Sunday, May 21, 2017
"IF" you love Me, you will keep my Commandments and THEN My Father will love him and we'll make our home with him.
And don't let anyone tell you anything different. Not even if a Pope, God help him, tries to caricature the tools of salvation as ideological fanaticism. Just a reminder from today's Gospel.
In a little bit of personal news, I recently sold my home and moved to a place that's about 60 miles from my beloved city of Boston. For the first time in my life, I don't live in the Archdiocese of Boston. (Though I will still be reporting on the shenanigans!)
It's a little unsettling to make a move from your spiritual home. There's a lot of work and high blood pressure involved in finding a parish where the priests keep all the Mz. Wearthepants and the poor uncatechized under their tutelege in check, celebrate a reverent Holy Sacrifice and keep the Protestant converts from turning the mission into the town's welcome wagon.
In this period of our history, I find all the work only leads to a temporary reprieve. The place goes up for grabs when a good shepherd moves on. Even most of the good shepherds are building consensus with ambiguity, cult of personality and religious entertainment. When he goes, whatever shtick the next leader has gets instantaneous traction. But at least when you have familiarity with your diocese, you know where all the landmines are and avoid them.
I really lucked out. I'm in one of the best parishes for practicing Catholics in the Commonwealth. You don't realize how the number of small things we let go of make such a huge impact.
In most parishes, there are a couple of handfuls of Catholics who are practicing living every day in a state of Sanctifying Grace and trying to teach their family and loved ones to do the same. We sit in the pews struggling for oxygen. We break our necks to juggle our chores and commitments to make to the hour a week the priest dedicates to the Sacrament to Reconciliation. More often than not, the priest isn't even sitting in the Confessional during the hour a week set aside for the Sacrament that absolves his people's sins. He's in the Sacristy or office counting the money or candles. When you finally find him and ask him to go back into the Confessional, he looks like he's just encountered the town's Tyrannosaurus Rex. He acts flustered an annoyed that time is being taken from what he's doing. And this happens with our orthodox priests!
This is the world most of us live in. We settle for validity of Sacraments in a place we at least won't hear heresy and we call it good. The people who attend Mass act like the walking dead. They're looking for a 30 minute Mass where they can stumble in and vocalize their disinterest and boredom with their prayers and the Sacred Liturgy and put the pedal to the metal heading to the greasy spoon for Sunday morning bacon and eggs and back home to mow their lawn.
The Catholicity of my new parish blew me away. The dynamic of people saying prayers like they are communicating in their loving relationship with Christ, there were about 40 women wearing mantillas at the Novus Ordo, everyone was well-dressed for the banquet, excellent catechesis in the homilies, vespers on Sunday night, 24 hour adoration, priest-led consecration to Christ through Mary, etc.
The place is rocking. Every Mass is filled to the rafters.
The difference between this and orthodox priests building consensus with cult of personality is - wait for it...Confessions before EVERY MASS! A half hour of confessions, sitting in the chair, before every Mass so that every person who needs confession has it available to them at a time they can make it work on a consistent basis. Every person knows the priest puts the absolution of sin as his number one priority. There is no chasing him around the sanctuary and giving you the stinkeye when you catch up to him. It is a steady flow of Sanctifying Grace that survives the tenure of the priest.
When I've mentioned this to priests, they immediately fly into a sob story about time management does not allow dedicated time for the absolution of sins when people can actually come.
We've got to work harder to get traction on this. It's worth making our number one priority.
Joan Chittister says people who make an issue out of the killing of Jews or Christians or unwanted relatives are superficial.
She goes on to say that refusing to broaden your acceptance of Herod just because his government kills babies "is a narrow, delimiting approach to the very essence of life".
When you read the history of the holocaust and wonder what kind of people supported Hitler's political ideology, remember Joan Chittister.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Before I post the link, be warned: This one's a doozy.
"... the Apostles and the elders choose some of them to go to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. Among them there are two groups of people: the ones who engage in “strong discussions” but with “good spirit,” and “those who make confusion”
And he is Christendom's most famous poster boy for the latter but I digress.
