Sunday, June 08, 2014

Dominica Pentecostes: Veni, Sancte Spiritus

  • Mass: Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum. Deus, qui hodiérna die corda fidélium sancti Spíritus illustratióne docuísti da nobis in eódem Spíritu recta sápere, et de ejus semper consolatióne gaudére. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen. I say the rosary a 19th-century way that the Irish Legion of Mary uses, with this collect.
  • Sermon by Fr. Robert Hart. A bit of the right kind of ecumenism.
  • A good word for "the other" great group of American Catholics, the charismatics. Since they've gotten over their Protestant origins (the liberals loved them until they clashed with the charismatics' origins in conservative Protestantism), although they seem to be waning, like us they're sound on doctrine and still go to Mass. I see them doing the orans position at the Our Father the few times a year I'm at the new Mass (where I say the creed from the old Anglican missals from memory). Come, Holy Spirit, and of course miracles can happen.
  • "The seminary is bankrupt." So spake the priest today. St. Charles Borromeo, whose magnificent grounds are in my parish. The great downsizing that Vatican II accidentally caused continues. They'll have to sell off that property or close. (You know my line: So, how's that "renewal" working out for youse?) Trads in their 30s have four or more children per family. (Our living links, people from before the council, are a minority.) We'll still be here in 50 years, but small.
  • Setting the record straight about incorruptible saints' bodies. I always wondered about that.
  • From A Political Refugee From the Global Village: Are there any true conservatives anymore? Of course paleos think Whigs and libertarians are part of the problem, sellouts to the "Enlightenment."
  • Mohammedanism was a heresy: that is the essential point to grasp before going any further. It began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It was a perversion of Christian doctrine. It vitality and endurance soon gave it the appearance of a new religion, but those who were contemporary with its rise saw it for what it was_not a denial, but an adaptation and a misuse, of the Christian thing. - Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies. I'm more afraid of our home-grown bastard, the son of Protestantism, the Cathedral/political correctness/secular humanism, than of the Mohammedans. All we have to do with the latter is keep them at a distance, stop riling them up about Israel/Palestine, and keep buying their oil.
  • The Cathedral as prophesied by Anne Catherine Emmerich: I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. ... They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was to embrace all creeds with equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock. There was to be a Pope, a salaried Pope, without possessions. All was made ready, many things finished; but, in place of an altar, were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be, and it was for it that he had set fire to the old one; but God designed otherwise.
  • Good thing the Pope can't change the teachings of the church, otherwise I'd be really worried. Pope Francis' opinions seem to zigzag all over the place, getting the Cathedral's hopes up. One hand gives, the other takes away. He has no time for women's ordination (as indeed most Catholics don't) but he allows speculation about allowing divorce and remarriage, he calls us names and then says something nice about Archbishop Lefebvre; then there's that business of Muslim prayers in the Vatican. As long as it's not formal heresy, he's still Pope. I go to my Mass, his name's whispered in the Canon, I send his office Peter's Pence, and that's that. And I thought St. John Paul the Overrated was a mixed bag.
  • The month of the Sacred Heart, the Eucharistic heart of Christ, the manifestation of God's love.
  • Jesus saves, Mary prays, save souls.


  1. (1) Incorruptible saints--St. Bernadette Soubirous' body is incorrupt but it is showcased wearing a wax face mask and waxed hands/fingers due to discoloration. I had also read that the Orthodox have some interest in incorruptible bodies as an indicator of sanctity. E.g., St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco [ROCOR] otherwise known as St. John the Wonder Worker. When his body was exhumed (or rather his crypt opened), the only significant damage to his corpse was to one of his heels wherein the bones were exposed. My take on this: None of this is de fide so a theologoumenon is OK. My theologoumenon is that bodies should not be exposed at all. It must be the Jew or the Protie in me! LOL

    (2) Pope Francis the loose tongued and promoter of "revolutionary" ideas: You know about his "loose lips sink ships" statements. His "revolutionary" bit refers to the upcoming synod related to divorced and remarried (outside the Church) Catholics and the Holy Eucharist. Our mutual friend, Dan a/k/a LatinMan referred to what will happen to Pope Francis when he nonetheless tows the line on marriage and sexual ethics as a "Humane Vitate moment." I think Dan is exactly right! I recall the firestorm that resulted when Paul 6 published HV after all the publicity re: the study group he appointed and the expectations (of the press?) that they will recommend a "go" on artificial birth control and that the Pope would go along with those recommendations. Of course this never happened. Pope Francis is in for a big surprise soon . . . (hopefully) . . . as the love fest the World has with him turns to pure hatred.

  2. Thanks for the link to the article on the incorruptible saints, a very valuable resource.

  3. So sad about the bankruptcy of St Charles Borromeo. That's one of the seminaries where our diocese sends seminarians.

    Meanwhile, down here in the nation's third fastest-growing diocese :D :D ... there's this:


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