A bishop’s prayer petition for this Week of Christian Unity: for Catholics who want the Traditional Latin Mass

From Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI.

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Your Good News

Do you have good news for the readership today? Great things happening? Some victories or accomplishments? Clear movements and moments of grace?

There is so much bad news in the Church and the world right now, what with lunatic political office holders and shepherds determined to oppress their flocks. Let’s have some good news.

  • For my part, I made a couple of DX QSOs today using a rig remotely, which I haven’t done for a long time.  I tried to get Rodriguez Island but, no joy. But Italy and Slovakia boomed in.
  • I was victorious yesterday in a tough game in which I used the Albin Gambit.
  • The alstroemeria in the Two Trinities chapel has never been as nice.  I guess more time in the dark really helps them bloom and last longer.
  • A great text chat with a super-determined and faithful, traditional Catholic family man: they drive 2.5 hours each way with little kids for a Sunday SSPX Mass, because it is the closest TLM they have.
  • More Christmas cards came yesterday and there was a large donation to the TMSM.
  • I had supper with the local priest last night, which was very pleasant.
  • Tonight Dr. Royal’s very good online course on Augustine’s Confessions will continue. Worthwhile. New insights.
  • Some very useful things arrived from my amazon wishlist… there were no packing slips except in one box, so I am not sure whom to thank but… THANK YOU. These days I have been saying Mass for my benefactors almost every day. You are remembered by me and God knows who you are even when I am in the dark.
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17 Jan ’08 – Bobby Fischer

From Twitter…

Keep in mind that Fischer probably was received into the Catholic Church before he died.

Just… suggestin’

So, two childhood heros named Bobby.  One is still alive.

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New Anthology of Fulton Sheen about “The Greatest Commandment”

Soooo many books.  So little time.

I bring to your attention a new but old, nova sed vetera, book:

The Greatest Commandment: A Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love edited by Al Smith.

US HERE – UK HERE

(No matter what you are shopping for, please use my amazon affiliate links.  More important than ever.)

Right off the bat, looking at the Table of Contents and spot reading, this could provide good sources to combat critical race theory and the diabolical distortion of friendship that are same-sex “active” relationships.

The book is flawed in that there is no index, but the sections are pretty well systematic in their distinctions.  It is a little on giving complete citations, which is a lacuna.

How refreshing it is to spend some time with a mind like Fulton Sheen’s, his eloquence, even when it is coming through the pages of a book.

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Send Fr. Z your snail-mail 2021 CHRISTMAS CARDS! – UPDATE

UPDATE 17 Jan 2022:

A few more arrived today. *SNIFF*… I really enjoy these. Some of them are so joyful, especially from young families. Others have so many cares to share. I embrace them all. Thank you for sending.

Laveen, AZ
St. Louis, MO* (I am contemplating a trip there for to see the Cathedral and do chess stuff)
Lincolnshire, IL (nice card and “Volo” in Latin means, “I want, desire”). I want you to keep moving forward.
Mt. Horeb, WI (great letter and the kid art… I actually LOL’d)
Boise, ID* not Christmasy but thanks!
Atlanta, GA (yeah, I know – persevere)
Singapore (very cool, the other side of the world and here we are)
Syracuse, NY (Really sad, that. But we are all still breathing and we must be patient.)
Lancing, Sussex, England

UPDATE 13 Jan 2022:

This is a partial update because I misplaced a sheet whereupon I had written my notes for a large batch of cards that arrived about a week ago. In the meantime, here are a few more that came yesterday. And THAT batch had an interesting adventure. A bunch of cards were collected for me and sent by priority mail, with tracking. I was tracking it and it took two days longer than estimated to appear as “out for delivery”, which is annoying. However, about an hour before the deadline in my tracking notice yesterday evening, it was still, “out for delivery”. I checked a little later and it said, “Delivered”. So, out I go to find it. Nothing. Just at that moment, the postman pulls up around the corner with a delivery to another house. I know him a little because I chat with him when I can. Get to know your post carrier! I told him the problem. He scrunched up his face and said, “Gimme 15 minutes. I think I know where it is”. Sure enough, about 15 minutes later he knocks at the door with my two-day-late-almost-lost-priority-mailer with your Christmas cards.

