Archive for August, 2007

Sanctity alone makes us what our divine vocation demands, men crucified to the world and to whom the world has been crucified, men walking in newness of life who, in the words of St. Paul, show themselves as ministers of God in labors, in vigils, in fasting, in chastity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere charity, in the word of truth; men who seek only heavenly things and strive by every means to lead others to them. (Pope St. Pius X: Haerent Animo)

St. Pius X (Also see pics of Canonization by Pius XII). Also (Video of Canonization)













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Artistic Miscellany

Now for some Paintings that I have almost no info on.  (sorry).  

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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (Painting of Pope Pius VI)

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With an energized Islam growing in our midsts, the last thing we in the West would want is an emasculated manhood, right? Ladies, you have two choices: You can have either the Benign Patriarchy of Christianity of your Grand-Mothers Age, or the Tyrannical Misogyny of Islam of your Grand-Daughters Age (God forbid it happening!).  The second fastest growing false religion in the West: Feminism:

Are women  going the way of the female hyena? In case you did not know, the female hyena has become the dominant gender, and has grown a pseudo-phallis to mimic the male.   (2nd article)

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Working Man

For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat. (Thes 3:10) 

The Pope is not that different than us working stiffs:

The only way to start the morning:

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Begin the Day: Meetings, meetings, meetings:

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(What’ya mean “who is this?”, you left me a Voice Mail):

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Off to Lunch, a Nice Walk

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Gotta finish this up, and I’m outta here!:

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“Well, at least it’s a quick commute”:

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Home is where the Heart is:

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The only way to end the day:

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Latin Mass Network

These guys seem to be starting something nice, and a very good locator tool:

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Summer in the City




The below painting summarizes what it is like for the average single (or married for that matter) man living in NYC in the Summer (or any other season for that matter). Gosh ladies, we already know God did his best work with the female of our species, but do you have to flaunt that fact? Give us a break! It’s been a long summer. All jokes aside….St. Anthony of the Desert, you Great ancient warrior, ora pro nobis.

Temptation of St. Anthony


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The Sword

Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. (Matt 10:34)

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King St. Louis IX

If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it. If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either though vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend him in the matter of his gifts.

Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Always side with the poor rather than with the rich, until you are certain of the truth.

Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.  (St. Louis words to his son)

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Young King Louis IX freeing prisoners

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Blessing from a Bishop

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Getting Ready to go on Crusade

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On Crusade

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Death of St. Louis IX

General Crusader pics:

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Peter the Hermit Preaching Crusade (How UnEcumenical of him!)

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Princess Grace/Prince Ranier

Since everybody seemed to love the Princess Grace pic (especially the Ladies),  I might as well give you the rest, huh? Well here you go:

Look down with favor, O Lord, we beseech Thee, upon these Thy servants, and graciously protect this, Thine ordinance, whereby Thou hast provided for the propagation of mankind; that they who are joined together by Thy authority may be preserved by Thy help; through Christ our Lord. Amen.  (Holy Matrimony)

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After the wedding, in keeping with Tradition, the Princess goes to St. Devote Church:

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Grace Kelly in a Private moment of Prayer (Don’t know when, before/after wedding) :

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Our Duty

As Vicar of Him Who in a decisive hour pronounced before the highest earthly authority of that day, the great words: “For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, hearest My voice” (Saint John xviii. 37), We feel We owe no greater debt to Our office and to Our time than to testify to the truth with Apostolic firmness: “to give testimony to the truth.” This duty necessarily entails the exposition and confutation of errors and human faults; for these must be made known before it is possible to tend and to heal them. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (Saint John viii. 32). 

In the fulfillment of this, Our duty, we shall not let Ourselves be influenced by earthly considerations nor be held back by mistrust or opposition, by rebuffs or lack of appreciation of Our words, nor yet by fear of misconceptions and misinterpretations. We shall fulfill Our duty, animated ever with that paternal charity which, while it suffers from the evils which afflict Our children, at the same time points out to them the remedy; We shall strive to imitate the Divine Model of shepherds, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who is light as well as love: “Doing the truth in charity”. (Pius XII, Summi Pontificatus)

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Sick and tired of trying to find suitable toys for Christmas? Look no further! Now your kids could play “Pope” (in traditional regalia no less!). Imagine: you are sitting in the living room, your boy sitting on floor playing with his Transformer toys, and you hear from the lad, “Optimus Prime, for not repenting of your most foul Heresy denying the efficacious effect of Grace on man’s salvation, and obstinately embracing the errors of Pelagius, I pronounce you Anathema Sit!”.

