin of idolatry, the idolatry of money' - for surviving on the profits of war.

The Pope's damning message came amid comments he made about the break-up of countries such as Scotland and Catalonia, which came as a huge blow to the Scottish Yes campaign. 

In an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, he said: 'Our world cannot take it anymore. Our global economic system can’t take any more.

'We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures - a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done. 

'The economy is moved by the ambition of having more and, paradoxically, it feeds a throwaway culture.'

The pontiff expressed particular concern over the 'worrisome' statistics of youth unemployment.

He said: 'The rate of unemployment is very worrisome to me, which in some countries is over 50 percent. That is an atrocity.

'Young people are thrown away when their natality is limited. The elderly are also discarded because they don’t serve any use anymore.

'In throwing away the kids and elderly, the future of a people is thrown away because the young people are going to push forcefully forward and because the elderly give us wisdom.'

During the interview, Pope Francis - who has not shied away from speaking out since he took over as the head of the church - denounced the influence of war and the military on the global economy.

He said: 'Since we cannot wage the Third World War, we make regional wars. And what does that mean? That we make and sell arms.

'And with that the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies -- the big world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money -- are obviously sorted.

[...]

He said: 'At the centre of all economic systems must be man, man and woman, and everything else must be in service of this man.

'But we have put money at the centre, the god of money. We have fallen into a sin of idolatry, the idolatry of money.'
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12 June 2014

Urgent Prayer Request: 2 FSSP Priests Attacked; One Murdered, One Critically Injured

CP was kind enough to point me to this post at Rorate Caeli.

The Mater Misericordiae Mission, the Latin Mass community of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), was the scene of a terrible tragedy on Wednesday night, following the breaking and entering of their church by armed burglars.

Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, Assistant Pastor, was murdered. Requiescat in pace. Please, pray also for the consolation of his family: his parents, brothers and sisters. Father Walker was 29.

Father Joseph Terra, FSSP, Pastor, was severely wounded by the criminals, and is (at least to our knowledge as of this moment) hospitalized in critical, but stable, condition. Please, pray for his health and his complete recovery, through the mercy of God Almighty.

11 June 2014

Making a Hashtag out of It?

#TimeToAct

As in the twitter hashtag "Time To Act".

A reader sent me an email about the following unfortunate coincidence:
I found this of interest and thought perhaps you would too. The National Catholic Register reported that the Holy Father tweeted the hashtag #TimeToAct in support of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict which is going on right now in London.

I have attached the tweet, the Register article and the programme of events for the summit. As you will notice, International Planned Parenthood, as well as numerous other suspect organisations, are prominent guest presenters.

Here is a link to the hashtag #TimeToAct site on twitter...:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TimeToAct&src=tyah

Here is a link to the summit website:http://esvcsummit.com/publicprogramme/

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I'm glad the Holy Father is against sexual violence, but promoting a summit that features International Planned Parenthood as a guest presenter?


Certainly. I'm glad His Holiness is against sexual violence, too. And I would ordinarily assume that His Holiness is unaware of any Planned Parenthood involvement. Therefore, I am happy to help get the word out so the Vatican press office can issue the necessary retraction, explanation and restatement of her opposition to Planned a Parenthood.

Call it my effort at public service.

When the correction is issued, I will publish it here.


They Had It Coming. You Have It Coming.

The Franciscans had it coming.  Fisher-More had it coming.  Bloggers who noticed too much had it coming.  Journalists who noticed too much had it coming.  Holy Innocents had it coming.  Fr. Wylie had it coming.
You don't think they did?

You have it coming, too. 

And don't expect any help, or even any sympathy.

In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none. -- Psalm LXVIII

"Here's One for You..."





"Did you hear the one about the South African priest I reassigned?"

10 June 2014

Patheos-Approval Pending

To say that the Church is not rolling from success to success and from popularity unto popularity isn't saying anything we don't already know.  Certainly the news out of the chanceries and the dicasteries is anything but good.  The world hates the Church as much as ever, but the more the Church tries to cozy up to the world the worse it gets for Catholics.

Many people don't go to Church anymore, they don't go to confession anymore, they don't baptize their children anymore.  Many people don't believe in Church teachings anymore. Our own leaders have seemingly lost the will to stick up for the faith, and have in many cases spread confusion and dismay themselves.