So, misplacing seems to be the theme of this update…. and gratitude. THANK YOU for the great cards!

Marion, IN
Baldwin, NY*
Ave Maria, FL (several)
Calabras, CA
Perville, IL (nice)
Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Manchester, England (lovely)
Austell, GA
Rochester, MN
Falmouth, NS
NYC, NY (Chartreuse!)
Southwick, MA

And, of course, some kid art.

UPDATE 29 Dec 2021:

Another big wave came in. This time there was more kid art!

Indianapolis, IN
Wappingers Falls, NY
Thousand Oak, CA
Franklinville, NY
Savannah, GA
Saratoga Springs, NY*
Waltham, MA
Destrehan, LA
Harrisburg, PA
Coeur d’Alene, ID* (700! kudos)
Lewisville, NC
Fort Collins, CO*
Orlando, FL (happy!)
Footville, WI
Summit, NJ
Mesa, AZ
Ave Maria, FL
Roselle Park, NJ
Hamburg, NY*
Kenai, AK
Middleton, WI
Lincoln NE (huge family wedding pic!)
Kansas City, MO
Bethesda, MD*
Escondido, CA
Cudahy, WI* ($2 bill – fun)
Covina, CA (go to confession, indeed!)
Cincinnati, OH (stamps)
Tokyo, Japan
Mesa, AZ
S. St. Paul, MN
Austin, TX
Coldrerio, Switzerland
Bottesford, Lewis, Leicestershire*
Wichita, KS*
Scottsdale, AZ
Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia
Behtesda, MD
Cody, WY
Stamford, CT
Las Vegas, NV*
Akiston, ONT*
Arlington Heights, IL
Pisgah, NC
Loganville, GA
River Ridge, LA
Boise, ID
Lakeside, CA
Knoxville, TN
Lubec, ME (73!)

Some kid art.










UPDATE 29 Dec 2021:

Some have come through another address.

APO AE (Austria)
Platte City, MO
Albuquerque, NM
Manhattan, Beach, CA
Melbourne, Beach, FL
Lodi, WI (that wall and door looks familiar)
Beaumont, TX
Granville, OH (not sure what that is, but thanks)

UPDATE 27 Dec 2021:

Milton, WI
Arlington, VA
Brooklyn, WI
Lancaster, PA
Pasadena, MD
Plainfield, IL* (lovely note, thanks)
Iowa City, IA (Dear readers, pray for a miracle for J. through Ven. Samuel Mazzuchelli)
Lake Charles, LA
Bellingham, WA
Montgomery, AL*
Seaford, NY
Moosonee, ON
Maple Grove, MN* (thanks for the news, etc.)
Alexandria, VA*
Berkey. OH
Orlando, FL (good tip about the basketball)
Albuquerque, NM* (great tip about Fr Matteo d’Agnone, drop me a note about video Masses)
Houston, TX
Wading River, NY (nice card, cool stamp)
Chula Vista, CA (masses)
San Francisco, CA
Voorhees, NJ
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Ashford, Middlesex, England (nice stamps)
Monterey, CA
Fairfax, VA (Great news about your parents! I’m glad it worked out!)
Hollister, CA (excellent about TLM attendance)
New Hope, PA (lovely card)
Dallas, TX
Mt. Clemens, MI
Monterey, CA (related?)
Millersville, MD
?ierne K?a?any, Mati?ná – Slovakia (4 pages with a fountain pen, super!)

Wow… what a great batch of cards. It kept me reading for quite a bit of the afternoon.

My thanks to CK who is forwarding mail.

And I finally got kid pics:

And from Slovakia, the tail end of the handwritten missive – in very good English – and the card.

UPDATE 26 Dec 2021:

Kenai, AK
Helena, MT
Palmer, TX
Summit, NJ* (Thank you very much!)
Puerto Rico, (prayers for your 100 year old mother)
Palatine, IL (nice stamps)
Upper Brookville, NY
Mechanicsville, VA (Thanks for using Venmo)
Flushing, NY
Sydney, NS
Thaxon, VA
Louisville, KY
Woodstock, GA (masses!)
Columbia, SC* (thanks)
Kuna, ID
Howell, MI (stamps – I know!)
Germantown, TN* (thanks)
Rochester, MI (masses)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Brea, CA
Hudson, MA
Middleton, WI (73)
S. Euclid, OH (must visit again)
Kansas City, KS* (thanks)
Williston, FL
St. Mary, MO
Livingston, MT* (thanks)
Boca Raton FL

UPDATE 18 Dec 2021:

I received a batch of cards and a couple of small packages!

