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Archive for April, 2007

The Last Crusade (for now)

Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and my fingers to war. (Psalm 143)

Always extremely dear to Us has been the noble Spanish Nation for its exemplary benevolence toward the Catholic Faith and Christian civilization, for its traditional and ardent devotion to this Holy Apostolic See, for its great institutions and apostolic works, being the fecund mother of Saints, missionaries and founders of illustrious religious Orders, the pride and support of the House of God.

It is precisely because the glory of Spain is so intimately connected with the Catholic Religion that We feel doubly afflicted in witnessing the deplorable endeavors that for some time have been continually repeated to deprive this beloved nation, with her traditional faith, of her most beautiful titles of civil grandeur. We did not fail- as Our paternal heart dictated-to point out often to the present Government of Spain how false was the way they followed, and to remind them how it is not by wounding the soul of a people in their most profound and dearest sentiments that they can reach that harmony of spirits which is indispensable for the prosperity of the nation. (Pius XI at the beginning of the trouble in Spain)

Spanish Civil War : (Requetes) (site in Spanish)

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The Real World

I would like to say Hello to the folks in my parish of St. Agnes in NYC, some of whom came up to me after Mass this Sunday, and complimented me on this lil’ old blog. Thank you. If you ever come to NYC on vacation, Sunday at 11:00 AM there is a lively Traditional Latin Mass. Talk about “active participation”! At the back and forth between Priest and people at the Preface the place shakes. Dignum et Justam Est. A very dedicated TLM community exists there, the same large group of people in their regular pew positions week after week. Also take a look at a great blog run by a young man who serves at the altar for the TLM: (GO)

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Rapacious Wolves

In his opening address at the Fourth General Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), Pope John Paul II said the sects were like “rapacious wolves” devouring Latin American Catholics and “causing division and discord in our communities.” (Source1)  (Source2)

Pray for him. For 27 years of my 30 years on this Earth he was the Vicar of Christ.

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Going for a Walk

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For all you Trads Local to NYC, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass (Missa Cantata) offered on Monday April 30 at 6:15 PM. It is always at St. Agnes Church at 143 E. 43 St between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave.  It is offered monthly at different times, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by the NY Purgatorial Society.

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Little Flock

Our Divine Redeemer also governs His Mystical Body in a visible and normal way through His Vicar on earth. You know, Venerable Brethren, that after He had ruled the “little flock” Himself during His mortal pilgrimage, Christ our Lord, when about to leave this world and return to the Father, entrusted to the Chief of the Apostles the visible government of the entire community He had founded. Since He was all wise He could not leave the body of the Church He had founded as a human society without a visible head. Nor against this may one argue that the primacy of jurisdiction established in the Church gives such a Mystical Body two heads. For Peter in virtue of his primacy is only Christ’s Vicar; so that there is only one chief Head of this Body, namely Christ, who never ceases Himself to guide the Church invisible, though at the same time He rules it visibly, through him who is His representative on earth. (MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI, Pius XII)

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Egalitarianism?

Although man, when excited by a certain arrogance and contumacy, has often striven to cast aside the reins of authority, he has never yet been able to arrive at the state of obeying no one. In every association and community of men, necessity itself compels that some should hold preeminence, lest society, deprived of a prince or head by which it is ruled should come to dissolution and be prevented from attaining the end for which it was created and instituted. But, if it was not possible that political power should be removed from the midst of states, it is certain that men have used every art to take away its influence and to lessen its majesty, as was especially the case in the sixteenth century, when a fatal novelty of opinions infatuated many. Since that epoch, not only has the multitude striven after a liberty greater than is just, but it has seen fit to fashion the origin and construction of the civil society of men in accordance with its own will. (Diuturnum Leo XII)

15 May 1929 — Papal Legate attends Joan D’Arc Ceremonies.  Paris, France. Cardinal Lepicier, Papal Legate in France, as he appeared at the cermemonies marking the 500th anniversary of the Deliverance of France

