Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
So Father Mike Schmitz gets a tattoo from a 700 year old parlor in Jerusalem. We have a Mass that’s over 700 years old. Has Fr Schmitz gotten Jesus from that?
In one of his many videos Father Mike Schmitz talks about going to Jerusalem and being impressed with the fact that there is a 700 year old tattoo parlor there for Christian tattoos. By his own confession it was in part the venerable patina of years of tradition behind it that convinced him to avail himself of the wearable art vended by that exotic establishment.
In response to Father Schmitz I propose that the Church has something even more wonderful and even older than that: we have a 700+ year-old Mass where you can get Jesus, not just ink on your epidermis, but the very Flesh and Blood of God to give grace to your human flesh and blood. Are you at least as impressed with the traditional Latin Mass as you are with a tattoo parlor of lesser antiquity? To be consistent, when will you be offering the traditional Latin Mass and getting, not a tattoo, but Jesus Himself from this ancient tradition?
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
“The poor you will always have with you.”
It will be our constant work until the end of the world to take care of the poor. They are not going away: they are our privilege as constant companions on the way to salvation. They help us as much or more than we help them. $44 billion won’t do it.
Does this guy have any shred of self awareness remaining as he literally quotes Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of God Himself in the flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ?
Or, perhaps as has been suggested, he’s just a CIA plant.
And with regard to the usefulness of Twitter, any social platform where nearly 17k people applaud a putative Catholic priest as he self-condemningly and unironically quotes Judas Iscariot says more than I can possibly offer in regard to its credibility or utility.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Cultural diversity is a current touchstone in the Church. A nearby archdiocese has planned some high visibility meetings about the matter next month. Expectations are high for attendance and participation.
The Church by her nature as both one and universal is culturally diverse. This is God’s plan and it is good. Many different languages and nations make up the universal Body of Christ.
Race, however, is not the only criterion for cultural diversity. We will impoverish ourselves intellectually and spiritually if we define terms down in order to speak to the surrounding zeitgeist while neglecting to uplift the conversation by enriching it with unique insights possible from the perspective of Faith.
Culture finds its root in the word “cult”, which helps us to understand that true culture is an outgrowth or fruit of religion or faith. The culture of the West, born of Christianity and specifically the Catholic Church, now under ferocious assault in many places, is one such outgrowth made possible by millennia of life in tandem with worship which many of us already share.
Cultural diversity can also be found in the different kinds of cult. If it is asserted that the Mass of Vatican II is one authentic source of cultus, religious faith, the worship which expresses it and the daily life it upholds, how much more so the missa antiquior, the traditional Latin Mass, from which the missa recentior comes, with its vast treasury of musical and other arts that both support it and express its spirit.
Cultural diversity in the Church is upheld by different forms of prayer, all of them legitimate and none of them taking away from the unity of the Church any more than people from different languages or cultures need by that reason be divided.
Unity is never threatened by diversity of any kind. That unity brought by God through Catholic worship old or new is not threatened by diversity any more than political, intellectual or economic society is threatened by immigrants old or new from wherever they might come.
The only threat to diversity is hatred of another people or another culture’s gifts or legitimate expressions, however different from one’s own.
Cultural diversity in the Church depends upon acceptance and flourishing of many different kinds of worship, if in conformity with revealed truth and thus equally helpful for religious faith and the fruits of love of God through public prayer.
Because there is no diversity of culture without diversity of cultus one could in fact say that acting with prejudice toward any cult of worship, whether old or new, is harming or wounding the true sources of both diversity and culture. At the same time unity is wounded and weakened and, with it, the reflection of God which is found where all sources of division are put aside.
(In photo above the sanctuary of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Benedict, Maryland, dressed for Dominica in Albis and Divine Mercy Sunday.)
Sunday, April 17, 2022
This article will explain exactly why endless Covid reinfections happen, and the dangerous consequences that they lead to, based on recent scientific advances.
When Omicron appeared around December of last year, the powers-to-be in most Western countries found themselves in a situation of mass vaccine failure, where a Covid variant Omicron, about infectious as measles, was spreading like wildfire, while at the same time evading vaccine immunity.
So, the clever solution was to abolish containment altogether, wish “illness and death” on the unvaccinated people, and hope that the vaccinated world gains “herd immunity” while enjoying relatively low mortality.
Unfortunately for them and for us, things did not work out this way. Hospitals are overwhelmed by the vaccinated. Endless Covid short term reinfections, plaguing the UK and the rest of the Western world, are sliding towards “Chronic Covid”. Herd immunity is enjoyed only by unvaccinated countries.
Chronic Covid is a situation where the vaccinated cannot develop natural immunity, cannot quickly clear infections, and remain ill and infectious for extended period of time. Such repeat infections progressively damage their immunity to the point of not being able to clear Covid at all. That would lead to people being chronically infected, infecting others, and overwhelmed with toxic Covid viral proteins, while remaining immunosuppressed.
This article describes scientific mechanism and shows why this is happening. Using three recent studies, I will show that
The vaccinated cannot develop “natural immunity”
The boosted cannot clear the virus quickly upon infection
Covid virions invade and damage monocytes, the blood cells providing immunity, due to Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE), leading to gradual destruction of the immune system. Sars-Cov-2 also infects immune T-cells.
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Details include golden rays and clouds surrounding the Lamb window at the top, below that Saint Francis de Sales with angels in glory and architectural details at the bottom with cherubs surrounding the blue and gold reredos.
Above the sanctuary are hanging three brass sanctuary lamps and two Waterford chandeliers.
These appointments are in addition to two previously completed trompe l'oeil murals atop the sacristy doors, also visible in photo above. A roundel above the entrance to the priest sacristy features patron of parish priests, Saint John Vianney, and a second, over the entrance to the server sacristy depicting Roman boy martyr for the sake of Our Lord in the Eucharist, Saint Tarcissius.
We offer this work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls through the traditional Latin liturgy of our Roman rite which we offer daily in our parish.
See at the following link the video of the unveiling during the Gloria at the Easter vigil mass:
Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia!
On Psalm lxiii, 7 We shall attain to thoughts that are very deep: but God shall still be exalted. The enemies of our Lord had communed of laying snares privily; they had said, Who shall see them? They had searched out iniquities; they had accomplished a diligent search. And Man attained even unto (the realization of) their counsels, for the Lord, as Man, suffered Himself to be taken. For He had not been taken at all, unless He had been a Man, or seen, unless He had been a Man, or smitten, unless He had been a Man, or crucified, unless He had been a Man, or have died, unless He had been a Man. Man therefore, He attained unto all those sufferings, which had had nothing in Him, unless He had been a Man. But if He had not been Man, man had not been redeemed. And the Lord as Man attained to thoughts that were very deep, yea, secret; showing the Manhood to the eyes of men, and keeping the Godhead within Him; veiling the form of God, as touching Which, He is Equal to the Father, and manifesting the form of a servant, as touching which, He is inferior to the Father.
From the Treatise of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Upon the Psalms
Friday, April 15, 2022
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