Åbo, Finland
Malone, NY*
Mounteagle, TX
Gravesend, Kent – TWO
Aurora, MO
Watervliet, NY
Vero Beach, FL
Fort Washington, MD (12 children!)
Dillsburg, PA (kids losing 1st tooth, cool)
Glenview, IL
Stockport, England
Plano, TX
Anchorage, AK
San Elizario, TX*
Fresno, CA
Orangeville, ON
New Orleans, LA
San Francisco, CA* (thank you!)
Greenville, SC* (thanks!)
Lost Nation, IA (could be the name of wider region)
Ashford, Kent (inspiring)
La Crescent, MN (lots o’ kids!)
Ourtanna, PA (masses)
Fultondale, AL
Depew, NY (book, thanks)
Mesa, AZ
Pierz, MN,
Montgomery, IL (book)
Shelton, CT
Houston, OH
Cody, WY
St. Louis. MO (I’ve been wanting a trip there for several reasons – never been)
Greendale, IN
York PA (son is a priest!)
Mission Viejo, CA

So far no little kid drawings.  I am sure that before the season is over, some will come.

Christmas season lasts for a while, after all!

UPDATE 11 Dec 2021:

I was forwarded a few more cards.

Boise, ID
Bronxville, NY
Oshkosh, WI (Thank you and 73)
W. Saint Paul, MN (Thank you for the Masses)

I know they are being collected and forwarded, but I think this year hasn’t been as cardy.

If you want some snailmail to get to me faster and with fewer intermediate steps, or you have something larger, drop me an email.  I might have a suggestion.

UPDATE 4 Dec 2021:

I am FINALLY getting some Christmas cards forwarded via snail mail!

Delmar, NY*
Melbourne Beach, FL*
Winter Garden, FL* (not sure if this was for Christmas or not, but I’ll count it)
Arbor Vitae, WI*
Cody, WY* (again, not Christmasy, but…)
Mokena, IL (good news about attendance)

That’s it so far.

I’m hoping for a lot more.   They will have to come in waves, since they are being collected and sent on.  Sorry about the delay!

 


Originally Published on: Nov 24, 2021

 

If you would like to send me Christmas greetings or cards, please send by snail mail, if possible with really cool stamps.

Remember mail?

I always enjoy your Christmas cards.  The notes and letters which describe the year people have had are interesting and, often, moving.  I read them all.

And drawings by kids are a hoot.

As I have done in years past, I’ll try to post all the places whence they were mailed from around the world.  Keep in mind that if you don’t include your address, at least your city, I can’t easily do that.

I have a US PO BOX address.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603

That is the P.O. Box of the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison

Someone will regularly check the P.O. box for me and forward everything.  That will add a little time to how long it takes to reach me.

If you want to send a box, something time sensitive, or perhaps expensive – like keys to a Bugatti – contact me. HERE   We might be able to find you a faster address!

Please DO NOT send perishable food items. I am sure they would be wonderful but, please, just don’t.

If you put glitter in the card, I’ll recite the Maledictory Psalms against you.  Really.  I will.

If  I receive something threatening or illegal, I will immediately turn it in to law enforcement.  I’m sorry I have to write that under such a cheery topic, but this is the world we live in, especially in this dreadful year of 2021 with the craziness going on.

 

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Cupich’s war on Catholics continues: a Chicago pastor speaks up – UPDATED with tweet from Bp. Strickland @Bishopoftyler

UPDATE 17 Jan 2022:

The thugs got busy.

UPDATE 16 Jan 2022:

God bless Bp. Strickland.


Originally Published on: Jan 14, 2022

You must read something posted on the website of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the increasingly unfortunate Archdiocese of Chicago.

The pastor of St. SK has written an open letter to the Auxiliary Bp. who is charged with their deanery.

St. Stanislaus Kostka was once one of the largest parishes in the world, serving especially immigrant Poles in great numbers on the north side of Chicago.