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Confiteor Unum Baptisma in Remissionem Peccatorum? Not Anymore? Limbo in Limbo? For a good rundown of what is going on with the whole “Church changes teaching” nonsense: (Athanasius).  However, this “pronouncment” is a very subtle way to impress upon the average man, who has neither the time, nor inclination to study the Church’s teaching, that the Church has “changed” Her doctrine. They will not look any further than the news snippets, and it will make the Church sound like a purely human institution. A gradual program to de-couple  Salvation, and the Catholic Faith is being hoisted slowly upon a people fed with ecumenism the last forty years. It no longer sounds strange to Catholic ears that Salvation is found in other places. Something is wrong, and it will continue to get worse. People will share their churches with Muslims for another generation of so, and since we “worship the same God” (barf), eventually their meager descendents will  give into the rising tide. Why fight it? The Church Hierarchy sees no reason to. We’re all “Sons of Abraham”, right? Get along, go along, the Triune Truth diminished for the sake of temporal peace.

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Venerable Brethren, that in these times the haters of truth and justice and most bitter enemies of our religion, deceiving the people and maliciously lying, disseminate sundry and other impious doctrines by means of pestilential books, pamphlets and newspapers dispersed over the whole world. Nor are you ignorant also, that in this our age some men are found who, moved and excited by the spirit of Satan, have reached to that degree of impiety as not to shrink from denying our Ruler and Lord Jesus Christ, and from impugning His Divinity with wicked pertinacity. Here, however, we cannot but extol you, venerable brethren, with great and deserved praise, for not having failed to raise with all zeal your episcopal voice against impiety so great. (Bl Pius IX Quanta Cura)

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Romanism ! Part V

Romanism ! Part V, part of the running series of posts on both manisfestations of Hallowed Ground (Link to Earlier Romanism! posts) 

 

 

 

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Nothing is greater or holier than the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, in which the body and blood of Christ are offered to God for the salvation of all. Holy Mother the Church has always been careful and diligent in order that the Mass be celebrated by priests with clean and pure hearts. It should be celebrated with the proper splendor of sacred ceremonies and rites so that the greatness of this mystery will shine forth all the more even from external appearances. This will also arouse the faithful to the contemplation of divine things hidden in such an admirable and venerable sacrifice. And with like solicitude and devotion, the same most holy Mother has never ceased to urge, exhort, and influence her faithful sons to frequently attend this divine sacrifice with due piety, veneration and devotion. She teaches that they must at all cost be present at it on all holy days of obligation, with their minds and eyes religiously intent on that from which the divine mercy and an abundance of all good things might be acquired.  (Bl. Pius IX AMANTISSIMI REDEMPTORIS).

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Viva Christo Rey!

Documentary of the Christeros of Mexico: (Go Here). The next time you hear that Religion caused “X” amount of violence, remind them the 20th century was the age of secularism, and the bloodiest age of human history. It was not a coincedence. Found on (Angelqueen Forum).

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 In case of Outbreak of Traditionalism: Break Glass

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Simple Faith

And Jesus said to them: Yea, have you never read: Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (Matt 21:16)

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The impetus for this post occured early on Holy Thursday. I fell asleep with the TV on (sound off), EWTN to be exact. At about 4:00 EST, while half-asleep, I  hazily turned towards the TV and saw Benedict XVI out of the corner of my eye. I quickly went back to sleep. Somehow, in my subconscious mind, I had the crazy idea he brought back the Sedia Gestatoria, and was wearing an old Roman style chasuble, and everyone was covered in brocaded vestments, lace, and all the “Old Triumphalism”. I was sorely disappointed when I fully came to a little later to see what we are all used to now. Strange how the half-conscious human mind works. (Wiki on Sedia Gestatoria)

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I say very simply to God what I wish to say, without composing beautiful sentences, and He always understands me. For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. (St. Therese)

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Law/Grace

For the law was given by Moses; ……….

………grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17) 

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If only they listened

Wherefore we again and most earnestly exhort the ordinaries of the dioceses and the heads of religious congregations to use the utmost vigilance over teachers, and first of all in the seminaries; and should they find any of them imbued with the errors of the modernists and eager for what is new and noxious, or lacking in docility to the prescriptions of the Apostolic See, in whatsoever way published, let them absolutely forbid the teaching office to such; so, too, let them exclude from sacred orders those young men who give the very faintest reason for doubt that they favor condemned doctrines and pernicious novelties.  (Pope St. Pius X PRAESTANTIA SCRIPTURAE)

Giuseppe Sarto (Pius X) was a man of a simple background who did not let the “sophisticated” men of his day muddle the Church’s teaching by fancy verbiage. He eminated the  natural “Sensus Catholicus” of the common man, akin to the reaction of organism when a disease is introduced. This “Catholic Sense” is a virtue we should all cultivate at this time when the wolves are prowling. It took almost 40 years before he was canonized by Pius XII…ahem..ahem….to the JPII “The Superest Pope Ever, he should have been Canonized by now” crowd out there. A complete lack of historical context. There are Martyrs that have yet to be Canonized, do you not see anything wrong with this picture? I am in no way saying JPII should/should not be, just let the process take it’s natural course, and stop yammering about, it’s obnoxious.

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All the Pope has to do  now is put on the Rudy-Red slippers, click his heels not once, not twice, but thrice, while reciting: “There’s no Mass like the Latin Mass, There’s no Mass like the Latin Mass”…and whalla. Also: rumour ( next Monday?)

Example of Rudy Red slippers worn by Pontiffs throughout the years:

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Feed My Sheep

He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep( John 21:17)

 Also follow up to older post about young people’s reaction to their 1st Tridentine Mass: (Go 1) (Go 2)

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Hello All, I hope everyone had a Holy and Happy Easter Sunday, and wishes for continued joy this Pashaltide. For Paschaltide, the header has been changed. The painting of the Resurrection is by Passignano.

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That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light to the people, and to the Gentiles. ( Acts 26:23)

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Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ Jesus, are baptized in his death? For we are buried together with him by baptism into death; that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.  ( Romans 6:1)

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Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified.  Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band; And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head. And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him. 

And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up his cross. And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink. And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.

And they sat and watched him. And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and one on the left.  And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

 In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking, said: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am the Son of God. And the selfsame thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  (Matt 27: 26-46)

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Priesthood

For when you see the Lord sacrificed, and laid upon the altar, and the priest standing and praying over the victim, and all the worshippers empurpled with that precious blood, can you then think that you are still amongst men, and standing upon the earth? Are you not, on the contrary, straightway translated to Heaven, and casting out every carnal thought from the soul, do you not with disembodied spirit and pure reason contemplate the things which are in Heaven? Oh! what a marvel! what love of God to man! He who sits on high with the Father is at that hour held in the hands of all, and gives Himself to those who are willing to embrace and grasp Him. And this all do through the eyes of Faith! (St. John Chrysoston, On the Priesthood Book III)

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Jesus,
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
For your unfaithful and tepid priests;
For your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
For your tempted priests;
For your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
For your dying priests;
For the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priest dearest to me;
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me
Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly in time and Eternity. Amen.
-St. Thérèse de Lisieux

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Hoc Est Corpus Meum

And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. (Matt 26:26)

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The Gentiles

All the ends of the earth shall remember, and shall be converted to the Lord: And all the kindreds of the Gentiles shall adore in his sight. For the kingdom is the Lord’s; and he shall have dominion over the nations. All the fat ones of the earth have eaten and have adored: all they that go down to the earth shall fall before him. And to him my soul shall live: and my seed shall serve him. There shall be declared to the Lord a generation to come: and the heavens shall shew forth his justice to a people that shall be born, which the Lord hath made. (Psalm 21:28)

Church of Mary and all Marytred Saints formerly, the Pantheon.

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Cross of Jesus Christ

To carry the cross, to love the cross, to chastise the body and bring it to subjection, to flee honors, to endure contempt gladly, to despise self and wish to be despised, to suffer any adversity and loss, to desire no prosperous days on earth — this is not man’s way. If you rely upon yourself, you can do none of these things, but if you trust in the Lord, strength will be given you from heaven and the world and the flesh will be made subject to your word. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you are armed with faith and signed with the cross of Jesus Christ. (Imitation of Christ)

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