The solution of the really cool neo-Catholic blogs:  attack anyone who notices these things.  Then, hide in the corner under a pile of coats and hope that everything turns out all right.

I'm tired of being stuck at the crazy table!  I want to be loved!

So, friends, I hope you will enjoy the gallows humor in this satirical post by St. Corbinian's Bear.  It gives the perfect template to get a real Patheos blog:

...First off, "the Bear" has negative connotations. The author of this blog shall therefore be known as "Cuddles the Teddy Bear." The persona will be a bi-polar ex-Wiccan mom with a weight problem. (Everybody loves converts with lovable foibles.)

Second, the Bear was far too negative. Cuddles the Teddy Bear's motto shall be "if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all." Occasional flashes of anger shall be reserved for Vatican-approved targets, such as traddies and plutocrats.

Third, the Bear's readers were rather an elite group. Cuddles the Teddy Bear is going for a broader audience. So he will make his sentences short. He will not use big words.


Pope Francis Does Good Thing

Peace is good. Pope Francis is good. Pope Francis likes peace. Pope Francis called his friends from different religions and invited them to a picnic. His friends are Jews and Moslems. Did you know Jews and Moslems worship the same God we do? It's true! Judaism, Islam and Christianity all come from Abraham's God. Abraham started the three great religions. (Other religions are good, too. Everyone worships the same God, just by different names. Everybody goes to heaven.)

All people are sisters and brothers. They should all love one another. That makes Abraham happy.

All good people like Pope Francis. But some people are not good. They want to torture other people by burning them at the stake and making them listen to Latin. They are bad. But Pope Francis has a plan to make sure they don't hurt anyone. It is lucky that all the bad people are in the Catholic Church where Pope Francis can keep an eye on them.

You are a good person. This blog is approved! You like everyone and like Pope Francis, too. Don't you feel good now? Tomorrow Cuddles the Teddy Bear will write another nice article. It will be about Pope Francis doing or saying something nice. I bet you can't wait!

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People, it's OK.  The Church will never fail. God bless those willing to fight the "Long Defeat".  Victory seems temporally impossible, but in light of eternity, it is assured. 

Gospel for Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost

John 10: 1-10
At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: Amen, amen, I say to you: he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.

This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what He spoke to them. Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers; and the sheep heard them not. I am the door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.

09 June 2014

Sometimes the Good Guys Prevail: LifeSiteNews Stands by Hilary White




As Steve Skojec pointed out, it is a little late, but welcome all the same:

In Defense of Hilary White

In recent weeks LifeSiteNews has been the object of defamatory posts on popular social media sites by various well-known and influential writers. The attack on the veracity and integrity of our organization and our writers was severe and merits response.

Every person who writes for LifeSiteNews undertakes this very difficult work with limited pay, often very long hours, and much stress. They do this precisely because of their love for God and for truth. We take it very personally when anyone attempts to demean one of our team. Our writers are an exceptional group of people. They are family.

Our Rome Correspondent Hilary White was singled out in the recent attack. Hilary is one of the favorites of many LifeSiteNews readers and one of our longest-serving journalists. She is an exceptionally skilled writer with unique perspectives and creative talent. We absolutely stand by her honesty, integrity, and professionalism as a journalist. As our only full-time, dedicated pro-life journalist in Rome, Hilary will continue to cover pro-life news from the Vatican, Italy, and Europe.

Do the editors agree with every opinion or belief that Hilary, or any of our writers, personally holds? Of course not. They have the freedom to be who they are and, within reason, express the range of their views in other forums. But what finally gets published on LifeSiteNews is decided upon by the editors, through whom every story must pass.

All of the Catholic staff of LifeSiteNews are unusually knowledgeable and faithful sons of the Church. And our non-Catholic staff are similarly faithful, loving followers of Christ.

LifeSiteNews is the largest dedicated pro-life and pro-family news agency in the world. We will continue to provide honest, complete – and yes, hard-hitting – pro-life, pro-family news with a global focus and a worldwide audience.

We will continue to improve our editorial focus as we strive to provide the best and farthest-reaching pro-life and pro-family news and commentary in the world.


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Check out this article, too. I look forward to the next Hilary White byline.


08 June 2014

Um, Indiana...




