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Tuesday 7 August 2012

Modest TLM Wedding Dresses

I missed a great wedding of two lovely young traditional Catholics, who were married on Saturday in Illinois. I have permission to put these great photos on this blog to show modesty in weddings. This is a family which was renewed about ten years ago by going to the Tridentine Mass. The lovely bride is in blue with lace on the outside. Her bridesmaids and maid-of-honor are wearing mantillas, which is so lovely.

Congratulations to the Groom and Best Wishes to the Bride.

Great ideas for others to follow. And the mother-of-the-bride, my good friend, looks fantastic. See how beautiful modesty is...and a nice, BIG CATHOLIC FAMILY, as all the girls above are sisters and two of the groom's men are their brothers!

There was no kiss, no unity candle and no clapping...we can change the culture through the TLM.

And, the invitations indicated that the guests were to wear modest and respectful attire as well. That is a great idea for families, where some are not familiar with the TLM culture of modesty.

Servers, some of whom are on the way to the priesthood, are shown below. This was this young priest's first public Tridentine Mass. The choir sung the Byrd Mass for Five Parts,, (which I have sung when I was younger). A happy, happy day...

On Caviar and Fasting.

A food post. Did you know some of your caviar could come from Iowa? But, fish are dying at a terrific rate because of the heat and drought. Why doesn't the USCCB call for three days of prayer and fasting for rain?

We are so blind.

From St. Augustine

Whenever we suffer some affliction, we should regard it both as punishment and as a correction. Our holy Scriptures themselves do not promise us peace, security and rest. On the contrary, the Gospel makes no secret of the troubles and temptations that await us, but it also says that he who perseveres to the end will be saved. So we must not grumble, my brothers, and for as the Apostle says: some of them murmured and were destroyed by serpents. Is there any affliction now endured by mankind that was not endured by our fathers before us? What sufferings of ours even bear comparison with what we know of their sufferings? How then can you think that past ages were better than your own?

St. Augustine

From LifeSiteNews and Also The Vortex on Catholic Invite

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Fr. Pavone opposes Obama appearance at NY Catholic Charities dinner

BY KATHLEEN GILBERT Mon Aug 06 09:12 EST Comments (62)
NEW YORK, August 6, 2012 ( - Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has issued a statement opposing President Obama’s appearance at a New York fundraiser dinner for Catholic Charities.

“I’m all in favor of protocol and understand the difference between respecting the President’s policies vs. respecting his office. But there comes a time when the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal,” said Pavone in a statement emailed to Monday morning. LSN confirmed the president’s appearance last week.
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“There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to give people a reason to doubt our position as a Church.
“On August 1, the unjust HHS mandate went into effect for Priests for Life and millions of other Americans, and I announced to our staff that we are disobeying the mandate. So no, I don’t think the invitation is appropriate at this time.”

And, Catholic Americans, sign this petition noted below on the Vortex

On Beauty and Harmony in Christ.

I am still nursing a very sore foot and not going places. Please you all pray for me, and thanks. It is a broken toe and three bruised ones, plus an injury on the bottom of the foot as well. No more details. TMI

But, with all of this, I want to look at a beautiful speech of our saintly Pope Benedict XVI from Zenit and other news sources. A group from Bavaria, (which I would LOVE to visit) brought a mini-folk festival to Castle Gandolfo.

The Pope stated after being treated to a late birthday present of dancing and singing, that their culture was one of beauty.

"It is not simply a matter of entertainment, but of a culture of gladness, imbued with joy; it is born of an interior acceptance of the world, of an interior 'yes' to life that is a 'yes' to joy," he said. "It is founded upon the fact that we are in harmony with creation, in harmony with the Creator himself, and for this reason we know that it is good to be a person."

A usual, this is profound. Beauty is an attribute of God, as I have have mentioned here and elsewhere, and we engage in that Beauty through prayer and reflection, as well as creation. We, like God, who made us in His Image and Likeness, create beauty. Beauty does come from harmony and peace, but also reflection.
The Zenit report continued:

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The Pope said that in Bavaria, it is "easy to recognize that God is good and be glad about it" since the region is so beautiful. At the same time, the Pontiff continued, God has made the region beautiful with the collaboration of the local people. "[T]he men who live in this land, precisely from their 'yes,' knew how to give it its complete beauty; it became so beautiful only through the culture of persons, through their faith, their joy, songs, music and art. The Creator did not wish to do this alone but only with the help of men."

