Thursday, May 5, 2016
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for all who do not have recourse to you, especially the enemies of the Church and all those recommended to you.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Republican Party.
Trump is a bitter pill to digest.
I understand the frustration towards the GOP. The GOP is the machine that helps procure and fund candidates. They actually have the power to nurture or serve a fatal blow to a candidacy. This is their mission.
God knows they have been obstructing and muzzling real prolife candidates for decades on every level and branch of government.
They are absolutely clueless at how to detect what is politically trending, how to find the right tome, strike the right chord, find an affable candidate who delivers with conviction of the heart what we are desperate to hear.
Of course they are to blame for the Donald. Trump had his finger on the pulse of the people. He intercepted the ball and kept scoring touchdowns as the GOP wizards continued to try to sell us their well-invested quarterback.
I thought surely they would learn the valuable lesson with the disaster of the Mittens and reinvent themselves. I thought they would take a microscope to the success the communists had with Obama find the right candidate and talking points. I thought they would stop sabotaging real prolifers. I thought they would purge strategists and get fresh blood.
Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think they would go running back to the Mittens strategists and games. But they did
They learned absolutely nothing with the disaster of the Mittens and they will learn bupkis from Donald Trump.
They are tone-deaf. They will go right back to the drawing board to procure the same old monkeys for the same old circus.
It is what it is and everyone has the duty to, at the very least, get your fanny to the polls and vote for Trump so Hillary and the Democratic machine is shut down.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Fr. Z has, once again, expressed his convictions on the distinctions of holy water from the Old Rite and Novus Ordo.
In nearly 25 years as a priest (anniversary coming in May) I have only… only…. used the older Rituale Romanum to bless salt and Holy Water. I will not change in the next 25 years, if I am granted them.
I use holy water (and water from Lourdes) much more than the average person and occasionally will use blessed salt, but I am not using it as often as I should by any stretch of the imagination. Every time he expresses his zeal for holy water from the Old Rite, which I'm sure comes from experience, I promise myself I will make the time to track some down. Isn't easy to do.
Be sure to also read his replies to comments in the comment section.
He gives a great explanation of blessed salt and reminds us that blessed salt and holy water is also for CONSUMPTION!
Blessed salt can be used for spiritual purposes alone or also for consumption! The prayer in the traditional manner says:
O you creature of salt, I purge you of all evil by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, who commanded by the Prophet Elisha that you be put into water in order that the sterility of the water would be healed: so that you might be rendered a purified salt for the salvation of believers, and so that you might be a healthiness of soul and body to all who consume you, and so that you may put to flight and drive out from a place in which you will have been scattered every phantom and wickedness, and cunning trap of diabolical deceit, and every unclean spirit be solemnly banished by command through Him Who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. R. Amen.
Consume! Health of soul and of body!
As you can see, blessed salt is for the blessing of holy water, for sprinkling in places, and for consumption. And the Devil hates it.
We really need salt, for our bodies and for our souls.
Why do I keep forgetting this?!!
An excellent reminder. We are so blessed to have the internet where faithful priests are constantly reminding us of the treasures Christ left for our redemption and protection from the wiles of the devil.
Here's another priest I came across on Facebook.
Outstanding content. Love his zeal.
Fr. Mike Schmitz - anyone know where his gig is set up?
I found another one of his videos, tips on praying HERE.
Really, really practical, straight-forward delivery of lighting the darkness.
I'd love to find where he publishes from and tap us all into it.
This a great day in the life of the Church. Not only the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, but the first day of May, Mary's month.
Do you all crown the Blessed Mother during this month?
I usually make my own crown, though some years I've asked a florist to make it. Below is this year's crowning of the Queen of the Angels at the McKinley Hostel. This winter was unkind, so I gave her a paint job this year. Came out a little too dark-blue, so I'll have to do it again but at least she didn't go into her month chipped!
Hope and pray your month is filled with many spiritual blessings and the protection of Our Blessed Mother. Hope you've given thought to doing the consecration. I'll try to post it every day. Let us pray for each other!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia
Unfortunately, AL contains no verbal quotes of the principles underlying the moral teaching of the Church
And that pretty much summarizes the papacy.
Here is another written by canon lawyer Fr. Gerald Murray.
Thus ending any speculation that this document is faithful to the teachings of Christ Church.
I am loving this blog!
“Strike the shepherd and the sheep scatter” (Zec 13:7). There’s no doubt that the devil has focused his assault on the religious leaders of our day. While these leaders may have had noble intentions of charity and pastoral sensitivity, the results have been devastating. Decades of lenient, non-confrontational leadership have left the faithful feeble and prone to be “conformed to the pattern of this world” (Rom 12:2). St. Augustine once said, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”
The unfortunate laxity of discipline has permitted confusion and strife where there should be clarity and harmony, an authentic unity based on the truth. As a result, the modern trend among those who believe and teach falsehoods that directly contradict the Church’s teaching is to consider these pockets of dissent as merely “differing tribes” within the Catholic Church. In this deceptive tribal system, those who believe in and teach all that the Church teaches are then considered extreme among these tribes.
Right or wrong, religious leadership seemed to calculate that it is better to refrain from “charged issues” for fear of offending some or even losing members. However, St. Peter Canisius cautioned: “Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.”
It is time to “rally the troops” … to get on the same page. It’s time to assemble a coalition of leading experts in our time to formulate “the plan” to “Restore a Sense of the Sacred.” There are obvious names that come to mind: Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, and a score of Cardinals, Bishops, priests and laity who understand this critical need in our time; a time that is witnessing a mass exodus from the pews, and is allowing a multitude of souls to be in peril of eternal damnation.
