LENTCAzT 00: Shrove Tuesday

16_02_08_LENTCAzT2016Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day upon which many would seek to be “shriven” before the beginning of Lent.   In other words GO TO CONFESSION!

It is “Fat Tuesday”.  When the discipline of Lent was more serious in the Latin Church, this was the last day you could eat animal fats, etc.

With this audio offering, I am beginning a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.

 http://www.wdtprs.com/lentcazt16/00_lenctcazt2016.mp3

I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

REMINDER: Tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM CST, Ash Wednesday, I will say Mass for the intention of my benefactors.

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Super Bowl Doritos commercial annoyed big-business abortion NARAL!

Today I am going to buy a bag of Doritos… a small one.  Via one of its Super Bowl commercials Doritos annoyed big-business abortion NARAL.

One of the Doritos commercials featured an ultrasound moment.  Apparently Doritos are so good that Dad is eating them during the viewing of the ultrasound image.  Mom is unimpressed.  Unborn Junior, however, can sense the presence of the Doritos, as if through The Doritos Force and really wants one.  Mind you, the commercial has a crass outcome, as it were.  BUT… the point is… the moving thing in the ultrasound image was, clearly, A BABY.

The death-cult NARAL didn’t like that.  How dare that… thing… that invader by humanized?  Pretty soon women won’t want to have abortions and then what will they do?

CNS has the story.  (The video is embedded and it starts automatically.)

The Catholic League reports:

NARAL Livid Over Doritos Ad

February 8, 2016
Bill Donohue comments on the way the pro-abortion group, NARAL, responded to the Doritos ad that aired during the Super Bowl:

The Doritos ad that showed an ultrasound picture of the baby carried by the baby’s mother was condemned by NARAL for “humanizing the fetus.” It did just that. What else could it have done?

In 2013, Scottish professor Malcolm Nicolson co-authored a book, Imaging and Imagining the Fetus: The Development of Obstetric Ultrasound, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He noted the “humanizing effect” of ultrasound and the enthusiastic reception it is receiving from pregnant women. In fact, he said, some women report not feeling pregnant until they’ve seen the pictures.

Anti-women feminists such as Allison Benedikt also acknowledge the effects of this technology. In a Salon article in 2012, she lashed out at pregnant women who were sharing pictures of their unborn babies on Facebook. She exclaimed that the more women share these pictures, “the harder it will be to deny that they are people.” She is exactly right: When photos of humans are shared, their humanity is confirmed.

Similarly, in 2007, author Melody Rose published a pro-abortion book wherein she decried the way “recent developments in imaging technique certainly have facilitated a reliance on powerful pictures that humanize the fetus in a way not possible two decades ago.” Imagine how human these humans will look two decades from now!

In 1994, the great English historian Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times, compared abortion to slavery. He noted that advances in medical technology have had a dramatic effect. “The fetus is being humanized,” he said, “just as the slave was humanized.” That’s what worries NARAL.

Contact NARAL’s president, Ilyse Hogue: IHogue@ProChoiceAmerica.org

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Card. Onaiyekan on the proper disposition to receive Holy Communion

John Card OnaiyekanI have had my eye on John Card. Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, for some time.

There was recently a Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines. Since Archbp. Piero Marini (former MC to JP2) is in charge of these conferences you might expect that there was some silliness. His talk about inculturation was a blast from the past. However, Card. Onaiyekan was pretty good, it seems. Here is an account from CBCPNEWS:

CEBU City (Jan. 29, 2016) – Where others prefer to tiptoe and use couched language, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, minced no words in talking about the proper disposition for the reception of the Holy Eucharist, which many Catholics seem to take for granted nowadays.

Delivering this morning’s catechesis, Onaiyekan said no one was really worthy to receive Holy Communion, but all people are under God’s “loving compassion.”

“That is why we have a penitential rite at the beginning of Mass. And when before communion we solemnly announce: ‘Oh Lord I am not worthy…,’ it is not a figure of speech, but a sincere admission of our spiritual inadequacy,” the 71-year-old cardinal said.

Nonetheless the Church has guidelines that set limits to the level of “unworthiness” compatible with a fruitful reception of Holy Communion, the metropolitan pointed out.

No to ‘Eucharistic hospitality’  [The Eucharist is not canapé at a liberal Left catholic brie and chardonnay reception.]