Here's a reader's digest synopsis of his papacy:
Francis emphasizes the “freedom of the Spirit” that “reconciles” so pagans can enter the Church “without going through circumcision.” This is indeed the “first Council” of the Church - “the Holy Spirit and them, the Pope with the bishops, all together” - gathered to “clarify the doctrine”. Over the centuries, many other councils followed, for “It is duty of the Church to clarify the doctrine “so that” it is well understood what Jesus said in the Gospels, which is the Spirit of the Gospels”.
One must be aware, at the same time, that “there have always been those people who, without any assignment, go on to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upset souls:
About 50% of the time he is spewing nonsense. The other 50% he is making up long-winded parables about how skanky people are who explain to him that he's contradicted Church teaching.
They “were not believers, they were ideologized,” they have only one ideology “that closed their hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit.” The Apostles on the contrary, argue, yes, even in a strong way, but they are not ideologized: “They had their heart open to what the Spirit had to say. And that was noticed by the Spirit and us. “
You know what's funny about watching this dog continuously chase its tail, ad nauseum?
Pope Francis is oblivious to the fact that the HOLY Spirit is talking to him at a deafening decibel level and his own heart is closed to what the Paraclete is saying. His own ideology, and the ideas of all the nuts he gathers around him, divide THEM from Church doctrine. That's not the work of the Holy Spirit.
The people on the same side as Church teaching aren't divided from it.
The fact that we will never join them in their division from the true doctrines of the Church is getting under the Holy Father's skin. And that is duly noted by the Holy Spirit and us.
Put that in your Roman crack pipes and smoke it.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
I knew there was something fishy in the Vatican's talking points in Medjugorje
They are taking the position that the Blessed Mother likely appeared in Medjugorje seven times but following those appearances, the 'seers' have been lying.
I think that's very generous. It's inconsistent with the Blessed Mother's nature to choose to appear to people whom she knew would lie about the messages she conveyed to them.
I kept asking myself why on earth their solution to this mess was to set up shop parallel to the frauds and crooks.
What's next? Setting up an office in pope Michael's "see"?
Then I read this:
The commission also recommended turning the town’s parish Church of St. James into a pontifical shrine with Vatican oversight. The move, the commission said, would not signify recognition of the apparitions, but would acknowledge the faith and pastoral needs of the pilgrims while ensuring a proper accounting of the financial donations pilgrims leave.
Of course! They want to make sure the right amount of money is being put in their wallets!
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Some excellent observations in this blog post.
There's many more mad moms and dads where that came from!
First of all, the faithful Catholics suffering from same-sex attraction are not having their needs met by the Church.
There is no question that same sex attraction is being badly mismanaged by the Church.
The chances a priest will shepherd a same sex couple to a state of Sanctifying Grace are about the same as their chances at winning the lottery.
Heterosexual couples at least have the prospect of Sacramental Marriage save them from the misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance of priests like Martin. But, I wonder how many of them are led to the Sacrament of Confession before they embark on the right road.
Priests don't have to drop a nuclear bomb onto the process by saying "I see you are living together or sexually active, so you'll have to go to Confession before I marry you". One should casually mention the importance of entering into a Sacramental vocation in a state of Grace, this is your practice as a priest, hand them a booklet that helps examine conscience before Confession, give them a sheet with local confession times in yours and neighboring parishes and ask them to do it.
OneMadMom points out many of the reasons.
Watching priests like Martin who have the power to do it instead empowering people to commit mortal sin is infuriating.
But something is left out of this narrative: Priests'(Bishop and now the Holy Father's) pastoral malpractice committed upon faithful Catholic families.
I don't want to call it 'the Church' because the Church remains faithful.
Decades of redacting Church teaching from everything they say and do, filling teaching roles with Catholics who contradict Church teaching. Telling generations of children the Catechism they are being taught at home is antiquated and hateful and the mortal sins they are teaching to commit is 'love'.