The initial point of the pastor’s letter has to do with the attempt of Card. Cupich to forbid – mainly by bullying, not by legitimate law – ad orientem worship, despite earlier clarifications from CDW and in the rubrics themselves, not to mention the custom of centuries and the examples of recent Popes.   Bishops may be the overseers of liturgy, but they are not its tyrants or masters, who can do as they please from high atop the thing.

So, the following letter starts with ad orientem worship, but says a lot more.

With due respect to the pastor of St. SK, here’s the whole thing:  My emphases.


Dear Friends,

Please take note of the following letter. This is in regard to the prohibition of “Ad Orientem” in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

God Bless You,

Fr. Anthony Bus C.R., pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka

Letter to Bishop Lombardo
[Auxiliary Bp. in Chicago, tasked with that Deanery of the Archdiocese.  I note in his wiki page that, in his journey, he did not study in Rome at any point.  I don’t think that any of the auxiliaries rustled up under Cupich studies in Rome. Correct me if I am wrong.]

January 13, 2022

Dear Bishop Lombardo,

Thank you for consulting the Archbishop regarding my request for permission to offer the Holy Sacrifice, “Ad Orientem.” I will comply with his directive that this is forbidden in his Archdiocese.

Even so, the Archbishop does not provide evidence that “Ad Orientem” was abrogated at the Second Vatican Council. As I read Sacrosanctum Concilium and the Roman Missal the implication is “Ad Orientem” was not abolished or prohibited – on the contrary.

Liturgists, prelates, priests, and religious had a glorious time after the Council, taking liberties to “change the face of the Church.” I recall as a young teenager in Florida when a priest from Chicago came to our beautiful parish as its new pastor. He right away “renovated” the church into what looked more Baptist than Catholic. In those days, Baptists had strange notions of the Catholic faith, but they loved our beautiful churches. I think they were as shocked as we were at what became of our parish church. As a teenager, the Church I loved very much turned upside down and through my young mind, lost all relevancy – it seemed to just disappear. Like so many others I turned away from the faith even though I had always felt a deep-seated call to the priesthood. My return to the faith only came years later and that’s a whole other story.

As I mentioned in a previous email to you, even though I intuitively knew by the grace of God that something’s been amiss in the reform of the Sacred Liturgy, the depth and richness in the writings of Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sarah became for me the key that unlocked the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice and the mystery of the ministerial priesthood, In Persona Christi. I believe their writings and expositions hold the key to the reform of the Sacred Liturgy and the priesthood.

It’s no wonder why the young are drawn to those who hold to Sacred Tradition in worship and in life. If the Church’s agenda is to Protestantism or make herself acceptable to the world, she’s been effective and thus, one can explain in part, the mass apostasy from the Catholic faith on the part of priests, religious, and laity alike. The faith of the Ancients of Old, is discarded for what’s been called Moral Therapeutic Deism. One doesn’t need the Church or Christ if it’s just about feeling good.

Again, as I’ve suggested in previous emails to you, there’s a point when the constant chiding of the Holy Father, that we are “demented, rigid, or hiding some sickness” because we hold to what has been handed down to us, wanting to remain Catholic in solidarity with our ancestors who heroically and courageously defended the faith in times of persecution, cause us to turn a deaf ear to his exhortations. In reality, we can’t help but listen because he is the successor of Peter.

Indeed, we are passing through a time of persecution. Do we go the way of Jesus Christ or do we accommodate and compromise our faith in deference to the world?

The Holy Mass is the renewal of our fiat – a renewal of our covenant with the Lord and His Mystical Body. Therefore our primary participation in the Holy Mass and the renewal of our sacred covenant to the Lord is that we offer ourselves “a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God our spiritual worship,” quoting St. Paul. We do this in union with the sacrifice of Jesus, for Jesus, through Jesus, and in Jesus – to the glory of the Father. The Sacred Mysteries offered, “Ad Orientem” facilitates this so beautifully in preparation for Holy Communion, and always in anticipation of the Lord’s coming at the end of all things.