Another fabulous post HERE.
As the medal is a prayer of exorcism against Satan, it is used to call down God’s blessing and protection upon us, through the intercession of the great saint. It is also a reminder of our baptismal rejection of all that is evil.
Don't be without this powerful sacramental.
Fr. Heilman is organizing a cyber consecration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's visits to Fatima:
May 13th of this year marks one year until the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She appeared six times to Lucia, 9, and her cousins Francisco, 8, and his sister Jacinta, 6, between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917. But, in the Spring of the year prior to Our Lady’s appearance, an angel appeared to the children to prepare them. That would make this, right now, the 100th anniversary of that angelic visit.
For those who are tuned into dates such as these, and tuned into the tumultuous times in which we live, there is a sense that “something is coming.” For more and more people, there seems to be an urgency to “prepare.” I wrote about this HERE.
In order to prepare for the “something coming” St. Maximilian Kolbe sensed, he modified the St. Louis de Montfort 33-day preparation for consecration to just 9 days, to make it more accessible. He simply had to get as many as possible consecrated in the shortest period of time. Hundreds of thousands of people were consecrated to Jesus through Mary, seemingly overnight.
I've done the 33 day consecration numerous times - it's intense. Intense in prayer, intense in spiritual attacks and intense in the gifts it brings to the Consecrated.
When things were really bad in the local Church and I turned to the internet for spiritual nourishment, I remember hooking up for various spiritual events in Boston and almost EVERYONE I met had done the Consecration to Christ through Mary.
At one prayer event, someone spontaneously suggested we do a mystery of the rosary for an intention. There were a few dozen of us and every single person reached into their pocket or purse and pulled out Rosary beads. I was not unfamiliar with the presence of the Blessed Mother but I was really blown away with the observance of the prayerful army she was gathering.
I encourage each of you join this consecration/renewal. Let's do it!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
I read a few things in Christendom about the Voris story (including a comment that I did not publish) I thought worthy of mention. Namely, that the retaliatory act of the Archdiocese of scrounging up people whistlblower's slept with is justified, because after all, if you report corruption, spiritual abuse or rape, you deserve it.
In a perverted display of 'mercy', one individual went so far as to smear whistleblowers by claiming the reporting of abuse is a smear worthy of comeuppance. I bet that BroomHilda chants the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day while riding the stick up her butt. A regular St. Faustina, that one. Very inspiring.
A formally-affiliated priest is now calling a cease and desist on whistleblowing holy corruption. More astounding, he has alleged Sanctifying Grace is insufficient healing for homosexual sex.
In his disclosure, Michael himself implied that evangelists and whistleblowers should stand in the public square and announce details of our sins before teaching Catholicism or reporting abuse.
Folks, I think we are getting a little daft here.
Look, is there conduct that would make a post-conversion career in evangelism and whistleblowing ill-advised?
But do you remember when Christ chose sinless people to 'smear' Herod and Herodias?
I don't either. The Bible I have has Christ calling John the Baptist the greatest man who will ever live.
Spiritual abuse of children is much worse than raping them. So said Christ.
We have spent 60 years trying to get the corruption, spiritual and physical abuse stopped through the ranks of the hierarchy. It was a bust. We were threatened and bullied. The only thing that works is public disclosure and lawsuits. Egg on the face and emptying wallets are the only proven methods of stopping the abuse and corruption.
Exhausting internal methods and after failing to remedy abuse, publicly warning the people, these are the instructions given to us in Scripture. This is not the same thing as having perps hunt down the sexual lovers of a whistleblower to shut them up.
During my days of defying the Church on contraception, I led people astray. I am trying to make up for it and prevent other women from being misled by wayward priests and bishops. The zeal and fire is probably overdone but I offer it as reparation. The same motive holds true for nearly every evangelist. God makes all things new again. Completely.
Keep your powder dry and your intellect clear with Sanctifying Grace.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
A fun post for a Saturday morn.
According to reports, he’s doing that Protestant thing where he walks up and down the aisle, trying to get people excited and more engaged in the Mass.
Johnnie Carson used to do this, remember?
He'd go up and down the aisles with a microphone and play games with the audience. He was a great entertainer. Funny, funny man.
Every time I see a priest doing it, I think of Johnnie. I also think 'this is what this poor addlepate is doing instead of teaching people what's happening in the Sanctuary'.
At press time, Bunnell is squeezing through a tight pew to give a high five to a boy that said that Jesus meant that we should be nice to mean people and to love Jesus like the disciples did “in the times of Jesus.”
I'm so allergic to asshattery!
We don't come to be entertained.
Just take me to Gogoltha and dissolve into Christ. Let me keep the company of Christ, Mary and the Apostles, the angels and saints. Let me stand in front of the tomb as Christ emerges to be illuminated by the blinding Light of Divinity. Let me touch His Cloak and draw Sanctifying Grace. Let me intercede in prayer for my family, friends, the Church, the sick, the poor, uncatechized and persecuted Christians. Let me just huggle with Christ for 45 minutes.
That's how you get people 'more excited and engaged in *the Mass*".
Big weekend in my family, my grandaughter's original sin is being washed by the Blood of Christ in His Sacrament of Baptism. WooHoo! I will remember all your intentions in prayer.
(Always remember to bring an empty holy water bottle and fill it with the holy water of baptism. Powerful stuff!)