Allowing just anyone to receive communion during Mass will inflict “serious damage on the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist,” and harm both the individual and the wider Church.  [Sacrilege hurts everyone.]

“The traditional requirement of being ‘in a state of grace’ cannot be jettisoned without spiritual negative consequence at both personal and ecclesial levels.  [Bad Communions harm the Church.  So, good Communions help the Church.  Save The Liturgy, Save The World.]Therefore, those who freely offer or accept what is inappropriately called ‘Eucharistic hospitality’ to whoever cares to come to the communion rails seem to me to be inflicting serious damage on the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist,” said Cardinal Onaiyekan.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that those who have mortal sins cannot receive communion without first going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It defines mortal sin as “sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”

In Nigeria, he said, it is pastoral practice during public Masses to announce clearly before communion that “only Catholics that are properly prepared should come forward to receive communion.”

Sacrilege  [There it is.  The “S” word.  So few prelates and priests are willing to use the word these days.  They’ve gone all wobbly.]

“We do not believe that this is a place for any kind of false ‘political correctness.’ It seems that in many places today, there is a need to recover the sense of outrage about whatever may be tantamount to ‘sacrilege.’”  [Did he just say “outrage”?  Yes, I believe he did.]

Onaiyekan’s catechesis was on “The Eucharist: Dialogue with the Poor and the Suffering.”

“Here we might consider how much we do to make the Eucharist available to the poor living in slums or in remote villages. What about those who live in prisons and detention camps? Wherever possible, those who are suffering should be able to contemplate the face of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist,” he said. (CBCP News)

Fr. Z kudos to Card. Onaiyekan.

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“What a bore clergy find the ‘Hymn to Love’ in I Corinthians 13…”

From Fr. Hunwicke of Mutual Enrichment comes this brilliantly blistering entry. I am glad he’s on our side. And I am especially glad to have another defender of the pre-Lent Sundays. They were 86’d in the time of Paul VI. What a senseless tragedy.  My emphases:

QUINQUAGESIMA

What a bore clergy find the ‘Hymn to Love’ in I Corinthians 13 (the EF/BCP Epistle in Sunday’s Mass), as yet another engaged couple want Uncle Bob to read it at their wedding. Read, however, in the context of the blistering attack S Paul is making on the failings of the Corinthian Christians, its cutting irony, verging on sarcasm, is rather fun. Whenever S Paul says “Love is not X”, he is mightily suggesting that the Corinthians are X. But it isn’t irony Kevin and Sharon think they’re getting … I blame the late Thos Cranmer for the start of this vulgarisation. He abolished the fitting pre-Lent Collect for Quinquagesima and replaced it by a composition of his own, highlighting Charity. Since then, it has all been downhill.  [See what happens when you don’t adequately respect Quinquagesima?  Tinker tinker tinker… what good comes of that.]

If you look carefully at Quinquagesima’s BCP/EF Epistle and Gospel (Luke 18:31-43), you may notice that the link between them is the idea of being made able to See. Then, if you turn to the Homily by S Gregory which provides an extract for the third nocturn in the Old Breviary, you will discover that this is exactly what the saint leads us to expect. [NB: Many people use the word “liturgy” when they mean “Mass”.  But Mass is not “the liturgy”.  The Office is also “the liturgy”.  In the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite, there was far more cohesion between the two.  Read together, they present a far fuller view of the day.] (Migne, 76, columns 1081 and following; incidentally, as on the preceding two Sundays, the manuscripts tell us that this was preached to the people in the Stational Church – S Peter in Vaticano – on the Sunday we are examining. I will endeavour to amuse you by translating some of S Gregory’s little Latin ‘fillers’ by means of our popular modern ‘fillers’.)

 

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Go over there to find the rest.  It’s worthy of your time.

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8 Feb: St. Josephine Bakhita

St_Josephine_BakhitaSt. Josephine Bakhita is a truly amazing saint.  Check out a biography of her here.

Here is a quote from St. Josephine about her life as a slave:

“One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master’s son. He became furious, snatched me violently from my hiding place, and began to strike me ferociously with the lash and his feet Finally he left me half dead, completely unconscious. Some slaves carried me away and lay me on a straw mat, where I remained for over a month.