In the past, we've tiptoed away from it. Kept quiet in the pews or found another parish or fled Sodom and Gommorah and landed in TLM to get away from their nonsense. I think it was a mistake not to play the victims. Upon the election of this macabre counterfeit church into the Chair of Peter, they have absolutely no idea we exist and are, in fact, the majority.
The episcopal see seems mystified as to why the Church has split in half. It has caught them off-guard. They don't seem to even know Christ's Church is indivisible from It's Teaching, which positions them on the wrong side of the ax.
Over the course of the past year or so - actually since the Synod - they have watched us lift the ax over their heads and have come to terms with the reality that we will fearlessly swing it.
Happy Mother's Day!!!!
Friday, May 12, 2017
With Novenas and Consecrations winding down, can you believe 100th Anniversary of Fatima is finally imminent?
I know many if not most readers are tapped into Fr. Heilman's Consecration, Novenas, etc., and are receiving emails regarding the renewal your consecrations, but here are the prayers of Consecration.
The consecration is simple. Be in a state of Grace, say the prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament, preferably in front of a statue of the Blessed Mother.
If you have reservations because you have not kept up with all of the prayers, I would encourage you not to let the things that fell through the cracks stop your consecration, so long as you are willing to devote yourself to offering your prayers, fasts, sufferings, works of mercy, etc., to her and through her, so that she may boost the power and efficacy of our prayers.
A consecration to Christ through Mary is tough to explain, nevermind live! It does not have to be done perfectly. Like everything else, we keep trying, renewing our consecrations to help us on the long, long road to perfection.
You do not have to abandon your own intercessions for your family and loved ones. It is an entrustment. We entrust what we will, desire, hope and pray for the people we love and the world to Mary so that she may plead to Christ on our behalf. Though she may do as she wills with our offerings, she is ever looking out for our best interest and the interests of those we love and care about.
The Wedding Feast at Cana illustrates how she mothers us. The bride, groom and their family did not have to tell Mary they were out of wine. She knew their needs and approached Christ for the miracle.
While Christ seems distracted and oblivious to the need, this event in the Life of Christ demonstrates Mary's role, which is really the role of every woman in the Church, community. While running out of wine doesn't come across to Christ as an emergency He should deal with, Mary knows this simple glitch would embarrass and bring negativity to the celebration of a wedding. To Christ, this is minutia. But Mary as a woman, the Woman, is intimately connected to our hearts, desires. The things men miss because of their nature. When we develop an intimate spiritual relationship with her, she helicopters over our lives and is interceding for us and our families before we even bring them to her attention.
It's foolish, but I admit to struggling with letting go of desired outcomes for prayers, fasting, Masses, Rosary, Novenas, etc. So I'm grateful for opportunities to re-consecrate and remind myself that I am actually limiting the efficacy of my spiritual life, prayers and intercessions.
I know many are concerned about the approaching Anniversary and the warnings Mary gave to us at Fatima. This is a great link to read over the next few days. Some great commentary, both encouraging and disturbing. At the end of the day the Book of Revelation explains the unraveling which we all know will happen some day. All we can do is keep interceding and pushing the events further into the future.
Good reading here.
I love the way Sr. Lucia so calmly dealt with reality:
“The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady's words: ‘If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated' (13-VII-1917).
The third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message, conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: ‘If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.'.
Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc.