It is our duty to create and be beautiful spiritually. One reason why we encounter hatred if we are walking with Christ is that evil is ugly and hates beauty. Notice this in the culture of death, which is also the culture of ugliness.

Zenit reported:

Ever the teacher, Benedict XVI went on to note that "someone could ask whether it is right to be so happy when the world is so full of suffering, when there exists so much darkness and evil? Is it right to be so high spirited and joyful?"

"The answer can only be 'yes!'" he affirmed. "Because saying 'no' to joy we do nothing of use to anyone, we only make the world darker."

I think of St. Augustine and St. Bernard of Clairvaux who both encountered God as the Beautiful. To know God is to desire Beauty. So, our ancestors, when they created beautiful Churches in the wilderness which were beautiful, were in touch with God in a way that we are not. We must, absolutely must, remove ugliness from our lives.

Do not watch television. Read news and be selective. Do not listen to the radio. Find the news you need online. Listen to classical music, and create, even in simplicity, a beautiful habitat for yourself. Plant flowers..pray.

Do not collect ugly things. If something is not beautiful or useful, throw it out. Surround yourself with positive people so that you can reach out to those caught in ugliness.

Here is the Pope again,

"From our faith we know and every day we see that the world is beautiful and God is good. And because of the fact that he became man and dwelled among us we know it definitively and concretely: yes, God is good and it is good to be a person. We live in this joy, and from this joy we try to bring joy to others, to reject evil and to be servants of peace and reconciliation."

We can change the world through Beauty, especially through the Tridentine Mass.

And, to become beautiful, one must go to the sacrament of Confession often and Mass daily, if possible.

Choose beauty and be a light in the world. Christ came to us in simplicity, but His Beauty has changed the world. We must cooperate in that change and mission. Only in Christ are we in harmony.

Any happy animal stories? Here is a sad one....

What would Fr. Z. say to this...?

Well, the little squirrel died of stress. I can understand that. But, a good effort none the less.. Sad animal you have a happy animal story to share?

Olive oil used to rescue squirrel
August 06, 2012 15:36 GMT
BERLIN (AP) -- A squirrel with olive oil? For police in northern Germany, that was a winning combination to free an animal trapped in a manhole cover.
Police spokeswoman Kathrin Feyerabend said Monday a woman on the outskirts of Hannover discovered the red squirrel Sunday after hearing its cries.
Its head was poking up above ground through a hole in a manhole cover, its body dangling beneath.
After unsuccessfully trying to push the head back through gently, police officers removed the cover and rubbed olive oil around the squirrel's neck.
Holding back its small tufted ears, they were able to successfully release it.
But Feyerabend says the happy ending was short lived -- the squirrel died several hours later, likely from stress.

Questions, Answers and God

When my son was little, I used to ask him if he has any good questions to ask me concerning our curriculum for the day. Children who learn to ask questions, learn to think. If you have a child at school, when she comes home, ask her, "Did you ask any questions today?'

The same is true for us in our spiritual lives. We need to ask ourselves and our friends if we speak to them of spiritual things, "What did you ask of God today?" And, "What did God tell you?"

So many people are AFRAID to listen to God. They are so sure He is going to only list their sins and imperfections.

In this series on perfection, I am not trying to discourage anyone, but show what not only is possible, but what is required. We can give up too soon.

And, I must reiterate that success in the world does not equal spiritual success, or to put it in the opposite way, spiritual success is not seen by physical or material success. That is a heresy and one which grips America.

What will happen in a financial meltdown? Without the life of the virtues, we shall not be able to withstand the winds of despair which so many people will experience in their lives.

Someone asked me why I was so hard on myself in certain areas of my life. She is an Irish friend of mine and we were discussing things like weekly Confession, fasting, and daily examination of conscience. She said that she would not be able to walk in the light of all the pain such examination would bring. I could only say that if I was not cooperating with what the Church as deemed are aids to salvation, I could be damned forever.