A woman skilled in this cruel art [tattooing] came to the general’s house…our mistress stood behind us, whip in hand. The woman had a dish of white flour, a dish of salt and a razor… When she had made her patterns; the woman took the razor and made incisions along the lines. Salt was poured into each of the wounds… My face was spared, but 6 patterns were designed on my breasts, and 60 more on my belly and arms. I thought I would die, especially when salt was poured in the wounds…it was by a miracle of God I didn’t die. He had destined me for better things.”

About her tormentors she would say:

“If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today…”

COLLECT:

Deus, qui beatam Iosephinam a servitute abiecta,
ad dignitatem filiae tuae et Christi sponsae adduxisti,
da nobis, quaesumus, eius exemplo,
Dominum Iesum crucifixum constanti dilectione prosequi
et in caritate ad misericordiam propensos perseverare.

The tricky word here is propensos from propendeo.  If we can’t get this word right, nothing happens correctly in the last part of the prayer.  Propendeo basically means “to hang forth or forward, hang down”.  However, it comes also to mean, “to be well disposed, favorable”, “to be inclined”.  This gives us the adjective propensus , a, um.  This means that we are asking God to make us to be people who are propensi.  This is the tricky part.  We must have here something like “grant to us… (to be) well-disposed (nos esse propensos) to persevere…”.

LITERAL TRANSLATION:

O God, who brought blessed Josephine out of abject servitude
unto the dignity of Your daughter and a spouse of Christ,
grant us, we beseech You, by her example,
to follow the crucified Lord Jesus with constant love
and to be well disposed to persevere in charity unto mercy.

CURRENT (I think): [See update, below.]

Lord, hear the prayers of those who recall
the devoted life of the virgin Josephine Bakhita.
Guide us on our way and help us to grow
in love and devotion as long as we live.

UPDATE:

Sent to me by a priestly reader:

From ibreviary:

O God, who led Saint Josephine Bakhita from abject slavery
to the dignity of being your daughter and a bride of Christ,
grant, we pray, that by her example
we may show constant love for the Lord Jesus crucified,
remaining steadfast in charity
and prompt to show compassion.

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7 Feb: Bl. Pius IX, Pope

Bl. Pius IX at St. Lawrence outside the wallsThe Martyrologium Romanum has this entry for 7 February:

16*.  Romae, beati Pii papae Noni, qui, veritatem Christi, cui ab imo adhaesit, plane proclamans, multas instituit sedes episcopales, cultum beatae Mariae Virginis promovit et Concilium OEcumenicum Vaticanum Primum ascivit.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two from the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?

Let us know.

For the EF, I spoke of the move I am currently enduring and sorting and getting rid of things.  I used this as a metaphor of our Lenten discipline.  When we move we have an opportunity to get rid of things, to get rid of impedimenta, the Latin word for the ancient Roman military baggage train.  We struggle sometimes to get rid of stuff we haven’t seen for a long time and really don’t need.  We have to detach from sins and not feel affection for them.  We can use Lent to help detach from sins and from material things.

For the OF, I touched also the point about moving, but I also spoke of how Christ used the technology of the boat and line to speak to more people as they stood on shore and listened.  That was the first instance of “on-line ministry”.  Christ is the Perfect Communicator.  He communicated in words and actions.  We are members of Christ, the Communicator, the Word.  Christ should be reflected in our words and actions.   We have to know our Faith and be ready to communicate it, even when we risk blow back and problems. Then I touched on the role of the Sacrament of Confirmation in our lives when we face challenges as Christians.

 

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WDTRPS: Quinquagesima Sunday – Prepare for battle!

QuinquagesimaIn our traditional Roman calendar tomorrow, Sunday, is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  Today is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Alleluia. The prayers and readings for the pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St. Gregory the Great (+604).   The Consilium’s liturgical engineers under Annibale Bugnini and others eliminated these pre-Lent Sundays, much to our detriment.  (Cf. BugniniCare).

Those who participate at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form will see that the priest’s vestments are purple. A Tract is sung in place of an Alleluia, which has been “buried” until Easter.  The Introit refers to the “rock” and the Roman Station today is at St. Peter’s on the Vatican Hill.

COLLECT:

Preces nostras, quaesumus, Domine, clementer exaudi: atque, a peccatorum vinculis absolutos, ab omni nos adversitate custodi.

This prayer is found in the ancient Liber Sacramentorum Augustodunensis and the L.S. Engolismensis.  I cannot find this prayer in any form in the post-Conciliar editions of the Missale Romanum.

