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Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
In the bricks and mortar of a church in the round,
The fullness of the Faith the Apostles knew,
Peter and James, John and Andrew.
I sighed and I sighed and in despair,
Frustrated and tired I searched for You,
While time slid by and the decades flew,
The heresies heard burned my eyes with tears,
While my heart was torn and trampled upon,
And my Faith shriveled until it was nearly gone.
Oh, I looked and I sighed but could never find,
The depth of the Faith I knew God had designed.
I searched and I searched for the pearl of great price
In the pablum-laced modern Church of nice.
And I in my longing, my face turned to the sun,
Spiritually bedraggled, worn and rundown,
With tears in my eyes, asked God where He’d gone.
Silly in the sunlight crying like that…
Was it silly to cry for a vanished Faith,
Ripped from the world, now with no grace?
I looked with gloom at the bleak rot and decay,
And saw one church still waiting to try,
Though for years I’d always believed in the lie.
“They’re in schism", I had been warned away.
“What? More in schism than Covid churches with no Mass?”
So I marched into the SSPX and never looked back.
The longing is over, the Faith is still there,
The Old Mass in its glory almost too beautiful to bear.
Never changing the Faith since the years of Our Lord’s call,
The SSPX, through God’s mercy, thankfully kept it all -
The fullness of the Faith the Apostles knew,
Peter and James, John and Andrew.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
|Must we return to the catacombs?|
The fourth paradox is an ecclesial paradox:
Pastors are invited to develop a pastoral care of “accompaniment,” open to all moral and psychological situations. They must practice an unconditional welcome—but there is a part of the people of God to whom this benevolent welcome is obstinately refused. The setting up of a real liturgical apartheid (no traditional Masses in the parish churches, no doubt for fear of contagion or bad example!) shows the face of a suspicious, stepmotherly Church, to which one must present one’s papers under penalty of being excluded. The traditional faithful must look for a cave, since there is no room for them in the inn... In short, what a merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
|Fr. Laurent-Marie Pocquet|
Which brings me to an excellent article posted at Rorate Caeli by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. Written by Reverend Fr. Laurent-Marie Pocquet du Haut Jussé, former superior of the Servants of Jesus and Mary (SJM), it discusses paradoxes raised by the problematic motu proprio Traditionis Custodes and the response to the dubious dubia.
The first is a moral paradox:
Monday, December 27, 2021
Those who join make a simple commitment to make these two offering to the Blessed mother for the reversal of Traditionis Custodes and the draconian crackdown on the Latin Mass associated with it:
In my morning prayer time today I came across this paragraph from The Soul of the Apostolate which stopped me in my tracks:
When we see the repeated victories of our infernal foes, we
well wonder, in our anxiety, where to look for the salvation of our society. When will it be the Church's turn to win a few battles?
Sunday, December 26, 2021
God does indeed give Satan and evil men a certain power over the Church and her virtuous children. The evil they inflict on the Church is taken into account in the plans of God's providence. Godless men and their leader, Satan are made to serve the ends of almighty God. We are at all times under the powerful protection of God, even though it may appear that we have been delivered into the hands of our enemies.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Pray for Bishop Burbidge: He is Obviously Not Going to Question or Challenge the Right of the Pope to Abuse Us!
sacraments following Vatican crackdown
ARLINGTON, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) – A bishop in a U.S. diocese recognized for its ample provision of the traditional liturgy (Latin Mass) has become one of the first prelates to announce a ban on certain sacraments in the Old Rite, following the Vatican’s latest restrictions on the Latin Mass.
Bishop Michael Burbidge, 64, of the Diocese of Arlington sent an email to priests of the diocese December 21, in which he outlined his implementation of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments’ (CDW) December 18 document.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
And so it begins.
My bishop, Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, spoke about the Vatican directive that came out last weekend in his 12/20 podcast, a portion of which I've transcribed below. The bishop won't be issuing his own implementation document until the new year, but it's pretty clear that it will be bad news for those of us who attend the "extraordinary form" at diocesan parishes, even if only occasionally.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
|We know this because Muhammad|
had a hairy mole on his back.
However, by "Paraclete" or "Comforter", Moslems here mean Muhammad and say that the very name of Muhammad, both here and in five additional places in the Bible, was expressly mentioned but that Christians, out of malice, blotted out Muhammad's name thereby corrupting the Bible.
From this errant belief, Moslem scholars have desperately sought to find verses in the Bible supporting the fulfillment theology of Islam, which is their assertion that Islam is the final successor and completion of the Abrahamic faith(s).
Monday, December 20, 2021
|From the Asperges; "Mundabor"|
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Saturday, December 18, 2021
STORY AT-A-GLANCE [Dr. Joseph Mercola's analysis is powerful! The population is hypnotized and have been brainwashed by propaganda over the Wuhan virus. What can we do about a world gone mad filled with scared chickens? READ THIS! Global totalitarianism is inevitable, but we have alternatives. How do we respond?]
Friday, December 17, 2021
|It's not just taxes and high real estate anymore. Flee New York |
before they kill you and your children or put you in COVID camps!
