Friday, April 18, 2014

Pedicure Thursday


I've never understood the desire to give or receive cheap grace.

Why would a priest want to cheapen the understanding of our sacred ritual memorializing the institution of the priesthood?

Those of us who mystically pray literally take flight to the time and place of Christ. On Holy Thursday, to the moment Christ ordained His first priests.

What a moment and a gift it is to be taken there.

They have cheapened it to a moment where we are watching them be nice.

Instead of transcendence and mystical prayer, the objective now is to have people in the pews think about how nice they are to give twelve people a pedicure. Another time and moment when we're robbed of intimacy with Christ.

It's like showing up for Mass and having the priest load me on a bus and sing Old McDonald Had a Farm on the way to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I don't get it.

I don't want to get it.

Look where this unfortunate soul went with it.

(Is she Episcopalian now?)

I used to grit my teeth through the larceny on this Holy night and watch their show.

I can't do it anymore.

To find peace, I check out. I've always brought reading material to try take flight myself to this sacred moment. This year, a friend gave me a Maryknoll Missal. I cherish it. It's like an express ticket to intimacy with Christ and the Communion of Saints.

This girl is never going for the pedicure Thursday right again.

My Triduum is off to a magnificent start. I sat with the True Relic for an hour today, 1/4 inch from Christ's Cross. What a gift. (n.b. Don't forget about the Divine Mercy Novena which began today - many graces always come from it)

Blessed Triduum to each of you. Pray for me. I am praying for you and yours.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blessed Triduum!


Please forgive the Lenten hiatus, but I wanted to wish you all a very blessed Triduum!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fall River Diocese Retaliatory Attack Against Catholic Action League


Before I get into the astounding admission by Fr. Wilson that he used the diocesan newspaper to retaliate against CJ Doyle, here's the background:

You remember back when Marty Walsh got elected and took it upon himself to force Catholic veterans organizing St. Patrick's Day Parade to incorporate honoring taking pride in active homosexual sex?

Remember it turned out there were actually no homosexual servicemen? It was just a militant homofascist group?

Really, where is Marty Walsh's respect for those who practice the Catholic religion and have the constitutional right to reject the insidious demoralization of American citizens.

Do you think he would dare suggest the muslims on ramadan that they include a theme taking pride in homosexual sex?

Marty Walsh needed a reality check.

As a Catholic parade named after a Catholic Saint, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is a family event honoring a Catholic Saint and our Irish Catholic heritage culture - which reflects our values. Irish Catholics bring their families and children to an event that honors the service of Irish Catholics in the military, police, fire departments and other avocations. We stand on the sidewalks as they march by and we express and demonstrate our gratitude with clapping, saluting, etc.

Marty Walsh needed to be sat down in a chair in the Chancery and told directly by the Cardinal that as an Irish Catholic event, we do not wish nor can we even if we wanted to, be forced to yell whoot-whoot at people who want to wear shirts telling us they're having same sex sexual relations.

Marty needed to be told by the Cardinal that even if he could not bring himself to respect our religion, we have constitutional freedoms which prohibit him from forcing immorality down our throats and he ought to stop using his political power to violate our constitutional rights. He could have been told there is already a parade that takes pride in and even simulates same sex in the streets of Boston and they are welcome to express their values there. Knock themselves out. This is a parade where Catholic families are gathered. Homosexuals are welcome, have always been welcome right along with the rest of us who struggle with this or that sin, but nobody is welcome to ask us to endorse immoral conduct.

As our Catholic veterans were being bullied by Mayor Walsh, Cardinal O'Malley hid under his bed, as did his craven administration.

These are the facts.

Only one Catholic apostolate, and one principal of a Catholic school stepped forward to defend our families and our veterans - CJ Doyle of the Catholic Action League and Brother Thomas Dalton of Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

I know what you're wondering, did any priests speak up?

Why yes, yes one did.

Fr. Wilson, editor of the Fall River diocesan newspaper, wrote an editorial saying somebody around this place is distracting us from holiness - and he wasn't talking about Marty Walsh and the people who wanted Catholics to congratulate them for having same sex attractions.

Those people were not distractions, heavens no.