You won’t find Quinquagesima either!

The ponderous Lewis & Short Dictionary reminds us that absolvo means “to loosen from, to make loose, set free, detach, untie” or in juridical language “to absolve from a charge, to acquit, declare innocent”.  The priest uses this word when he absolves you of the bonds of your sins.  Vinculum is “that with which any thing is bound, a band, bond, rope, cord, fetter, tie”.  This bond can be literal, as in physical fetters, or it can be moral or some sort of state.  You can be bound in charity or peace, or bound in damnation or sin.  In the case if sin, in liturgical prayer we find a form of vinculum or its plural with “loosing” verbs such as absolvo or resolvo or dissolvo. In ancient prayer the state of sin conceived as a place in which we are bound.  The bonds must be loosed so that we can escape and be free.

In the whole of the post-Conciliar Missal I don’t believe the combination peccata absolvere is found, but it is in ancient collections.  One finds the phrase with some additional term such as “bonds” or “ties” of sins.

LITERAL TRANSLATION:

We beseech You, O Lord, graciously attend to our prayers: and, having been loosed from the fetters of sins, guard us from every adversity.

What is the first thing an enemy does to you, once you are captured? 

He disarms you.  

He shackles you.

He renders you powerless to do your own will.

Even when we have fallen into sin, we retain free will, but our will is already weakened due to original and actual sin.  We can become so mired in sin that we can’t rule ourselves.

The Sacrament of Penance is a great gift.  It frees us from our self-inflicted chains.

We must strive to live without mortal sin.

But we fall.  In mortal sin we divest ourselves, as it were, of our spiritual armor. We make ourselves prisoners.

We pray to God to protect us from the dire consequences of sin, including the attacks of the Enemy, which on our own without God’s help we cannot resist.

Among the benefits of the Sacrament of Penance, along with being freed from the chains of sins, is a strengthening to resist sin in the future.

These prayers of the pre-Lenten Sundays are meant to help us ready the stores in our interior fortresses before the spiritual battle of Lent.

We must empty out what does not serve and be filled with that which does.

Prepare yourselves for battle and Lent’s discipline.

GO TO CONFESSION!

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WDTPRS: 5th Ordinary Sunday – A clear and certain trumpet

This Sunday’s Collect is in the pre-Conciliar Missal for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany.   Our prayer presents imagery of a family and, on the other hand, a group of dutiful soldiers.

Familiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine,
continua pietate custodi,
ut, quae in sola spe gratiae caelestis innititur,
tua semper protectione muniatur
.

Custodio, common in military contexts, means “to watch, protect, defend.”  Innitor, also with military overtones, means “to lean or rest upon, to support one’s self by any thing.”  Caesar and Livy describe soldiers leaning on their spears and shields (e.g., “scutis innixi … leaning upon their shields” Caesar, De bello Gallico 2.27).   Munio, is a military term – sensing a theme? – for walling up something up, putting it in a state of defense.

When applied to us humans, pietas, which gives us “piety”, is “dutiful conduct toward the gods, one’s parents, relatives, benefactors, country, etc., sense of duty.”  Pietas is also one of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf CCC 733-36; Isaiah 11:2), by which we are duly affectionate and grateful toward our parents, relatives and country, as well as to all men living insofar as they belong to God or are godly, and especially to the saints.  In common parlance, “piety” indicates fulfilling the duties of religion. However, applied to God, pietas usually indicates His mercy towards us.

SUPER LITERAL RENDERING:

Guard Your family, we beseech You, O Lord,
with continual mercy,
so that that (family) which is propping itself up upon the sole hope of heavenly grace
may always be defended by Your protection.

OBSOLETE ICEL (1973):

Father,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

NEW CORRECTED ICEL (2011):

Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.

“Watch over your family, …with continual mercy/religious dutifulness,…” invokes the images soldiers as well as that of a father checking into the bedrooms of his children as they sleep.  He listens through the night for sounds of distress or need.

The Church is not afraid to combine images of family and soldiering, the symbiotic exchange of duty, obedience and protection. Putting the military imagery in relief helps us to hold both sets of images in mind as we hear Father lift our Collect heavenward during Holy Mass.

We Catholics are both a family, children of a common Father, and a Church Militant, a corps (from Latin corpus, “body”).  Many of us when we were confirmed by bishops as “soldiers of Christ” were given a blow on the cheek as a reminder of what suffering we might face as Christians.