Forgive me Bishop Lombardo if I’m sharing with you things you already know, I just need to unburden my heart of the pain I feel at what is happening in the Church. Many faithful Catholics are being cruelly demoralized – thrown into confusion, which is something the Pope admittedly takes joy in, and are purposefully being pushed to the fringe. There will be no place for our voices in the so called “Synod on Synodality.” This is something we know for certain. I don’t mean to be offensive, but my words come from a place of having been offended over and over again for far too long. I speak for many because I listen to many who are away from the faith or trying hard to hold to the faith.

These are strange times, no doubt. I entrust us all to the benevolent and gracious love of the Blessed Virgin Mary – she is not frozen in the pages of Sacred Scripture and continues to fulfill the will of God – a prophetic presence for the time in which we live.

Again, as always, thank you for hearing me out. Be assured of my prayers for you and all who hold the lofty office of successors of the Apostles, governing, sanctifying, and prophetically leading the Lord’s flock entrusted to the care of their pastors.

As Pope Benedict said, “The false deities will be unmasked through the suffering faith of simple believers.” Pope Francis said, he wants, not a new Church, but a different Church. The Church is Christ’s Church. One wonders what he means by this or why his mercy is shown to some while disdain is shown to others. I don’t mean to end on a sour note, but I can’t resist this. The Church is in need of renewal and reform in every generation as the Council states. Perhaps the “surprise of the Spirit” will undo the harm that’s been done and bring us back to our identity as members of the Mystical Body of Christ as opposed to mere Global Citizens where man/woman are the central protagonists to the unfolding of a New World Order. The governments and corporate elites of the world along with the Pope and some Prelates are quite open to accepting this frightening reality. Perhaps this will hasten the coming of the Lord.

Again, thanks for hearing me out Bishop Lombardo! I do appreciate it.

God bless you always,

Fr. Anthony


It’s okay in Chicago to have pagan ceremonies.  HERE

It’s okay in Chicago to have sacrilegious “masses”.   HERE

It’s not okay to pray the St. Michael Prayer after Mass.  HERE

Tyranny must be resisted.

I suspect that some of the resistance in Chicago will be handled Chicago style, which could involved less than passive voices being raised as they recently were at a pro-life rally.  HERE

The great theologian and liturgist Klaus Gamber commented that of all the things perpetrated in the name of the Council, the most damaging was the turning about of altars, the shifting of Mass versus populum.

We need to return to ad orientem worship.   This, along with phasing out Communion in the hand, would be two of the most important course corrections that could save the Church in these USA.

Of course this should be done with catechesis, explanations.  The preparation doesn’t have to be exaggerated, but the terrain has to be prepared.   There will always be a few who squawk, but they are more than likely the sort of person who is happy only when she is unhappy.

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Vetus Ordo – Viganò – VIDEO

At Rumble – HERE – there is a longish and passionate video from 2 Jan ’22 in English with transcript by Archbp Carlo Maria Viganò, once Nuncio in these USA, then targeted for cancelation by the powers-that-be for knowing too much and being willing to tell what he knows.

I found his description of his rediscovery of the Traditional Latin Mass to be quite moving. It is fully consistent with what many young priests relate about learning the TLM and saying it for the first time. Moreover, it is harmonious with the thoughts of priests who have to also celebrate the Novus Ordo after having gotten comfortable with the Vetus Ordo.

Here are a few excerpts.

[…]

It was then that that blessed segregation, which today I consider as a sort of monastic choice, led me to rediscover the Holy Tridentine Mass. I recall very well the day when, instead of the chasuble, I put on the traditional vestments with the Ambrosian cappino and the maniple. I recall the fear that I felt in pronouncing, after almost fifty years, those prayers of the Missal that re-emerged from my mouth as if I had just recited them shortly before. Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus, in the place of the Psalm Judica me, Deus of the Roman Rite. Munda cor meum ac labia mea. These words were no longer the words of the altar boy or the young seminarian, but the words of the celebrant, of I who once again, I would dare say for the first time, celebrated before the Most Holy Trinity. Because while it is true that the Priest is a person who lives essentially for others – for God and for his neighbor – it is equally true that if he does not have the awareness of his own identity and has not cultivated his own holiness, his apostolate is sterile like the clanging cymbal.