And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible”.(5)
Excellent reflection from Pope Benedict when he was at the CDF - long but wanted to post excerpt:
The first and second parts of the “secret” of Fatima have already been so amply discussed in the relative literature that there is no need to deal with them again here. I would just like to recall briefly the most significant point. For one terrible moment, the children were given a vision of hell. They saw the fall of “the souls of poor sinners”. And now they are told why they have been exposed to this moment: “in order to save souls”—to show the way to salvation. The words of the First Letter of Peter come to mind: “As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls” (1:9). To reach this goal, the way indicated —surprisingly for people from the Anglo-Saxon and German cultural world—is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A brief comment may suffice to explain this. In biblical language, the “heart” indicates the centre of human life, the point where reason, will, temperament and sensitivity converge, where the person finds his unity and his interior orientation. According to Matthew 5:8, the “immaculate heart” is a heart which, with God's grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore “sees God”. To be “devoted” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiat—“your will be done”—the defining centre of one's whole life. It might be objected that we should not place a human being between ourselves and Christ. But then we remember that Paul did not hesitate to say to his communities: “imitate me” (1 Cor 4:16; Phil 3:17; 1 Th 1:6; 2 Th 3:7, 9). In the Apostle they could see concretely what it meant to follow Christ. But from whom might we better learn in every age than from the Mother of the Lord?
Thus we come finally to the third part of the “secret” of Fatima which for the first time is being published in its entirety. As is clear from the documentation presented here, the interpretation offered by Cardinal Sodano in his statement of 13 May was first put personally to Sister Lucia. Sister Lucia responded by pointing out that she had received the vision but not its interpretation. The interpretation, she said, belonged not to the visionary but to the Church. After reading the text, however, she said that this interpretation corresponded to what she had experienced and that on her part she thought the interpretation correct. In what follows, therefore, we can only attempt to provide a deeper foundation for this interpretation, on the basis of the criteria already considered.
“To save souls” has emerged as the key word of the first and second parts of the “secret”, and the key word of this third part is the threefold cry: “Penance, Penance, Penance!” The beginning of the Gospel comes to mind: “Repent and believe the Good News” (Mk 1:15). To understand the signs of the times means to accept the urgency of penance – of conversion – of faith. This is the correct response to this moment of history, characterized by the grave perils outlined in the images that follow. Allow me to add here a personal recollection: in a conversation with me Sister Lucia said that it appeared ever more clearly to her that the purpose of all the apparitions was to help people to grow more and more in faith, hope and love—everything else was intended to lead to this.
Let us now examine more closely the single images. The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgement which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword. The vision then shows the power which stands opposed to the force of destruction—the splendour of the Mother of God and, stemming from this in a certain way, the summons to penance. In this way, the importance of human freedom is underlined: the future is not in fact unchangeably set, and the image which the children saw is in no way a film preview of a future in which nothing can be changed. Indeed, the whole point of the vision is to bring freedom onto the scene and to steer freedom in a positive direction. The purpose of the vision is not to show a film of an irrevocably fixed future. Its meaning is exactly the opposite: it is meant to mobilize the forces of change in the right direction. Therefore we must totally discount fatalistic explanations of the “secret”, such as, for example, the claim that the would-be assassin of 13 May 1981 was merely an instrument of the divine plan guided by Providence and could not therefore have acted freely, or other similar ideas in circulation. Rather, the vision speaks of dangers and how we might be saved from them.
The next phrases of the text show very clearly once again the symbolic character of the vision: God remains immeasurable, and is the light which surpasses every vision of ours. Human persons appear as in a mirror. We must always keep in mind the limits in the vision itself, which here are indicated visually. The future appears only “in a mirror dimly” (1 Cor 13:12). Let us now consider the individual images which follow in the text of the “secret”. The place of the action is described in three symbols: a steep mountain, a great city reduced to ruins and finally a large rough-hewn cross. The mountain and city symbolize the arena of human history: history as an arduous ascent to the summit, history as the arena of human creativity and social harmony, but at the same time a place of destruction, where man actually destroys the fruits of his own work. The city can be the place of communion and progress, but also of danger and the most extreme menace. On the mountain stands the cross—the goal and guide of history. The cross transforms destruction into salvation; it stands as a sign of history's misery but also as a promise for history.