One of most effective best billboards I've seen-- Indy made the top 52 in the 50 states.

Pentecost




[1] And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. [5] Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

[6] And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. [7] And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? [8] And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,

[11] Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. [12] And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? [13] But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. [14] But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. [15] For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

[16] But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: [17] And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. [18] And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. [19] And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.

[21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. [22] Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: [23] This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. [24] Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. [25] For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.

-- Acts 2: 1-25


07 June 2014

Vigil of Pentecost




When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand. --Matthew 24:15

Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin. --Mark 3:28-29


Either




Would be better than Matheny.

05 June 2014

Please Stand By

If you are a fan of Hilary White, reporter for LifesiteNews, or if you are a fan of any of these:

1) intelligent writing;
2) the ability to cover Catholic Church news from a faithful yet honest perspective without fear of reprisal;
3) common sense;
4) the Catholic Faith; or,
5) basic fairness,

then please stay on top of this little nasty rumor tweeted by Rorate Caeli, and let LifesiteNews.com know how you feel:

@RorateCaeli: Dear @lifesite,please clarify,this is causing concern:has Hilary White really been taken off all your papal stories due to outside pressure?

The neo-Catholic brute squad is really ticking me off. Pitchforks ready.




Tee-Hee!

No comment necessary:

Univ. of Chicago students offended by gay activist's "transphobic slur"

CHICAGO - LGBTQ students at the University of Chicago are circulating a petition objecting to slurs gay rights activist Dan Savage used during a exchange at the school's Institute of Politics event last week. They said they were made to "feel uncomfortable" by a "transphobic slur" used during Savage's presentation.
The incident occurred when, according to several sources, Savage and [the event hostess Ana Marie] Cox began discussing [Savage's] personal history as a gay man. According to a first-year student and member of the LGBTQ community who asked to be identified as Hex, Savage used the slur t—– as an example in an anecdote about reclaiming words. Cox then added, “I used to make jokes about t—-ies,” audience members recounted.
“That was one of the most hurtful parts,” Hex said, explaining the perceived insult was that Cox used the slur to refer to the group of people she joked about. “In that context, it was like being applied to all transgender people,” it said. (“It” is Hex’s chosen pronoun.)
"Hex" and other met with the IOP Executive Director Steve Edwards, who reported on the meeting to the Chicago Maroon:

“We listened openly and sympathetically to the concerns about language and about the dehumanizing effects of language and expressed our desire not to be a place where dehumanizing language is used,” Edwards said. “At no time did we characterize the language from the event itself.” They also praised the students for standing up against what they perceived as an issue.
But the meeting did not result as the offended expected, so they set up a petition drive on Change.org, asking the IOP organizers to avoid offensive language and terminology being used in presentations in the future.

Edwards said the IOP is working with the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Life to develop future training for staff and the board.

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OK, I can't help it.  Just one comment.  Read the linked article from the Maroon (can't make this stuff up) and read the comments.  Laugh away, then weep for Western Civilization!

Old Cathedral Restoration Forgot One Big Thing


Reformulating a comment I left on Facebook yesterday, I'd like to pose a sincere question about the nearly-completed restoration work being done to the Old Cathedral.

My wife and I were married in the Old Cathedral (the Basilica of St. Louis IX, King of France), so that fact adds to the all of the other reasons why I love this church.  It is the oldest Cathedral west of the Mississippi.  It was the principal church of a diocese which at one time covered the entire Louisiana Purchase.  It sits like a jewel beneath the Arch in every touristy-skyline photo, reminding everyone of the presence of the still amazingly vital Catholic Faith in this city. 

The City's Catholicism is co-extant with its existence, founded by the French before the nation was founded, and before many of the cities of this continent that are much further east, towards the coast.

So, with all this in mind, as you view and consider the restoration work shown in the video above, do not think my question to be merely one of a cranky trad, when I ask:

Why was not the altar restored as well?  Why isn't the altar brought closer to its original design?

As you look at the video in the linked report, you will still see the altar (which appears to be the same as the grainy pre-conciliar photo above) moved away from the reredos, floating in the middle of the sanctuary.

The church is still a functioning parish, yes, but it is also a major tourist attraction, an historical site, a glimpse into the foundations of the Church in our Archdiocese.  The Mass first celebrated here is the timeless Mass-- what is called the Extraordinary Form.  If this Church is an architectural piece, why not give it its purposed design?