I ask God to show me my sin and He does, regularly. God speaks to others as well and if we are open, we can discern the Voice of God. Not all criticisms are from God, however, and one must always take these to a Confessor or spiritual director.  This is why it is important to be real with one's self and be obedient to the Church. The Church is my shelter in the storms and more storms are coming soon. We know what these are.

Find a community or help build one. Strengthen yourself and each other. Be patient and ask the right questions of God. He will always answer you. But, you may have to be persistent, especially if you sinned greatly in your life. That is what the lives of the saints show us.

Do not be discouraged and do not give up. Be accountable. Be honest. Be the child of God you are.

And, I would like to add for two young men I know who were not recently accepted into the seminary of their choice, that they should try diocesan seminaries. Traditional communities are orders, and the secular or diocesan priests are not under the same disciplines as orders. Orders are also missionary and one could be sent anywhere, whereas diocesan priests, in most circumstances , serve the people in one area. These calls are not the same. Part of discerning your call to the priesthood is not being closed to the diocesan priesthood, where many, many young men are going to be ordained knowing and wanting to say the Latin Mass in the future. Do not be discouraged.  If a person truly has a vocation, God will find you your place in the Church.

Ask questions before you go. Learn about the seminary before you approach the order. Consult constancy with your spiritual director and if you do not have one, get one.

We need good, orthodox diocesan priests. God may be using your experiences for your own purification.

Remedies for Pride

In a post in the recent past, I mentioned that the remedy for the sin of pride was to remember who we really are in the sight of God.

Garrigou-Lagrange notes that there are 40 virtues needs to combat the deadly sins. Humility and a servant's heart cannot come first, but only after a purification. The Dominican states this:

But to reach this humility of mind and heart, a profound purification is needed. That which we impose on ourselves is not sufficient; there must be a passive purification by the light of the gifts of the Holy Ghost, which causes the bandage of pride to fall away, opens our eyes, shows us the depth of frailty and wretchedness that exists in us, the utility of adversity and. humiliation, and finally makes us say to the Lord: "It is good for me that Thou hast humbled me, that I may learn Thy justifications." (29) "It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradictions, and to allow people to think ill of us. . . . These are often helps to humility, and rid us of vainglory." (30) It is in adversity that we can learn what we really are and what great need we have of God's help: "What doth he know, that hath not been tried?" (31)
After this purification, pride and its effects will gradually be felt less. A person, instead of letting himself fall into jealousy toward those who have more natural or supernatural qualities, tells himself then that, as St. Paul remarks, the hand ought not be jealous of the eye, but, on the contrary, it should be happy because it benefits from what the eye sees. The same is true in the mystical body of Christ; far from becoming jealous, souls ought to enjoy in a holy manner the qualities they find in their neighbor. Though they do not possess them themselves, they benefit by them. They should rejoice over everything that cooperates in the glory of God and the good of souls. When this is the case, the bandage of pride falls away and the soul's gaze recovers its simplicity and penetration, which make it enter little by little into the inner life of God.

Here is a key to all of this. If we fight purification and do not let God try us, He will not abandon us, but come again and again with sufferings until we are purified. He is faithful, if we truly want to become saints. If we fight purification, this level will be prolonged. 

Too many people seek healing without repentance. The two must go together.

Garrigou-Lagrange continues, quoting St Catherine of Siena, who I have quoted here before. She notes that pride leads to self-deception and a lack of knowledge of spiritual things. She also reminds us that pride leads directly to disobedience.

The remedy for pride is suffering and purification. One must ask for this and mean it. Out of this comes humility and patience, self-knowledge and an obedient spirit.

So, the remedy for pride is the dying to self, and how many virtues will come of this out of the 40? The most important are the Cardinal Virtues mentioned before, but again stressed here. These are prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. These are remedies for pride.

Patience, humility, long-suffering, kindness, love of neighbor, generosity or largesse, and gratitude can spring out of this purification.

If one avoids it, one will not see God. There are a few innocence souls who reach heaven without great purification, but these are few.

May I end this post with a quotation from Homer, the great Greek poet: "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

To be continued...