January 5th is a watershed day for the people of New York state. A number of bills will be introduced in the legislature that endanger the life and freedom of that state's residents. Let's look at a few.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
I was reading Chapter 13, The Omission that Haunts the Church. Since Vatican II there've been beaucoup omissions, but this seemed especially explosive in view of loss of belief in the Real Presence. Speaking of the expanded Lectionary devised after Vatican II with the three-year cycle of readings, Kwasniewski writes that one would expect that the expanded Lectionary would have:
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Editor's Note: I received the email below from a friend about the rosary tomorrow at St. John the Baptist in Front Royal. if you live in the Front Royal area, join in person If you don't, why not go to your local church at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and join in. Or light your Advent candles and join from your own home. We desperately need Mary's help to end the bloodbath of abortion and the tsunami of evil engulfing our world. We can all be part of the solution through prayer and fasting.
CALLING ALL PRAYER WARRIORS!
This Thursday, December 16, at 1:00 pm, a worldwide Rosary Crusade will be inaugurated with the first Rosary being said publicly at St. John the Baptist church right here in Front Royal. Fr. Gee and Fr. Tom have graciously agreed to open the parish to this event, which will be the first in a series of Rosary gatherings that will form a country-wide and world-wide Crusade asking the Blessed Virgin and her Merciful Son to heal the world which we see falling into an unprecedented darkness before our eyes. The event will also be live-streamed.
This hymn has been running through my head ever since yesterday. It started up again this morning, but the words are a little different: It's not "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" Instead, the words are, "My God, my God, why have I abandoned You?"
It's a good question for Advent.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Why are so many people, especially young people, experiencing heart conditions after the jab? Studies are showing that the spike protein is extremely dangerous. It's the SPIKE PROTEIN in the "vaccine" that is killing and injuring the jab victims from massive inflammation! The immune system attacks the body because of the jab. Those who take the jab are, indeed, victims, victims of massive human experimentation.
Monday, December 13, 2021
This is a follow-up article to Susan's post from December 5th here.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021
I have a lot of books that I inherited from a Catholic priest, many of which were gifts to him. The one I picked up this morning has an inscription indicating it was a Christmas gift. The book, Mary and Your Everyday Life by theologian Bernard Haring, C.SS.R., has an Imprimi Potest (approval by a religious superior that a book may be printed) and an Imprimatur (approval to publish by an ecclesial authority which can be the author's own bishop).
So...does this book about the Mother of God cut the mustard, so to speak, to remain on my bookshelf?
Friday, December 10, 2021
Real people are being impacted by the gene therapy mislabeled as a vaccine. More and more real people are collapsing, dying, suffering serious side effects -- all at the hands of the liars at the CDC and NIH led by their liar-in-chief, Anthony Fauci. How many healthy young athletes have collapsed and died from heart damage due to the jabs? How many more will in the days ahead?
Democrat politicians don't care about inflation, because they can afford it. (Hey, maybe Hunter can get even more for his "art.") But those already struggling among the poor and middle class are losing ground. Many in the middle class will be thrust into poverty by these "Let them eat cake" liberals. Think 2024 and start working for pro-life, fiscally conservative candidates now! Read: Inflation hits highest point in 39 years!
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Spread this around and pray that the culprit be caught and prosecuted. This act of vandalism took place at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the Feast of Our Lady yesterday. See the WTOP news report here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, whose election to the see of Milan was by acclimation of the people while he was still a catechumen. Think about that! He was baptized, ordained, and made a bishop within a week of becoming a Catholic. God raised him up as one of the greatest bishops of His Church, a saint-maker instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine who inspired the repentance of an emperor. I invoke his intercession for this post!
We're approaching the finish line as we look at the last nine paragraphs of the bishops' document, The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church (#50-59).
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Editor's note: I had never heard of "kenosis theology" before reading Fr. Collins' article, but it sounds like one more liberal word game to take a legitimate term and pervert its meaning to fit a "progressive" agenda. Those who resist the liberal agenda, they say, are ignorant and benighted idiots who fail to understand the notions of their more intelligent betters. But liberal elitists are the ones who exchange the bread of doctrine for the stone of moral relativism and social action with man as the world's savior. Who needs God when you have Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci?
THE KENOSIS THEOLOGY PROMOTED BY POPE FRANCIS
by Fr. Tom Collins
There is a lot of confusion and concern among orthodox Catholics concerning some of the statements and actions of Pope Francis since he began his pontificate. However, if we look at these by embracing the premises of the ever-evolving kenosis theology, they do make sense.
Friday, December 3, 2021
The section of the Eucharistic document on sin, sacrifice, and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (paragraphs 10-50) reaffirms and summarizes the truths Catholics believe about the Eucharist. The bishops affirm the truth that sin separates us from God, and that Jesus came to save us from sin and reunite us to the Father. The sacrifice on Calvary and Christ's resurrection are the "eternal sign of His love," and the Mass is a re-presentation of that sacrifice. The holy Mass acts as a doorway "through which we, like the saints and mystics before us, may enter into a deeper perception of the mercy and love manifested in and through Christ’s sacramental presence in our midst." We should approach Almighty God, present in the Eucharist with holy fear (awe) and trembling.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
|St. Charles Borromeo, a true shepherd,|
ministers to plague victims in Milan.
It didn't take me very far into the document before I laughed sardonically and rolled my eyes. In fact it was the third paragraph:
Many of the faithful appear to have had their faith and their desire for the Eucharist strengthened by such a long separation.
I don't think so, just judging from the sparser attendance at my local novus ordo parish since Wuhan and the bishops' kowtowing to Caesar. But that's a subjective observation of one small faith community.
So let's take a look at a recent survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) which interviewed several thousand young Catholics between the ages of 18 and 35 from all over the country.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
|Dr. Donald Hofreuter, M.D.|