At this point human persons appear: the Bishop dressed in white (“we had the impression that it was the Holy Father”), other Bishops, priests, men and women Religious, and men and women of different ranks and social positions. The Pope seems to precede the others, trembling and suffering because of all the horrors around him. Not only do the houses of the city lie half in ruins, but he makes his way among the corpses of the dead. The Church's path is thus described as a Via Crucis, as a journey through a time of violence, destruction and persecution. The history of an entire century can be seen represented in this image. Just as the places of the earth are synthetically described in the two images of the mountain and the city, and are directed towards the cross, so too time is presented in a compressed way. In the vision we can recognize the last century as a century of martyrs, a century of suffering and persecution for the Church, a century of World Wars and the many local wars which filled the last fifty years and have inflicted unprecedented forms of cruelty. In the “mirror” of this vision we see passing before us the witnesses of the faith decade by decade. Here it would be appropriate to mention a phrase from the letter which Sister Lucia wrote to the Holy Father on 12 May 1982: “The third part of the ‘secret' refers to Our Lady's words: ‘If not, [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated'”.
In the Via Crucis of an entire century, the figure of the Pope has a special role. In his arduous ascent of the mountain we can undoubtedly see a convergence of different Popes. Beginning from Pius X up to the present Pope, they all shared the sufferings of the century and strove to go forward through all the anguish along the path which leads to the Cross. In the vision, the Pope too is killed along with the martyrs. When, after the attempted assassination on 13 May 1981, the Holy Father had the text of the third part of the “secret” brought to him, was it not inevitable that he should see in it his own fate? He had been very close to death, and he himself explained his survival in the following words: “... it was a mother's hand that guided the bullet's path and in his throes the Pope halted at the threshold of death” (13 May 1994). That here “a mother's hand” had deflected the fateful bullet only shows once more that there is no immutable destiny, that faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets and faith more powerful than armies.
The concluding part of the “secret” uses images which Lucia may have seen in devotional books and which draw their inspiration from long-standing intuitions of faith. It is a consoling vision, which seeks to open a history of blood and tears to the healing power of God. Beneath the arms of the cross angels gather up the blood of the martyrs, and with it they give life to the souls making their way to God. Here, the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs are considered as one: the blood of the martyrs runs down from the arms of the cross. The martyrs die in communion with the Passion of Christ, and their death becomes one with his. For the sake of the body of Christ, they complete what is still lacking in his afflictions (cf. Col 1:24). Their life has itself become a Eucharist, part of the mystery of the grain of wheat which in dying yields abundant fruit. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians, said Tertullian. As from Christ's death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church. Therefore, the vision of the third part of the “secret”, so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope: no suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a sign-post for man in his search for God. The loving arms of God welcome not only those who suffer like Lazarus, who found great solace there and mysteriously represents Christ, who wished to become for us the poor Lazarus. There is something more: from the suffering of the witnesses there comes a purifying and renewing power, because their suffering is the actualization of the suffering of Christ himself and a communication in the here and now of its saving effect.
And so we come to the final question: What is the meaning of the “secret” of Fatima as a whole (in its three parts)? What does it say to us? First of all we must affirm with Cardinal Sodano: “... the events to which the third part of the ‘secret' of Fatima refers now seem part of the past”. Insofar as individual events are described, they belong to the past. Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed. Fatima does not satisfy our curiosity in this way, just as Christian faith in general cannot be reduced to an object of mere curiosity. What remains was already evident when we began our reflections on the text of the “secret”: the exhortation to prayer as the path of “salvation for souls” and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion.
I would like finally to mention another key expression of the “secret” which has become justly famous: “my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world—because, thanks to her Yes, God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). The message of Fatima invites us to trust in this promise.
Prefect of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith
How I miss St. John Paul II on significant celebrations like this one. But I know he will be with us tomorrow.
Let us pray for eachother on this magnificent and powerful day. I will remember each of you!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
All he ever talks about is homosexual sex. Now he thinks some of the saints had same sex lovers.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and the only sounds out of its beak is 'quack, quack, quack' - it's a duck.
For the record: The process to canonization includes a long inspection into your underpants. Any hint of anything screwy in your sexual history and your cause gets kicked to the curb. So no, there are no gay saints.