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(Found here)

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 From Prisoners to Royalty all knelt to receive the Eucharist on the tongue.

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Wakefield Jail

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Princess Grace receiving Holy Communion

Story: That night the little girl came back. Slipping past the guard at the priest’s house, she went inside the Church. There she made a holy hour of prayer, an act of love to make up for the act of hatred. After her holy hour she went into the sanctuary, knelt down, bent over and with her tongue received Jesus in Holy Communion, since it was not permissible at that time for laymen to touch the Sacred Host with their hands.

The little girl continued to come back each night to make her holy hour and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on her tongue. On the thirty-second night, after she had consumed the last and thirty-second host, she accidentally made a noise and woke the guard who was sleeping. He ran after her, caught her, and beat her to death with the butt of his rifle. (Story from Archbishop Sheen)

Now: Casually received by all in the paw:

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Besides having the odour of Sacrilege, it diminishes belief in the Real Presence (the only real “accomplishment” of allowing it). It’s also bad for Ecumenism with our Seperated Brethren (Orthodox, not the Protestants) , See:

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During the Latin Mass you had the missal if you wanted to follow it in English. It was almost mystical. It gave you an awareness of heaven, of the awesome humility of God who manifests Himself in the guise of bread and wine. The love that He had for us, His desire to remain with us is simply awesome. You could concentrate on that love, because you weren’t distracted by your own language. You could go anywhere in the world and you always knew what was going on. It was contemplative because as the Mass was going on you could close your eyes and visualize what really happened. You could feel it. You could look to the east and realize that God had come and was really present. The way it is today with the priest facing the people, its something between the people and the priest. Too often it’s just some kind of get-together and Jesus is all but forgotten. (Mother Angelica’s thoughts on the TLM)  ………………………….

For the first time in its 26 year history, Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will be broadcasting a live Solemn High Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama on September 14, 2007 at 8:00AM EST. (Read Details)

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Romanism! Part IX

Romanism! Part IX (See Previous Romanism!)

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All Holy Years declared until 1925

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Albino Luciani (future John Paul I) being consecrated bishop by Bl. John XXIII

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Bl. Von Galen at Consistory making him a Cardinal

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The tonsure itself is not an ordination properly so called, nor a true order. It is rather a simple ascription of a person to the Divine service in such things as are common to all clerics. Historically the tonsure was not in use in the primitive Church during the age of persecution. Even later, St. Jerome (in Ezech., xliv) disapproves of clerics shaving their heads. Indeed, among the Greeks and Romans such a custom was a badge of slavery. On this very account, the shaving of the head was adopted by the monks. Towards the end of the fifth, or beginning of the sixth, century, the custom passed over to the secular clergy.  (New Advent Article)


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Priests playing Handball (notice tonsures).

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The Assumption of Mary

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We rejoice greatly that this solemn event falls, according to the design of God’s providence, during this Holy Year, so that we are able, while the great Jubilee is being observed, to adorn the brow of God’s Virgin Mother with this brilliant gem, and to leave a monument more enduring than bronze of our own most fervent love for the Mother of God. For which reason, after we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith. (Pius XII Munificentissimus Deus)




(Video of the Historic Event)

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Not in Vain

For if the dead rise not again, neither is Christ risen again. And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins. Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ, are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep: (Cor 15:16)



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The World

And these likewise are they that are sown on the stony ground: who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and persecution ariseth for the word they are presently scandalized. And others there are who are sown among thorns: these are they that hear the word, And the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things entering in choke the word, and it is made fruitless. (Mark 4:16)

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756* (see appendix)

