26 November 2015

Psalm 94

[1] Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour. [2] Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms. [3] For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. [4] For in his hand are all the ends of the earth: and the heights of the mountains are his. [5] For the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

[6] Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us. [7] For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. [8] Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts: [9] As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works. [10] Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I said: These always err in heart.

[11] And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest.

24 November 2015

Ecclesiastes 12

1Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not: 2Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain: 3When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened: 4And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder's voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf. 5And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way, the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about in the street. 6Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern, 7And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it. 8Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.

9And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables. 10He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.

11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd. 12More than these, my son, require not. Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh.

13Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man: 14And all things that are done, God will bring into judgment for every error, whether it be good or evil.

About Those Rigid Seminarians...

I found this link at Pewsitter, so I thank them for that.  It is the story of one vocation that was plucked from a modernist-run seminary.  An important insight into what one must believe is not an isolated case.  Excerpts below of the full article at Torch of the Faith:

When I had been at Ushaw seminary for a few weeks, a student from several years higher up the house came to give me some well-meant advice. The conversation went something like this:-

''I've noticed that you go to Morning and Evening Prayer every single day.''

''Er... Yes. What about it?''

''I wouldn't do that if I were you.''

''Really! Why not?''

''Well, you see, the staff are going to notice that type of thing and they'll say that you're too rigid. That'll come back on you later on. It has already happened to other lads before you came here. It would perhaps be best if you have a sleep-in some days and skip going to chapel once or twice.''

I was as dumbfounded then as I was when another well-intentioned man came to warn me not to have my orthodox books or devotional material on open show on the bookcase in my room. I was astounded. If you could get labelled as ''rigid'' for just saying your daily prayers, or reading orthodox material, then what hope was there for your vocation, or even your faith, during 6 years in that atmosphere? You've got to remember, too, that I had worked in a high-street bank for 9 years before this. I'd had my own car, savings and everything. After about two days in the place, I phoned my Dad and said that it felt like I'd gone in a time-machine from 90's England to Hitler's Germany or something.


I had a good friend, a mature and highly educated young man, who got labelled as being ''scrupulous,'' for checking the palms of his hands for crumbs from the large, crumbly and powdered triangles of bread which were used for the Holy Eucharist; no receiving on the tongue in that regime.

Another good friend was labelled ''homophobic'' for quoting from the teaching about homosexuality in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, during a class discussion.


In Goodbye Good Men, Michael Rose exposes the fact that seminarians who began to stand up against the evils around them soon found themselves being labelled as 'rigid,' 'pre-conciliar,' or 'anticommunity'. Quoting from the famous Fr. John Trigilio, author of Catholicism for Dummies and co-host of EWTN's Web of Faith, Rose compares the kind of constant surveillance and persecution, which faithful Catholics received in Modernistic seminaries, to the type of psychological warfare employed by the KGB in Soviet Russia. In light of that, Fr. Trigilio explained: ''The one book that helped me persevere through my 12 years of seminary, was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago. Funnily enough, together with Michael Rose's book, this is one of the titles which has most helped me in the years of trying to recover after the spiritual-gulag of Ushaw.


All of this, together with his frequent negative comments about orthodox Catholics, formed the backdrop to my hearing of Pope Francis' words, to a conference of priestly formators at the weekend, about seminarians.

He said: ''When a youngster is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I don't feel confident (about him). Behind it there is something that he himself does not understand. Keep your eyes open!''

Francis framed this rhetoric with suggestions of neurosis, psychological instability and the concept of rigid priests ''biting'' people.


From my own experience, I have to say that there are plenty of unbalanced characters who have been ushered through toward ordination, even though - or likely because - they were irreverent and effeminate dissenters from the Magisterium. At the same time, plenty of good men were put through the wringer, or even prevented from getting into the seminary system to begin with, just because they were faithful and orthodox Catholics. I've said here before, that I've seen lads turned away at selection for believing that the Church is hierarchical, for supporting Humanae Vitae, or for being forthrightly pro-life.


Having suffered so much in the spiritual-gulag that was Ushaw college in the 1990's, and having witnessed the ''rigid'' label being abused to destroy and hinder good and orthodox vocations from England, America, Germany, Holland and Ireland; I must say that Pope Francis' comments to seminary formators at the weekend have put me back a long, long way.

I imagine that now they will be used by Modernists in seminaries everywhere to do just that - in the sense of putting them back in their formation - to plenty more orthodox young men who are presently in the system.


22 November 2015

An Accurate Observation

From Hilary White at The Remnant

This brings me back to the warning issued last night by an online hacker/activist group, identified only as “Anonymous,” who listed “Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)” as being among those under direct threat today.

After Mass, I told Father what I had read on the news aggregators in the morning. We agreed that it was an appropriate accompaniment to the readings. But how strange it is that the only people who seem to really understand what is going on are the terrorists themselves – who are clear that they are waging war on Christendom and the Catholic Church’s ancient claims to temporal supremacy – and the Traditionalists, who are the only Catholics remaining in the Church who still understand what that means. Nearly everyone else will miss the point.

20 November 2015

Teachers Heaping, Ears Itching

2 Timothy 4:3

Fear Not, Little Flock

Today is the Feast of St. Felix of Valois:

Epistle (1 Cor. 4:9-14)

Brethren, we are made a spectacle to the world, and to Angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honorable, but we without honor. Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted and have no fixed abode, and we labor, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it: we are blasphemed, and we entreat: we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you, but I admonish you as my dearest children: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel (Lk. 12:32-34)

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

19 November 2015

State Department Warns Americans Abroad about Visiting Vatican

Yep, these are the jokes, kid.

Liturgical Reflections by an Amateur

Nothing major, but a couple of takeaways from Mass this morning.  Today's feast is St. Elizabeth of Hungary, with a commemoration of Pope St. Pontianus.

The Introit (Ps. 118:75, 120:1) hit me: 

I know, O lord, that Thy judgements are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear, I am afraid of Thy judgements. (Psalm) Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be to the Father. I know...

Pretty good wake-up call and prescription for life, if you ask me.

The other item is the Postcommunion for the Commemoration of Pope St. Pontianus.  I took it as one pontiff praying for another:

Appeased by this Sacrifice, O Lord, in which Thou hast nourished Thy Church on heavenly food, do Thou so guide her that she may be steered with a firm hand and, while enjoying more liberty, may persist in wholeness of faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Amen, indeed.  Have a great day.

18 November 2015

At Last: the West Moves to Protect Its Cultural Treasures from Mohammedan Violence

Italy: Bob Dylan concerts to have armed guards

"That in the midst of this fickle world we may always live under Your protection"

God, who led the children of Israel dry-shod through the sea, and showed the way to the three Magi by the guidance of a star; grant us, we pray, a happy journey and peaceful days, so that, with your holy angel as our guide, we may safely reach our destination and finally come to the haven of everlasting salvation.

God, who led your servant, Abraham, out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and kept him safe in all his wanderings; may it please you, we pray, also to watch over us, your servants. Be to us, Lord, a help in our preparations, comfort on the way, shade in the heat, shelter in the rain and cold, a carriage in tiredness, a shield in adversity, a staff in insecurity, a haven in accident; so that under your guidance we may happily reach our destination, and finally return safe to our homes.

Lord, we beg you to hear our request that you guide the steps of your servants along the path of well-being that comes from you, and that in the midst of this fickle world we may always live under your protection.

Grant, we pray, O Almighty God, that your party of travellers find a safe route; and heeding the admonitions of blessed John, the precursor, come finally to Him whom John foretold, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

V. Procedamus in pace.

R. In nomine Domini.


--from the Itinerarium