And, true story, one of the great secrets of the modern Church is that not only may the novus ordo be celebrated on an affixed altar, ad orientem, it was actually designed to be so celebrated.  No priests or laity would be harmed in the celebration of Mass ad orientem.

Again the EF is timeless, it is not a relic or a thing of the past.  It is a currently approved and celebrated form of the Roman Rite.  If you think it "extraordinary", why not celebrate it in this "extraordinary" church?  If celebrating the Mass ad orientem is no big deal, fix the altar.  If it is a "thing of the past", why not put the altar back in a church that is primarily a museum piece for visitors anyway?

The above photo bears no date, and believe me, it is harder than pulling eye teeth to find a pre-V2 interior shot of this church.  Certainly, one might have expected it on the church's own website, but even though there are galleries of historical photos in their own "history" tab, one would search in vain.

So, two cheers for Old Cathedral renovations.  As Maxwell Smart might say, "Missed it by that much."

04 June 2014

“Homo delectatur in ipsa pulchritudine sensibilium.”-- St. Thomas Aquinas

"There is no God but one God and Art is his revealer; that’s my creed and I'll follow it to the end, to a hotter place than Pittsburgh if need be."

-- Willa Cather, 1896

03 June 2014

Fundraising Effort for the Institute's Youth Choir Camp




The Fifth Annual Youth Choir Camp of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be held August 18-23, and registration is open.

This link takes you to an online grassroots fundraising effort, designed to enable those children to attend who could not otherwise have afforded it, and to keep the costs for all choristers as low as possible. God bless you for your generosity.

Information at either link.

The Reign in Spain

Is mainly ignored on the plains.  OK, that was brutal, but it is a blog, you know. 

King Juan Carlos of Spain, the reigning monarch, has announced that he will abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe.  Apparently, this abdication thing is going around.  Luckily (for clarity's sake), he did not abdicate just half of it, but the whole thing.

If you are a student of the arcane but sometimes fascinating science of European dynastic succession, you might point out that Juan Carlos should not be King anyway, as he is not first in the Legitimist line.  If you are a Carlist, I salute you, but let us deal in the de facto realm for a bit.

Rorate has tweeted some photos of the republicans (read: Catholic-hating, priest-killing, communists) rallying after the announcement of the King's upcoming abdication.  It was an anti-monarchy rally, calling for a Third Spanish Republic.  I want to post some pics below to give you a flavor of it, and to impress upon readers (especially in the U.S.) that monarchy still matters in the minds of many-- and if you don't believe, look at how it motivates the enemies of civilization:




Juan Carlos was as respected a figure to the republicans as a monarch could be.  He reigned over the transition from Generalissimo Francisco Franco's rule of one to a constitutional monarchy; he declined to become an absolute monarch, though reportedly that was Franco's succession plan.  Then, to seal the fate of any semblance of Catholic governance in Spain, he publicly and successfully opposed the attempted military coup in 1981.  I read one Catholic commenter on Twitter put it this way:  Juan Carlos "inherited from Generalissimo a Catholic country and he left us a satanic beach destination."

In Spain, the Civil War is never over.

Like I said, Never Over.
Of course, the mob is not long satisfied with actions such as these, and though he has not yet suffered the fate of his Bourbon ancestors, Juan Carlos has been the subject of much loathing, especially lately.  The monarchy is involved in "scandal", because it came as an apparent surprise that Juan Carlos is wealthy and likes to hunt big game in Africa.  This offends the somewhat-less-wealthy-but-still-plenty-wealthy leaders of the proletariat, I believe.

Truth in advertising, for a change
If you want a concise summary of the republican attitude towards the Church, here you go:


If you want a concise summary of the republican attitude towards Kings, here you go:

That's a mock guillotine.  Mock, for now.

Like I said, Americans don't know from monarchy.  But these things matter more than you realize.  Christendom is dead and buried, as an enfleshed reality.  But when Christendom dies as an ideal, then you will have the end. 

You see that the communists of 1936 have their heirs.  And their opponents? There used to be warriors like these to defend the Faith, King and Country:


Are there any left? Do the defenders of civilization have their heirs?