I know well that these reflections can leave those who have never had the grace of celebrating the Mass of all time unmoved, or even arouse condescension. But the same thing happens, I imagine, for those who have never fallen in love and who do not understand the enthusiasm and the chaste transport of the beloved towards his beloved, or for those who do not know the joy of getting lost in her eyes. The dull Roman liturgist, the Prelate with his tailored clerical suit and his pectoral cross in his pocket, the consultor of the Roman Congregation with the latest copy of Concilium or Civiltà Cattolica in plain sight, looks at the Mass of Saint Pius V with the eyes of an entomologist (the science that studies insects), scrutinizing that pericope just as a naturalist observes the veins of a leaf or the wings of a butterfly. Indeed, I sometimes wonder if they don’t do it with the asepticity of the pathologist who cuts open a living body with a scalpel. But if a priest with a minimum of interior life approaches the ancient Mass, regardless of whether he has ever known it before or is discovering it for the first time, he is deeply moved by the composed majesty of the rite, as if he has stepped out of time and entered the eternity of God.

What I would like to make my brothers in the Episcopate and the Priesthood understand is that that Mass is intrinsically divine, because one perceives the sacred in a visceral way: one is literally taken up into heaven, into the presence of the Most Holy Trinity and the celestial Court, far from the clamor of the world. It is a love song, in which the repetition of the signs, the reverences, and the sacred words is not in any way useless, just as a mother never tires of kissing her son, or a bride never tires of saying, “I love you” to her husband. Everything is forgotten there, because all that is said and sung in it is eternal, all the gestures that are performed there are perennial, outside of history, yet immersed in a continuum that unites the Cenacle, Calvary, and the altar on which the Mass is celebrated.

[…]

I would like my confreres to dare to do the unthinkable: I would like them to approach the Holy Tridentine Mass not so as to be pleased with the lace of an alb or with the embroidery of a chasuble, or because of a mere rational conviction about its canonical legitimacy or about the fact that it has never been abolished; but rather with the reverential fear with which Moses approached the burning bush: knowing that each one of us, upon coming down from the altar after the Last Gospel, is in some way interiorly transfigured because there he has encountered the Holy of Holies. It is only there, on that mystical Sinai, that we can understand the very essence of our Priesthood, which is the giving of Oneself to God, above all; an oblation of all of himself together with Christ the Victim, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls; a spiritual sacrifice which draws strength and vigor from the Mass; self-renunciation in order to make way for the High Priest; a sign of true humility, in the annihilation of one’s own will and abandonment to the will of the Father, following the Lord’s example; a gesture of authentic “communion” with the Saints, in the sharing of the same profession of faith and the same rite. And I would like not only those who have celebrated the Novus Ordo for decades to have this “experience,” but above all the young priests and those who carry out their ministry in the front line: the Mass of Saint Pius V is for indomitable spirits, for generous and heroic souls, for hearts burning with Charity for God and one’s neighbor.

[…]

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio – #ZedNet reminder – 16 January ’22

Fellow hams, here’s a reminder about ZedNet for Sunday 16 January ’22 – evening at 2000h EST. (0100h ZULU Monday).

We now have the site running:  http://zednet.xyz

Zednet exists on the…

  • Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, and 83466 which is cross-linked to
  • Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429 (More HERE)
  • Echolink  WB0YLE-R

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

Want to get involved? WB0YLE provided a Bill Of Materials, with links, for what you need. HERE  THIS WAS UPDATED on 22 March 2021

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Novus Ordo: 2nd Ordinary)

We are in green vestments again.  My thanks to the reader who donated the fantastic set I used today.  I pray for you every time I use it.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Masses for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Novus Ordo: 2nd Ordinary Sunday).

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or news?

Those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for Christmas – HERE

 

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WDTPRS: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Novus Ordo: 2nd Ordinary): a “liturgical unicorn”

COVID-1984 (aka the cursed Wuhan Devil)
Media lies and political collaboration
Mass psychosis formation
Suppression of freedoms
Open persecution of traditional Catholics
Cancel culture in the Church

I can’t think of a time when it was more important to beg God for mercy and aid, now.

In the post-Conciliar calendar, it’s again the Time called “Ordinary”, which is “ordered” not “unexceptional”.  We might say also, “sequential”.

In the traditional calendar of the Extraordinary Form, this is the “Time through the year”, divided into time after Epiphany and time after Pentecost. However, this terminology, “Tempus per annum … time through the year”, remained also in the Novus Ordo calendar.