To Fr. Wilson, CJ Doyle and Brother Dalton were the distractions.

The Cardinal could not say anything because he might be criticized!

They collapse when faced with criticism.

Curiously, while Fr. Wilson sees criticism as something naughty, he takes it upon himself to...criticize!!

Duplicity, meet Fr Wilson!

Fr. Wilson said "the Archdiocese" had "nothing to gain" by speaking out.

Honestly,this priest really finally helped me to get it.

I finally get it.

When stuff is happening to us, they are looking at every situation trying to figure out how and what they can gain from it.

What we lose, what our children lose, what the culture loses is not even on their radar.

Even when it comes to our salvation and the salvation of our children.

What a rude awakening. Really and truly.

Talk about scandal.

Fr. Wilson also claimed that Cardinal O'Malley can't speak out in the public square on any issues because he lost his moral authority over the sexual abuse crisis.

Really?

Perhaps Cardinal O'Malley didn't read Fr. Wilson's editorial before he packed his bags to head to the Mexican border to pull a publicity stunt with Bishop Kicanas who is accused of covering up the sexual abuse of minors.

I'd like to see an editorial explaining the sudden discovery of moral authority with a bishop involved in a cover up scandal.

I am not feeling charitable enough to dispel any other nonsense in Fr. Wilson's editorial, including his assertion that Fr. Feeney was in error when he proclaimed that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church. I presume Fr. Wilson was taught in the seminary that this teaching does not preclude the mercy of Christ in particular situations, but the facts are the facts. Anyone who knew or should have known and reject the Catholic Church to seek salvation outside of Her is not in a position for eternal salvation. I don't know the particulars either. I just know Feeney was right about that one.

I don't think many other Catholics were feeling very charitable about Fr. Wilson's editorial either.

The feedback was quite negative.

Astoundingly, Fr. Wilson explains himself by disclosing that his editorial was retaliation against CJ for 'attacking' the Archdiocese.

When Catholic veterans are being persecuted and our families are being pressured by politicians, Fr. Wilson felt the urge to defend ...the archdiocese.


I was attempting to defend the archdiocese when it was attacked by the Catholic Action League

All that was said was, the Archdiocese is doing nothing.

Always defending the indefensible. What gets me is, they are willing to slander men who will not look the other way.

Unwilling to face their own cowardice, they use their newspapers to publish a screed based upon the foolish notion their silence is a public service to the sheep.

Fr. Wilson goes on to explain the custom of priests to withhold teaching moral theology to millions because of the handful of people who may be offended by it. He explains that when you withhold Church teaching while simultaneously sponsoring events that promote homosexual sex in the presence of millions of Catholics, this is how the handful of people are convinced they need to be chaste.

Get it?

The last 50 years of withholding Church teaching and sponsoring programs that support homosexual sex, they thought they were converting everyone into chastity.

They're going to roll it out more aggressively with Pope Francis.

This is what they think Jesus did, saved Himself from criticism through silence.

You don't want to know what I'm thinking today.

Suffice it to say that I do not take too kindly to the boys in the diocese looking out for what they get out of every situation for themselves using the Catholic newspaper to attack the handful of men watching over our families for what our families and our children are gaining and losing.

While our priests are all busy keeping an eye on the Catholics being ripped apart by the lions and trying to figure out how to avoid criticism, avoid teaching and get something out of it for themselves, they ought to have the decency not to slit the throats of the honorable men watching out for the rest of us.

Is that too much to ask?

Suck up the admiration and money and whatever else you are looking to "get out of" our slaughter.

Keep your criticisms of the martyrs to yourself.







Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Finally - Bishop Backs Sister Jane Dominic Laurel - Her Talk Consistent with Church Teaching


Kudos to Bishop Peter Jugis.

Stay tuned. TTC has a breaking story on Fall River Diocese newspaper "The Anchor" perverting righteousness and truth to defend the silence of the Boston Archdiocese as Catholic veterans were having their arm twisted by Mayor Walsh to enter a parade float themed with people obsessed with telling us they're hitting the sheets with so we can clap and yell woot-woot.

