Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Protestant Mind-Set in The Synod

By Supertradmum

Years ago, an excellent teacher of mine, now an ancient priest far, far away in the islands of Oceania, explained a difference to the class as to the Catholic and the Protestant mind-set regarding doctrine.

Father drew a line on the board. Then, he explained that the horizontal line was the ideal of doctrine as taught by Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person in the Blessed Trinity. Father said that the Catholic Church expected each member to reach this ideal, which was made up of the Teachings of the Magisterium, and to become holy. In other words, all Catholics were called to be saints, to transcend the ordinary expectations of daily life for the heroic life of the virtues.

Then, Father drew another line under the first one and he called this line "reality". He said that the Protestants looked at what people were actually doing and believing and determined teaching from that reality, which included sin and imperfections.

In other words, the human expectation for holiness had been dropped for the acceptance of the status quo.

Father noted that Protestants did not believe in saintliness, in transcending the daily hum-drum of life, but accepted less than what God had taught. Therefore, the doctrines of the Protestant congregations were being, as he spoke to us, changed, lessened, meeting the lowest common denominator.

A few years after this talk, all but two of the Lutheran synods accepted abortion. A few years later, homosexuality was no longer seen as an aberration, but as an acceptable difference. When Humanae Vitae was promulgated, many Catholics fell into this Protestant mind-set, declaring that it was too hard to follow the Church's teaching against contraception. Those Catholics forgot about grace.

What we saw last week in the synod was the ugly head of Protestantism. In fake language invoking tolerance, soft love, as opposed to hard love, and the horrible use of the term "pastoral", as if there was an opposition between doctrinal and pastoral truth, which there is not, some bishops and cardinals revealed that they were thinking and believing like Protestants.

Catholicism is like a diamond, hard, brilliant, expensive. The truth cannot be bought with cheap grace.

Too many of our leaders, especially those from the States, but not exclusively, believe in cheap grace. They want to dumb-down Catholicism and make the Church one more Protestant denomination.

Some will succeed in protestantizing their dioceses. Some will fight for the truth. The Church will never be the same, but enter into a period of chaos and purging.

Make sure you are on the right side of this battle. Make sure you teach yourself the truths of the faith so that you will not be swayed into accepting rebellious, Protestant thinking.

We all have to make choices. I, for one, choose Christ and His Church, not a man-made construct, not Protestantism.

I shall strive to meet the high bar, knowing that with the grace of God, I can become a saint. That is my calling and your calling. Anything less is a lie. Anything less insults the Trinity and blasphemes Christ on the Cross. Remember that some of the Sanhedrin taunted Christ while He was sacrificing Himself for the Church. This cry was heard last week in Rome-without the Cross there is no salvation, no Church.

Help the Poor Souls in Purgatory!

Throughout November the Church remembers our Faithful Departed. The need and duty of prayer for the departed souls has been acknowledged by the Church at all times. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: "It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." (2 Macch. 12, 46). This duty has found expression not only in public and private prayers but especially in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls.
Throughout November the Church prays for all who are in the purifying fires of Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances. We can also help the Poor Souls by doing acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them. There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during the month of November.
An indulgence is "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned." To obtain this remission there are proper dispositions and certain conditions predetermined by the Church that must be met by the faithful. The remission is acquired through the intervention of the Church, who has the power to loose and bind granted through Jesus Christ. "As minister of the Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the Saints" (Enchiridion of Indulgences).

An indulgence can either be partial or plenary. It is partial if it removes only part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment.
To be able to gain an indulgence, one must have the intention to gain them, and perform the works at the time and in the manner prescribed.
The traditional conditions to attain a Plenary Indulgence:
A Plenary Indulgence can be gained only one per day. The faithful must be in the state of grace and these conditions must accompany the prescribed act:
  1. the faithful must receive the sacrament of confession, either eight days before or after the pious act is performed,
  2. receive Holy Communion on that day
  3. and recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added).
  4. All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one's disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.
Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls
A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when theEternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November:
Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the Poor Souls
Praying the Holy Rosary for the Poor Souls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dracula vs. the Catholic Eucharist

by Taylor Marshall

Pontifical Requiem Mass for deceased bishops and priests on November 3

By The Catholic Herald

MADISON -- In the "Church Year," November is a significant month for considering the Communion of the Saints and the holy souls in Purgatory.

At the start of the month, the Church celebrates All Saints Day, giving thanks to God for all those we believe have achieved their heavenly goal, and then All Souls Day, during which we pray for the souls of all those who have departed but await their entry into heaven. They are moving days, which call to mind not only loved ones and friends who have died, but also the end of our own lives.

In most parishes, All Souls Day will coincide with Sunday this year, and thus will be marked with particular attention and solemnity. But for all who wish to participate, a particular opportunity exists in the Diocese of Madison to celebrate All Souls Day and to remember all the deceased priests and bishops who have served the faithful here, by way of the traditional Latin Requiem Mass.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 (the day to which this commemoration is transferred in the ancient calendar of the Church), Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The location of the Mass, the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in the Bishop O'Donnell Memorial Chapel, holds particular significance as the building and chapel are named, respectively, in honor of the first and second bishops of the diocese and were the place of formation of so many diocesan priests.

A Requiem Mass, which is seldom seen anymore, is always offered for the repose of the soul or souls of the deceased and mirrors in its ritual the Catholic funeral Mass. This Requiem Mass, which has been organized by the Madison Tridentine Mass Society, will be marked by particular ceremony as it is a Pontifical Requiem, celebrated by the bishop. The Mass will be accompanied by Tomás Luis de Victoria's Requiem for four voices.

All are invited to join in the ancient prayer of the Church, as we commend to God the good priests and bishops who have gone before us, even as we pray as a diocese for our "Priests for the Future."

Monday, October 20, 2014

What's a Catholic to do?

Saint Paul Weighs In

Destruction of Sodom

"The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. ... As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. ... Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."

First Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans

Time is Running Out!

The March for Life is the biggest and most powerful pro-life event of the year! Each year, approximately 500,000 pro-lifers descend on the nation's capitol, demanding justice for pre-born persons. You don't want to miss this event, taking place on January 22nd!

But don't wait---the deadline for registration isNovember 1st! Call 262-796-1111 ext. 10 today or click here to register!

Crazy Cardinals, Synod on Marriage and Family, Finding Peace

by Dr Taylor Marshall

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by Dr Taylor Marshall


Saturday, October 18, 2014

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