That’s right, *, that’s it. Get used to it Barry. I know I just usually put “Churchy” things on this blog, but the whole Barry Bonds thing is making me sick. The guy is a cheater, overt and boldface. We are now supposed to sit here, smile, and make-believe otherwise. The idea is that the skeptics concerning Mr. Bonds should hold their tongues for at least a lil’ while, and permit him to savour his “accomplishment”. The sad part is so many Americans were cheering him on, fully aware of the accusations of Steriod abuse leveled against him. I guess it’s the new American motto: “The Ends do indeed justify the Means”. As long as you “win” no one cares about how. Not me! From now on he is Mr. *. Also, take a look at the below pictures side by side. One was of Mr. Bonds in his early 20’s. As you can see he was quite athletic to begin with, probably due to a weight-lifting regimen. The other is of Mr. Bonds now. Notice he put on a ton of muscle in his 30’s. Question: What normal man who was already athletic puts on a large amount of muscle mass in his 30’s? Most guys who get big usually do it in their teens and 20’s, when men have naturally higher levels of Testosterone. By the time men are in the late 20’s/early 30’s the hormone levels go down to a “normal” adult level. Purely anecdotal: Notice the lower violent crime rates for men as the increase in age. Oh Barry, who you fooling?

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Attacked, but Not Defeated

The society which Christ founded can be attacked, but not defeated, for she draws her strength from God, not from man. And yet, there is no doubt that she will be harassed through the centuries by persecutions, by contradictions, by calumnies — as was the lot long ago of her Divine Founder — for He said: “If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”But it is equally certain that, just as Christ our Redeemer rose in triumph, so the Church shall someday win a peaceful victory over all her enemies.

Have confidence, therefore; be brave and steadfast soldiers. We wish to counsel you in the words of St. Ignatius, martyr, although We know you do not require such counsel: “Serve Him for whom you fight. . . May none of you desert Him! Your baptism must be a shield; your faith a helmet; your charity a lance; your patience a suit of armor. Your works should be your credentials, so that you may be worthy to receive your reward.” (Pope Pius XII: Meminisse Juvat)

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Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. (Matt 18:3)

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One Month Later….

One month after the Motu Proprio was released.

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Midnight Mass USS Wisconsin 1953

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Overly Intellectual

Ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth. (Tim 3:7)

All you amateur theologians out there! Keep it Simple!


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Look Towards the East

Why the insistence on an Eastward-facing position for both priest and congregation? From early on, Christians adopted the Jewish practice of praying toward Eden, in the East (Gen. 2:8), the direction from which Ezekiel saw come “the glory of the God of Israel” (Ezek 43:2,4), the direction in which Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives and wherefrom He will return (Acts 1:11), and the direction whence the Angel of the Lord will come in the end time (Rev. 7:2). Tertullian informs us that Christian churches are “always” oriented “toward the light”. (Adoremus Article)

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Field Service of Jews in the German army.

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Window Shows it All

If you are a regular viewer of this blog, well you probably really like Catholic pictures. So just in case you have never seen it, you should go to this blog, which has some amazing Holy Cards. (The Window Shows it all). Example:

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Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid. (St. Ignatius, Letter to the Smyrnaeans)

Lech Walesa

Antonio Gaudi, architect of Holy Family Cathedral in Spain


Engelbert Dolfuss


Cardinal Mindszenty


Blessed Card. Von Galen


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From Father Z’s blog: Signs point to the First Sunday of Advent – The Director of “Latinitas”, at last we will have a common prayer of praise to God.

The Pope could celebrate publicly Mass in Latin according to the Rite of St. Pius V.  An official introduction of the Rite which, as far as ADNKRONOS has learned from authoritative Vatican sources, could take place on the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year. (Link)

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Lost: Ostrich Feathers on pole with Papal coat of Arms (aka Flabella) used in Papal Ceremonies. Were in possession of Paul VI in the 1970’s. Last seen: in the vicinty of Vatican Hill, Rome.

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Found: I think we found out that Paul VI gave them to some Korean girls for safe-keeping (I think they modified them, ya’ know with Vat II inculturation and all):

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Deliver you from danger

If thou go out to war against thy enemies, and see horsemen and chariots, and the numbers of the enemy’s army greater than thine, thou shalt not fear them: because the Lord thy God is with thee, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt. And when the battle is now at hand, the priest shall stand before the army, and shall speak to the people in this manner: Hear, O Israel, you join battle this day against your enemies, let not your heart be dismayed, be not afraid, do not give back, fear ye them not: Because the Lord your God is in the midst of you, and will fight for you against your enemies, to deliver you from danger. (Deut 20:2)

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Before Omaha Beach landing

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