Does anyone know happened to the "Anchor" after Fr. Landry departed?

Seems like it's testosterone-light.

Monday, April 7, 2014

George Weigel Slams Cardinal O'Malley Publicity Stunt



I still can't get over that he's sunk low enough to use the Holy Sacrifice to usher in Obama's talking points on the destruction the sovereignty of our nation.

It's not clear to me how holding Mass in these circumstances can be anything other than politicized," Weigel said. A bit later, he added, "To turn the Mass into an act of essentially political theater is something I thought we had gotten over in the Church, no matter how noble the cause might be."

Don't miss the full interview in the Globe. Brace yourself.

Suddenly, he's Daniel Berrigan.

Something's going on. I can't put my finger on it but it has the stink of Obama.

BTW - I didn't know the scandalous Bishop Kicanas was his sidekick.

Longtime readers of TTC will remember BCI's succesful campaign to dethrone Bishop Kicanas for disturbing history regarding sexual antics at Fundelin Seminary. (More here)

He was recently accused of involvement in the sexual abuse cover up .

Why is the Pope's representative charged with fixing the problem of covering up the sexual abuse of minors inside of the Church pulling a publicity stunt with Bishop Kicanas?

I don't get it.

How serious does this make them look?

Is this part of the new program?

Take bishops accused of cover up to the borders to protest legal immigration and it will take the heat off of them?

Interesting the Boston Globe doesn't mention Kicanas sexual abuse cover up history, isn't it?

Where's SNAP and Bishop Accountability?

You know what the kicker is?

Cardinal O'Malley's balderdash that setting up this publicity stunt with the Blessed Sacrament to protest legal immigration is 'prolife'.

Did you ever see Cardinal O'Malley set up on the Boston Common to protest all the unjust legislation to kill unborn children?

Did he set up in front of the White House to protest the unjust HHS Mandate that Catholics pay for the abortifacients and abortions?

This is a man who tried to subcontract abortionists, promising the Commonwealth he'd give the unborn children a free ride in a taxi cab to the subcontracted facility.

With all the financial burdens and injustices foisted upon sick priests, the disappearance and other shenanigans with pension of priests and lay people from his own hands (HERE - HERE - HERE), caricaturing his Bennigan brothers act 'prolife' is tough to swallow.

Charlotte Nun Under the Bus



Excellent post by F. Z.

As I understand it, the school has removed any trace of Sister Jane from their website.

The sissies more reprehensible than the bullies



Some great comments:

George Orwell said,
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible”, never loses its relevance.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Priests Battling Loneliness?


Many prayers for our priests battling their demons. They are really up their necks in spiritual warfare that I acknowledge none of us could even attempt to understand.

But I must confess that I am always surprised when the monkey of loneliness gets on their backs.

Is it really loneliness?

Most are quite busy, dividing their gifts to families in more than one parish. Much like Christ who felt the power leave Him when the woman touched his cloak to draw His healing and Grace, they are...drained. Some so drained, they are empty. There is no structure around helping them feed and replace that power. It is hard to believe it, but there no programs in place to direct them to the company of Christ, the angels and saints - where loneliness can never be experienced.

From what I can gather from priests over the years, one of the major contributors to their loneliness is, the collegiality among fellow priests is in the dumps. There is no glue.

As you can imagine, those who are Sacramental, prayerful, interested in doing the breviary, visiting hospitals, teaching, running a parish that is geared towards bringing people to their salvation -- they don't want to be with fellow priests who are programming the demoralization of the people in their pews. It's oil and water.

Their bishop is an absentee father without the interest to keep their priests from the slow fade into darkness.

Does anyone actually have idea what the six or seven auxiliary bishops in Boston actually do? It is a serious question. What is their role and how do they spend their days from 9 to 5? I've asked countless priests and Catholics and nobody seems to know.

As a single parent, I speak and know many single people (including priests) who also have to find ways to connect their intimacy.

Isn't that what we are really talking about?

Our animus can't operate without the exchange of intimacy of the soul.

Intimacy is different than companionship, duty, service to God and the people around us.

Intimacy is where we plug in on a deep level. It is a mutual exchange beyond the rules and limits of rightly-placed personal boundaries.

