LENTCAzT 09: Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent.

Reminder: GO TO CONFESSION!

How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast 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/lentcazt15/09_lenctcazt2015.mp3

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

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Reason #142 for Summorum Pontificum

This is from Vatican Radio:

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis and the Roman Curia are in the middle of their weeklong Spiritual Exercises in Ariccia, outside Rome.
According to L’Osservatore Romano, the retreat master, Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin, has shared reflections with the Curia on the prophet Elias.
In his reflection, Fr Secondin compared the worship of the false idols in Elias’ time with a modern-day religiosity that is interested in the superficial and in measures of faith “according to statistics.” He called the participants to authentic and “audacious” worship.

?!?

You want authentic, audacious worship?

LondonTitle3

 

 

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Brick by Brick in St. Louis

Brick by brick, my readers, brick by brick.

I had some good news:

Here is a good example of the Traditionalists “Riding The Bike”. [See this rant HERE.]

A Parish near St. Louis is starting a Latin Mass through the efforts of a few dedicated people. There are 2 links attached. 1st is Bill’s site with resources for the (62) Latin/English Missals for the Traditional Mass than any Parish can print & use HERE. 2nd is the St. Louis Review Article about the Tridentine Mass being started at St. Barnabas in the St. Louis area. HERE Bill & Fr. Hagen & others have worked very hard to get this going & I thought you could mention them and their resources in one of your articles.

Oh you thought that, did you?  HA!  No way.  Not on your life.

 

 

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“Filial appeal” to Pope Francis asking him to hold the line

This is pretty interesting…

From Breitbart:

EUROPEAN ROYALTY APPEALS TO POPE FRANCIS ON CHURCH TEACHING

A coalition of royals, prelates, and Catholic activists have sent a “filial appeal” to Pope Francis asking him to hold the line on Church teaching regarding the family.

The letter focuses on the Synod of Bishops to take place this October in the Vatican and expresses the signers’ “fears and hopes regarding the future of the family.

Signers include a raft of dignitaries, many with titles most Americans would not know existed any longer. They include princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, counts and countesses, barons and baronesses, descendants of storied European royal families, and one exiled African king.

Kigeli V, exiled King of Rawanda, is a signer, along with the heads of the Imperial House of Portugal and Brazil, Prince Armand de Merode of Belgium, Duke and Duchess Antonello Del Balzo di Presenzano of Italy, Princess Monika of Lowenstein-Werthheim-Rosenberg, Baron Rudolf Pfyffer von Altishofen of France, and many others.

The letter says, “Our fears arise from witnessing a decades-long sexual revolution promoted by an alliance of powerful organizations, political forces and the mass media that consistently work against the very existence of the family as the basic unit of society.”

The signers trace the ongoing sexual revolution to the May 1968 “Sorbonne Revolution” in France and “morality opposed to both Divine and natural law.”

The letter “notes with anguish that, for millions of faithful Catholics, the beacon seems to have dimmed in the face of the onslaught of lifestyles spread by anti-Christian lobbies.”

Specifically, the signers believe “a breach has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery–by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion–and would virtually accept even homosexual unions.”

[…]

Everyone needs to stand up and be counted.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day promotion for Courageous Priest – reminder

The nice people at Courageous Priest are still working on their t-shirt fundraiser.  They have a St. Patrick t-shirt which, for a change, doesn’t promote anything stupid, immoral, or disrespectful to the Saint.

Since I simply loath what has been done to the Feast of St. Patrick, a great saint, I am happy to promote this.

As this site says:

Let’s remember St. Patrick’s Day is not about beer, kissing, fighting, or other immoral activities you might see at a parade.

ALSO there is still a $5 Off Promo!  Take $5 off your purchase.  (The $5 comes off during the check out.)

This St. Patrick’s Tee will only be available until Monday, 2 March! You are guaranteed to have your St. Patrick shirt before St. Patrick’s Day for domestic – US – orders.

Also available in Kids, Women’s Fit and Long Sleeve.

CLICK HERE

Click to buy!

Click to buy!

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LENTCAzT 08: Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent.

Reminder: GO TO CONFESSION!

How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast 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/lentcazt15/08_lenctcazt2015.mp3

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

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The Feeder Feed: Chicago Edition

This morning took me to the Chicago Art Institute. I was especially keep to see some Impressionists, but I started in chronological order in European paintings.

This is interesting. Here is something by Matteo di Giovanni (+1495), part of a series depicting the Dream of St. Jerome (1476).

You might recall that St. Jerome recounts a bad dream that he had. In this dream he himself before the Lord and Judge. Angels were scourging him, saying: “You aren’t a Christian, you’re a Ciceronian!!” He finds fault with ecclesiastics who find too keen a pleasure in the reading of Virgil (ep 25).

Moving on, here is an enclosed garden with the Virgin and various saints.   I like the birds.

This is from southern Germany from around 1505/15.

A fine robbin and jay.

