Sunday, December 10, 2017

Our Lady of La Salette, who wept over the Church, pray for us.

I was talking to a relative who was quite upset by Pope Francis and the proposed change to the Our Father. He asked why I was so calm. I told  him that I'm not really calm inside but  I intend to ignore any attempt to mess with the Our Father.  I've heard the testimony of older people who talked about how they had to go to hotel rooms, private homes and many times to places that were far out of the way to attend the a traditional Latin Mass. I do not particularly want to go through most of what they did  but if it comes to it I will simply have to imitate my betters who held on and remained Catholic no matter what.  I just finished reading The Dictator Pope and sadly, it explains a lot. Our Lady of La Salette, who told us to expect sad times in the Church, please pray for your children.

Monday, December 04, 2017

What's the story on Christendom College?

In the past  couple of months I've either heard or read comments about Christendom College that were highly critical. The gist of these remarks was that the school has changed or that the school was never as orthodox as we thought.  The first time I heard someone say this I dismissed it outright because the person speaking was someone I don't respect and he was ranting. Later I heard or read other people's comments about Christendom on various sites and blogs.  Two individuals, whose opinions I do value, bluntly expressed unhappiness about the school's association with  Dr. Elizabeth Lev due to the scandal of her affair and "marriage" to a priest. The others were vague and assumed that their listeners all knew what they were talking about.

This disturbs me because Christendom is seen as one of the precious few bright spots in Catholic higher education. It's so respected  in my area that when a new priest or lay teacher shows up in a parish people almost sigh in relief when they hear that he/she went to Christendom because the unspoken assumption is that while we may or may not personally like this priest or this lay person, we can trust him or her to teach the Faith.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

St. Bibiana, pray for us.

St. Bibiana was flogged to death under Julian the Apostate. When I think about the courage and faith this young gently raised Roman woman had, I am awed.

Friday, December 01, 2017

a prayer for the redemption of bad priests

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling. Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost! Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love! Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. O most compassionate Savior! Remember that Thou didst once redeem the souls of Thine erring priests with Thy Precious Blood and in infinite preferential love didst impress upon them the indelible character of the priesthood. Put wholly to shame those miserable helpers of Satan who lay snares for the virtue of priests and endanger the holy ideal of the priesthood. Most graciously accept our prayers and sacrifices for poor priests who have gone astray and hear our earnest petition.
Imprimatur - Bishop John F. Noll (April 18, 1948)

St. Anthony of Padua, defender of the Holy Eucharist, obtain for us holy priests
St. John-Mary Vianney, model of sacerdotal holiness, obtain for us holy priests

St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionary priests, obtain for us holy priests
St. Therese of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, victim offered for the sanctification of priests, obtain for us holy priests

Saints and Servants of God, obtain for us holy priests.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Three days in the country and other random thoughts

Mother most amiable, pray for us

  • Did Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ actually do any priestly work? Did he say Mass anywhere, offer any sacraments such as matrimony and confession, visit the sick,.....attempt to convert any Chinese in the 20 years he spent there? It seems like his primary interests were  writing flaky stuff and digging up bones.

  • Rocky took two days off instead of his usual one so we decided to take a short road trip to Southern Maryland. We stayed at a very nice place in Port Tobacco. On Thursday morning we  went to the 7:15  Mass at the Carmelite convent  and later we looked  at juvenile cormorants at a near by marina  and visited the oldest continuous parish in America, St. Ignatius at Chapel Point. Father was nice enough to give us an impromptu tour and we prayed at the cemetery. Lunch was at a terrific little La Plata, Maryland diner and then we rolled over to Sacred Heart church for adoration.  For dinner we ate at Galazio's, a very nice Greek restaurant. The next day we went to the Thomas Stone historic site --the ranger gives a great tour---and annual Amish quilt auction and later St. Joseph's in Pomfret for Mass.  The people in this parish are so genuinely nice. I'd be happy to go back.

     One thing I really appreciated was that St. Joseph's has a sensible website. When people are traveling and looking for a Mass we don't care about the Little Mother's group, the altar server of the day or the parish mission statement, nor do we want to see pictures of the CCD outing from last year. I really don't care one jot or tittle about how busy  social the parish is. All of that stuff is nice but secondary.  

  • Whenever you meet a man who (it's usually men) who wants you to follow him because his Catholicism is cool and edgy and the Holy Spirit told him X, Y or Z and he's written a book....RUN, especially if you are female. In fact any time someone presents you with hip Catholicism you can be sure that at best you have a person who is ashamed of his or her Faith and wants to make it acceptable to the cool kids. 

  • The Salem witch trials began because four girls  accused people of incredible and physically impossible acts. The authorities believed them and people went to jail and to their executions. Finally the accusations came so fast and furious and became so ridiculous that the whole thing fell apart. When packs of  adolescent or menopausal females suddenly    began making coordinated attacks it behooves the wise observer to stop and take a minute to wonder if something else isn't going on.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

St. Ignatius, pray for us

Man, warrior, priest, saint, many of your sons have lost their minds and are leading the Faithful astray or repulsing them so much that they leave the Church, pray for these sons and pray for us.