Single people have to have the right balance of family members and friends to provide and give in healthy ways, but if they don't find that deep exchange with Christ, they will experience feeling alone.

Life is filled with work, play, exercise, nature, chores, family, friends, chores that I really look forward to time alone to plug into Christ, my Beloved. Generally, I've found a particular saint's readings -- depending upon what I am looking to draw from Christ in that particular phase of my life.

Fulton Sheen is a magnificent source for those who are looking for overall intimacy - especially if you are a beginner on that practice of intimately connecting with Christ. That man really had it going on. There are many books that focus on several points of entry to Christ's intimacy to find what to draw to satisfy your particular thirst of your spirit.

With the practice, you will find you can't get enough time alone to connect intimately with Christ, to rest, to fuel up.

Loneliness is impossible to experience after intimately drawing and refueling with Christ.

I was thinking about this time in history and I keep coming back to the same solutions.

Watch out what you fill yourself with because it will consume you. Make good choices.

The lyrics of Casting Crowns "It's a slow fade" comes to my mind. Lyrics below, video follows.


Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cardinal Kasper's Nonsense on Divorce Hits Sister Jane Dominic Laurel Between the Eyes



As many of you no doubt already know, Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel has been so traumatized by the thuggery of Catholic parents who are 'hurt' by Church teaching, she's quit all teaching and is taking a sabbatical.

Here's a reality check:

With very little exception, there's not a dime's worth of difference between what was done to Sister Jane and what is done to every priest, teacher, parent in every parish and school in the United States when you attempt to teach moral theology.

Think about it. When was the last time a priest or teacher taught moral theology without a group of thugs calling the Chancery who then tells the priest to never do it again?

It's all been silenced.

This is what they do to us.

Worse than silenced really. Catholics who try to uphold moral theology are made an example in the public square. It's the welcome wagon of those 'hurt' by Church teaching.

"This is what we will do to you if you teach moral theology".

All the wimps are under their desks or have taken to blogosphere to pound us here.

Once they have satisfactorily undermined Church teaching, beaten the practicing Catholic to a pulp, they bring in the insidious agenda to finish off the uncatechized.

This is what divine mercy looks like to them. They're living the dream.

After a decade of it, there are very few in a state of grace, leaving them without the tools to recognize, receive and process right from wrong. The pews are empty.

With teachers in secular schools and the culture ramming immorality down our children's throats - even asking for our priests to help parents affirm their children's moral compass correctly is met with thuggery.

I must say though, I was first caught off guard by the thuggery over divorce.

Then it dawned on me: This is what we have to look forward to if Cardinal Kasper's dictates are implemented by Pope Francis.

Sister Jane was up against Pope Francis telling reporters on a plane that the institution of marriage is so cheap every family should be allowed to have a couple of divorces. Followed by recruiting Cardinal Kasper and asking his see to get behind his kooky theology.

God help the poor dear woman who has laid down her life to teach the faith. She's had a good dose of what's left of charity in the pews and courage in Chancery.

I hope she has the right people around her. She ought to head to Fr. Groeschel's in an ambulance so he can explain the bankruptcy and tell her it isn't her, it's them.

What are these parents thinking?

What do they want to hear?

Divorce doesn't have consequences to children. Why Heavens no. Divorce is good for children. The only thing better than divorce is compounding it with adultery and weekly sacrilegious communion.

That really help us all out, won't it?

Please, sirs, pour us some more diabolical disorientation.

Here's your daily navigation meditation (it's about all I can muster!):

Let us not forget the weakness of the Apostles as the enemy seized Christ.

They all ran and hid.

Christ's hand-picked Pope ran towards the crowd of vigilantes to hang out and warm his hands with them.

It's all been done before.

Simon Peter, do you love me?

Yes, I love you.

Simon Peter, do you love me?

Yes, Lord, I love You.

Simon, son of John, do you love me?

Yes, Lord, you know everything, you know that I love You.

Shepherd my sheep.

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.


Hang in there.

Nobody said it was going to be easy. It all works out.

We've all just got to rise to the occasion. Each one of us.

Worthy is the Lamb.