And who is this that is so close the the Virgin’s head?  It looks like our old pal the Christological Goldfinch!

A painting of a reading cleric  by Martinus Rørbye (+1848).  In the upper right you see the artist added “Subicaco” as being the place where it was painted.

Speaking of clerics, we then went to have lunch.  Manny’s on the south side.

I was much consoled, since where I live there is a plentiful lack of good Chinese and good deli.   The pastrami wasn’t up to the standard of Pastrami Queen in Manhattan, but it was good.

You know you are in Chicago when there is a table for David Axelrod in the place.

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How he should have responded to the “gotcha” question

I have mixed feelings about Gov. Scott Walker running for President.   It would be hard to lose him to the state I live in, because he is doing a cracker-jack job.   Time will tell.

Anyway, liberal newsies are already launching “gotcha” questions at the potential candidate.  Here is how The Blaze covered one.  I love the fictional response suggested by blogger Matt Walsh:

Many left wingers and Barack Obama sycophants are fainting over Gov. Scott Walker’s recent comments where he said doesn’t know if Obama is a Christian.

I disagree with Walker. I think we all know for sure Obama isn’t a Christian.

Of course, he only made this statement because some ridiculous reporter at the Washington Post thought it necessary and prudent to ask the governor of Wisconsin about the religious convictions of the president. The media that showed little interest in Obama’s religion during his presidential campaign have now discovered it as a relevant issue — relevant for Republican candidates, that is.

Obviously this was a trap question.

If Walker had said “yes,” then the headline would be something like, “Scott Walker Renounces Conservatism, Calls Obama a Wonderful, Godly Christian,” or if they went the other route, it would be, “Racist Scott Walker Assumes Obama Is a Christian Because He’s Black.”

But if Walker had said “no,” the headlines about his unseemly attack on the president’s faith would be automatic. And, it turns out, they were automatic even though he tried to take the middle road.

This should be a lesson to Republicans everywhere (then again, a million things a week should be lessons to Republicans, yet they don’t seem to learn). You never win, no matter what, under any circumstance, when the liberal media set out to trap you. It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it.

These are dishonest people, and dishonest people are notoriously unconcerned with what actually happens or what is actually said. The moment they put a camera in front of your face, you’re screwed.

So what can you do? Well, you can stow away in a cave and hope they never find you, but it can be difficult to run a campaign that way, so the next best strategy is to call them on their crap whenever given the opportunity.

The governor lightly scolded the reporter for playing games — progress, I suppose — but If I were him, I would have come down much, much harder.

Here, for the record, is the appropriate way to respond:

Do I think Obama is a Christian? Do I look like his biographer? Why not ask me his shoe size next? Maybe his preferred Sleep Number setting? Truly, sir, this line of questioning is the dumbest thing I’ve encountered since the last time I encountered a reporter from the Washington Post. Why in the name of all that is holy are you quizzing me about the president’s religion? Why don’t you quiz him? Oh, that’s right, you’re a groveling coward and a pathetic excuse for a journalist. You forget that you’re job is to get to the truth and enlighten the people, not to seek out Republicans for cheap gotcha moments. You, sir, are a fraud, a disgrace, and an embarrassment to what’s left of your dying profession. This president has prosecuted, spied on, and stifled the media, yet you still carry his water like a spineless vassal. Why don’t you shine his shoes while you’re at it? You should be questioning authority, not shielding it from scrutiny, you shameless hack. I will not legitimize you by answering this question. Instead, I will pray that the Holy Spirit sees fit to endow you with even a shred of integrity and courage, so that you might one day decide to do something that in some way resembles journalism. Until then, please leave my presence before I become physically ill. Thank you, sir, good night.

I’ll tell you one thing: the first candidate who says this to the media will have my vote.

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Not bad.

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I am in mourning. It’s the end of an era.

Special "Say The Black - Do The Red" Edition

Special “Say The Black – Do The Red” Edition

I am in mourning.

I received this from a reader today.

Bugatti Sells 450th and Last Veyron
It’s the end of an era

(Bloomberg) — Volkswagen AG sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built.
The last Veyron is an open-top Grand Sport Vitesse variant, which boasts 1,200 horsepower. The car, called La Finale, will be on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million) each, Molsheim, France-based Bugatti said Monday in a statement.
After buying the Bugatti brand in 1998, Volkswagen revived the carmaker, which was originally founded by designer Ettore Bugatti. The goal was to develop a vehicle both powerful enough to drive faster than 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour as well as stylish and comfortable enough for a trip to the opera. The Veyron was first presented in 2005 and is part of Volkswagen’s effort to show it can compete on all levels of the auto industry.

[…]

Sigh.

I guess I’ll have to watched the used market.

Meanwhile, I wonder if I should put wind deflectors on my VW.

Anyone?

7xv8mmv

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LENTCAzT 07: Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent.

Reminder: GO TO CONFESSION!

How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast 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/lentcazt15/07_lenctcazt2015.mp3

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

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