Ordinary Time embraces the sacral cycle of Lent and Eastertide like bookends and stretches from the adoration of the heavenly infant King by earthly kings to the Solemnity of Christ the King who will come as Judge to separate the tares from the wheat and usher in the unending reign of peace.

This Sunday is what I call a “liturgical unicorn”.  It is rare.  The Collects are the same and, in one year (only), the Gospel is the same (the wedding at Cana).

This Sunday’s Collect, for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, is also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the Second Sunday after Epiphany.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui caelestia simul et terrena moderaris, supplicationibus populi tui clementer exaudi, et pacem tuam nostris concede temporibus.

We often ask when we pray in Latin that God will pay attention, usually by “hearing” us. Exaudio signifies “listen to” in the sense of “perceive clearly.” The imperative exaudi is more urgent than a simple audi (the imperative of audio, not the car). Think of the beginning of one of our Litanies: “Christe audi nos… Christe exaudi nos…” often translated as “Christ hear us… Christ graciously hear us.”

For the ancient Romans a supplicatio was a solemn religious ceremony in thanksgiving for a victory or prayer in the face of danger. It is related to supplex, an adjective for the position of a beggar, on bended knees or prostration.

Tempus obviously means “time”. It also means “the appointed time, the right season, an opportunity (Greek kairos)”. Tempus gives us “temporal”, that is, worldly or earthly things, material things, as opposed to sacred, eternal or spiritual. Plural tempora can also mean the “temples” of our heads, as well as “the times”, our “state of affairs”.

LITERAL RENDERING:
Almighty eternal God, who at the same time do govern things heavenly and earthly, mercifully hearken to the supplications of Your people, and in our temporal affairs grant Your peace.

Lest we forget…

OBSOLETE ICEL (1973):
Father of heaven and earth,
hear our prayers, and show us the way
to peace in the world
.

Really?

CURRENT ICEL (2011):
Almighty ever-living God,
who govern all things,
both in heaven and on earth,
mercifully hear the pleading of your people
and bestow your peace on our times.

We beg God, omnipotent sempiternal disposer of all things, for peace in our temporal affairs here and now, not just later in heaven. We do not want just any peace. We want the peace which comes from Him.

Christ said:

“Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled: nor let it be afraid” (John 14:27 DR).

Christians are confident. Christ will give us His peace. He said so.

But He won’t force peace on us.

The temporal peace the world offers and the peace that God bestows are different, though they can be harmonized when the temporal is subordinated to the heavenly.

The goods (and ills) of this world are passing and fragile, always susceptible to loss. The goods of heaven are enduring and dependable.

No finite, passing, created thing or person can provide lasting joy or eternal peace: they will be lost through theft and wear, time and death.

Our wealth, family, health, appearance and reputation can be lost in the blink of an eye.

Sigh.  I am going through that right now, as a matter of fact.

To put a creature in God’s place is foolhardy idolatry and a sin. Love God, above all. Practice making His will your own. As Piccarda tells Dante in the Divine Comedy,

“In His will is our peace. It is that sea to which all things move, both what it creates and what nature makes” (Par 3.85).

God knew each one of us outside of time, before the creation of both the visible and invisible universe. He called us into existence at a precise moment in His eternal plan. He gives us all something to do in His plan together with the talents and graces to do it. When we cooperate with Him, submit our wills to His, make His plan for us our own, God then makes us strong enough to carry it out. God knows our needs better than we do. Turn confidently to Him in prayer. Ask Him for the graces, and with them peace, which He alone can give.

Sin shatters His peace. Peace can be regained in the Sacrament of Penance.

We ask God to bless us in this new year of salvation. Let us beg Him to give aid to all who suffer.  Let us beg Him to give aid to all who cause suffering.

With bent knees and with foreheads to the ground, bodies and wills both bent in supplication, beg His graces and His peace.

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Sat 15 Jan – CHICAGOLAND ALERT: Rosary Rally – SaveTheLatinMass.ORG

I received this note:

CHICAGO ROSARY RALLY
Holy Name Cathedral
11:30 AM
SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Please help get this out to people in the Chicago area. These rallies are building resistance to Cupich’s crackdown.