We ought rather die like soldiers than sin in the manner of those who have no gratitude toward God or sense of duty.  We ought to desire to suffer if necessary for the sake of those in our charge.

Today we beg the protection and provisions Christ our King can give us soldiers while on the march.  We need a proper attitude of obedience toward God, our ultimate superior, and dutifulness toward our shepherds in the Church, our earthly parents, our earthly country, etc.

Our prayer reminds us that we belong to communities in which we have unequal roles.

There is a profound interconnection between the members of a family, but also inequality.

Children are no less members of the family than their parents, but they are not their parents’ equals. Even the young Jesus– the God man – was subject to Mary and Joseph (Luke 2:51).  As Glorious Risen King and Judge, Christ will subject all things to the Father (1 Cor 15:27-28).   We are all members of the Church, but with unequal roles.

As St. Augustine said, “I am a bishop for you, I am a Christian with you” (s. 340, 1).”

Our times are dominated ever more by relativism and the obtuse madness of secular humanism.  Both the military and the family and Holy Church (the human dimension, of course) are being eroded, systematically broken down.  Individual soldiers might be praised but the military is looked at by the intelligentsia with suspicion.  Rights of individuals – even of children against their parents – are validated, while the family as a unit is under severe attack.

Hierarchy and discipline provide the protection needed by marching troops and growing children.  We members of the Militant Church, disciples of Christ, need discipline from our officers/shepherds so we can attain our goal.   We need nourishment and discipline in the sense of instruction (Latin disciplina) and sacraments.

Parents and shepherds must fulfill their own roles toward us with pietas, religious and sacred duty!  Their pietas requires sacrifice, being the first to step out in our defense, forming good plans, sounding a clear and certain trumpet to lead us.

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Wherein Fr. Z promotes monkish beer! – UPDATE

UPDATE 5 February:

From the the chant monks, the beer monks of Norcia…

This week, the first major shipment of Birra Nursia left the walls of the monastery and of Norcia and began its long journey to the United States. If you have already placed an order for Birra Nursia, your beer is on its way.

Imagine the journey the beer must take, out of the foothills of the Sibillini mountains, across the Atlantic and over highways and byways of America’s heartland just to reach your door. A great deal of love and prayer went in to the production of this beer. Be assured that each bottle was produced by the monks themselves. The monks are proud that Birra Nursia is a monastic product from start to finish.

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___ ORIGINAL Jan 29, 2016 ___

 

Did you know that the last entry in the famous Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary, zythum, is a word for beer?

Last October I was at a benefit in NYC for the Benedictine Monks in Norcia, Italy. They have revived a monastic presence in the place of St. Benedict’s birth and they have started a brewery.  At that event, I received a couple bottles of their exquisite beer, one of which I still have. I’ve been saving it.

However, I may just crack it open now, because their superb beer will be soon available to you in these USA.  You can order it at birranursia.com.

And, what’s more, you can subscribe as part of their Brewmonks’ Club to have beer regularly sent to you.

May I make a suggestion?  After signing up for your own membership, how about getting a membership for the priest or priests at your local parish?   A subscription or two might help Father get a men’s club going, such as the one at the parish where I help on weekends, the monthly Pints and Pipes meeting.  As G.K. Chesterton said, “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” Our Pints and Pipes usually also involves another P, such as Pizza, or in the summer months, Pistols – before the Pints, of course.  As Chesterton also wrote in Orthodoxy, “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.”  And, we should enjoy these activities in the right order.  But I digress…

A 1 year subscription has two options: 1 case of 12 bottles or 1 half-case of 6.   They also send a case of their glasses.  I have two.  Like the monks, they are not delicate.  They both survived travel in my suitcase.

Drinking your potables from the properly shaped glass can make a difference in your perception of the flavors.  Yes, it’s true.

Also, the bottles are large format, 750ml.  There is a blonde and a dark.  Descriptions HERE.  They are both great.  I’ve had both, both in events for the monks in these USA and also in Italy.  Once, I was with a pilgrimage group which went to Norcia. The monks put out for us their beer along with local sausages and cheeses, etc.  It was magnificent.

Just for fun, a few pics from that visit.  First, a tour of their brewery.

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Brewmonks’ Club

 

UPDATE:

I was informed that they have a new glass for the Brewmonk’s Club.

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