Priest: Attacks against Carmelites of Philadelphia are ‘part of greater war against contemplative religious’

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Make it part of an offensive against recognition of the supernatural?

Our commentator puts the case of the Carmel in Philadelphia in a larger context of the crisis in the Church which started with the Second Vatican Council, and he issues a sort of battle cry, calling Catholics to resistance.

Down with the sacred, up with the world we know and can do something about!

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The Man Who Could Not Pray, a believer and his journeys in the way of prayer

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Chapter One, The Man Goes to Church

Minister Friendly . . . The man dropped into church on Ash Wednesday for his annual reminder that he is dust and unto dust he will return only to be told by a feverishly smiling woman-with-ashes that God loves him, or something in that line. She did not tell him to have a nice day, he silently thanked her for that.

He believed God loves him and did not object to being reminded of it. But what about “Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return”? He believed also in resurrection, but what about death? It comes first, doesn’t it? Medieval monks kept a skull on the desk before them. As just such a reminder, he presumed.

This wasn’t the man’s first happy-face reminder on Ashes Day. Funeral masses had not involved black vestments for ages, giving way to white ones, which…

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Skies are cloudy and gray? Only gray for a day . . .

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Wrap your troubles in the awareness of God . . .

Were the Society of Jesus to be dissolved, Ignatius once conjectured, it would take him 15 minutes of prayer to reconcile himself. Francis de Sales was once asked how long he went without being aware of the presence of God; his response, too, was 15 minutes.

For both masters, abandonment and holy indifference capture how they lived their lives and instructed those who follow them. To put it bluntly, each will spot us 15 minutes to get refocused on letting God lead us and not vice versa.

. . . and dream your troubles away? Not exactly. Something better here? You don’t know until you try it.

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WHIPS AND NAILS We Jesuit novices of 72 years ago got to Palm Sunday in our Long Retreat meditations and then a second break day, 17 or 18 days into the retreat. Now the Third Week . . .

. . . on the passion and death of Christ—Mel Gibson stuff, imagining it all in detail.

When Gibson’s movie came out, I was not tempted to see it and did not, having already spent a week immersed in this gruesome denouement.  Shades were drawn again, mood turned somber, laughter disappeared, the novice master did not smile.

For five or so days, we went chapter and verse, line by line through the grim tale. We imagined details—whips, nails, betrayal, agony of prayer, submission to the will of the father, burlesque-like denial by Peter, the sorrows of the mother, the loyalty of the women friends.  . . .

Read the rest here. . . . 

Short history of a worshiper’s dealing with the post-Vatican 2 mass, in which complaints abounded

Food for thought 9/1/22, Paul explaining purgatory to his Corinthians

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Via Ronald Knox, 1 Cor 3.10-15:

With what grace God has bestowed on me, I have laid a foundation as a careful architect should; it is left for someone else to build upon it. Only, whoever builds on it must be careful how he builds.
The foundation which has been laid is the only one which anybody can lay; I mean Jesus Christ.
But on this foundation different men will build in gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, or straw,
and each man’s workmanship will be plainly seen. It is the day of the Lord that will disclose it, since that day is to reveal itself in fire, and fire will test the quality of each man’s workmanship.
He will receive a reward, if the building he has added on stands firm;
if it is burnt up, he will be the…

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Cdl. Cupich bans Institute of Christ the King from saying public Masses, confessions in Chicago

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Detailed account.

Featured ImageICKSP (Institute of Christ the King Soverign Priest) Clergy and faithful in adoration outside their Chicago church, July 31, 2022.

Keith Armato, a prominent Chicago Catholic layman involved with the Institute,

. . . had read the letter of Cardinal Cupich announcing the suspension of the ICKSP priests as of August 1 [and had] explained to LifeSite that the reason for this suspension is that the Institute could not, in their conscience, sign a document presented to them by Cupich.

In that document, which contains several points, the ICKSP priests were asked to sign that the Novus Ordo Mass is the only true expression of the Roman rite, thereby rejecting the traditional Roman rite.

Among other things, the priests were also asked to accept that they would have to ask the archbishop for permission to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass, and that this permission…

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Southern Maryland parish forbidden to offer traditional Latin Mass after investing in quarter million dollar renovation and decoration for the purpose

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A way to show U.S. complainers who’s boss:

By means of draconian cruelty they have been officially forbidden to pray as they desire according to their Catholic patrimony in their own church. This compliments of the hierarchy that boasts of mercy, Synodality, compassion, seeking the margins, listening, accepting everyone, rejecting no one, diversity.


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Ten Things You Miss by Going to the Traditional Latin Mass, in which the Liturgy Guy has it all . . .

It’s in the category of things I wish I’d written so well.

Opening lines:

In the 1999 comedy Office Space, lead character Peter Gibbons (played by actor Ron Livingston) is interviewed by a pair of consultants hired by his employer to assess personnel. In one of the film’s more famous scenes, the consultants ask Peter about recent absences from work:

Bob Porter: Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately, Peter.

Peter Gibbons: Well, I wouldn’t exactly say I’ve been “missing” it, Bob.

It is in that same vein that I present this list of ten things you will “miss” by going to the Traditional Latin Mass.

Just a few for openers:

  1. Altar girls. Look all you want, you won’t find them. As the justification for this modern innovation comes from the 1983 Code of Canon Law and a 1994 clarification from Rome, the traditional Rite (using the 1962 liturgical books & norms) does not permit for them.
  2. Lay readers. Only the priest (at a Low Mass), or deacon and subdeacon (at a High Mass) can read the Lesson & Gospel, as this function is, of course, a liturgical function. In fact, prior to their elimination by Pope Paul VI in 1972, minor orders included that of lector for this very purpose.
  3. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Or as they are sometimes erroneously called, Eucharistic ministers. Nowhere in the traditional Roman Rite will you find armies of laity (often female) storming the sanctuary in secular clothing to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. When you assist (i.e. attend) at the traditional Mass you will only receive Our Eucharistic Lord from the consecrated hands of a priest.

For the rest go to this (liturgy) guy’s posting arena. He’s a gem.

Battle is o’er, hell’s armies flee, sang British Catholics in the ’30s and ’40s

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Hymn translated by Ronald Knox, one of many which he translated for the Westminster Hymnal in the late ’30s.

The very forcefulness of it would never pass in a church of today. (Here repeated as a much-loved post.)

Finita jam sunt proelia
Battle is o’er, hell’s armies flee;
Raise we the cry of victory
With abounding joy resounding, alleluia.
Christ, who endured the shameful tree,
O’er death triumphant welcome we,
Our adoring praise outpouring, alleluia.
On the third morn from death rose he,
Clothed with what light in heaven shall be,
Our unswerving faith deserving, alleluia.
Hell’s gloomy gates yield up their key,
Paradise door thrown wide we see;
Never-tiring be our choiring, alleluia.
Lord, by the stripes men laid on thee,
Grant us to live from death set free,
This our greeting still repeating, alleluia.
Simphonia Sirenum, 1695, translated by R.A.Knox
Westminster Hymnal, 1939
It’s joyful…

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