You can bet all the bishops are watching closely to see if he gets away with it.

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I just saw an interesting movie called “Don’t Look Up”.  Metaphor for what’s up in the Church right now?

I just saw an interesting movie called “Don’t Look Up”.  The central idea is that there is a massive, planet killing comet on a collision course with Earth and by the time this global extinction fact penetrates the fog of today’s distracted collective social-media and comfort addled idiocy, it’s pretty much too late to do anything about it despite the efforts of the deeply flawed but earnest central characters.

I’ll get some blah blah out of the way here.  There’s bad language, sinful behavior, and some coldly unappealing nudity with a rather darkly comic results.  Sounds like much of the fallen human condition.

What’s my point?

I couldn’t help as I watched, looking past the facile subtext that it’s global warming that’s the killer comet and that the real bad guys are … guess which political party (with a couple of distracting rattles of the keys and pointings at a squirrel or two just to keep you guessing) … that the movie could be a metaphor for what is going on in the Church.

There is, as I call it, a demographic sink hole opening up under the Church, accelerated now by prelatial malfeasance and supine cringing before COVID-1984 and woke-virtue signaling.

We are in a world nearly totally dominated by a few, now.  Long prepared by the slowly chugging engine of leftist ideology through academia (thank you Gramsci), rendering several generations now incapable of finding their way out of a dark room with an EXIT light over the door, there is now a near perfect storm of social-media, a certain political party with atheistic materialist underpinnings, the MSM, the entertainment industry and big pharma, etc. etc. etc.

And the Church?

I maintain, and I will continue to maintain, that we are our rites.  (There’s a poignant haunting reminder of that close to the end, but I really hate to give spoilers.  WARNING: There will have to be some, through the combox.)

For decades, our rites have been undermined.

Now, in the most open and blatant way possible, those who have sold out our brethren to the CCP, which also happens to be ground zero for a certain virus, and who have fawned over the likes of Paul Erich and Jeffrey Sachs, whose messaging seems to condone things expressly forbidden by God in unmistakable divine revelation, are attacking not only our cherished rites, held as sacred for centuries, but also the people who desire them.

Thus, I return to the movie I just saw and its chillingly familiar treatment of those who raised awareness of the oncoming threat.

Your thoughts on this movie and my nudge of it out of the puerile sphere of climate change ideology and political smearing towards being a metaphor for what’s going on in the Church would be illuminating.

A key element is that there are concrete signs that the comet really is coming, but people are too distracted to pay attention and allow the ramifications to sink in.  Then, when the comet becomes visible in the sky, and the people doing the warning are saying “Just Look Up!”, those fighting back, with down-arrow pins fight back with “Don’t Look Up!”

It’s like… trying to preserve the perfect storm of Immanentism 2.0 that grips the majority of Catholics (a huge percentage of whom don’t believe in transsubstantiation).  Gotta keep Communion in the hand going at all costs lest people think about what they are doing.

It’s like… trying to forbid ad orientem worship because you can’t allow a sliver of the transcendent into that immanentist closed circle.  Gotta keep the priest distracted by being the “host” and everything resting on him in the liturgical action, everyone with the distraction of eye contact that shields people from having to spend time in their own skull.

It’s like … attacking the Traditional Latin Mass lest anyone sense the need for propitiation, understand the urgency of a thorough examen, have a concern for the Four Last Things.  Gotta keep everything chipper even though… there’s a comet… a sink hole… and it is not going to stop.

This is a bit of a downer, I suppose.  But a wise bishop once gave me the perfect answers to my two questions.  First, what is the state of the Church?  “Terrible!”, he growled.  Next, what do we have to do to turn things around?  “The first thing we have to do,” he rumbled, “is stop blowing sunshine up everyone’s….”

Hence, my comparison with the movie, entitled “Don’t Look Up” with it’s politically correct and facile dimensions, and yet powerful depiction of the state of play in our society (Church) today.

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Alice von Hildebrand, 98. Requiescat in pace.

In your kindness, please pray for the repose of the soul of Alice von Hildebrand who died today, 14 January 2022, at the age of 98.  HERE

She was a great lady of great faith and an inspiration for many decades.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace. Amen.

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Today’s Fervorino… there was a buffering problem and part was cut off.

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