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Paratum cor meum, Deus, paratum cor meum.

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It would appear that my diocesan brothers have me pegged as a weirdo.

They are to be praised for their good judgement.  =)

So my great grandma’s crucifix fell off the wall


And apparently it slides open and there’s candles and a Latin pamphlet. I think its for when the priest does the blessing of the sick, or the last rights. But three pages in, there is a pentagram. What the heck!?  

It’s called a sick call set, and it’s for exactly this.

Dunno about the pentagram.  That’s weird.

The Kalam Cosmological Argument.

Mr. FALLON: I don’t go to – I tried togo back. When I was out in L.A. and I was kind of struggling for a bit. I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too… There’s a band. There’s a band there now, and you got to, you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that. You know, I mean, it used to be the shaking hands piece was the only time you touched each other.


(Speaking) I’m doing too much. I don’t want – there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go, ‘This is too much for me.’ I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass, and the grotto, and just like straight up, just Mass Mass.

Jimmy Fallon, on the liturgical scene in LA.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is why liturgy is important.  It’s not about you - it’s about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Great and exciting news...



These are the emails that I absolutely dread to see. For some reason, whenever a seminarian of my diocese leaves the formation program, the emails are always titled “Great and exciting news”. No. It is most assuredly not great and exciting news. It is a new direction, it is an end to discernment,…

The optimist in me tries to see this as a See being spared men who shouldn’t have become priests. There’s a LOT of priests in the US who never should have gotten INTO seminary, let alone out of it…

Oh, I don’t disagree with you.  If you have no vocation, then out with you.  Still, it is neither great nor exciting that you are leaving.  Don’t get me wrong - I didn’t mean my post as though to say “IT’S TERRIBLE AND NOBODY SHOULD EVER WANT TO LEAVE SEMINARY”.  I just mean that by ruling out seminary, you aren’t ruling IN something else.  Those emails aren’t saying “EXCITING NEWS:  I left my boring desk job to become a professional roller coaster test engineer!”….  they’re saying “EXCITING NEWS:  I’ve made a major life change and have absolutely no idea what’s next.”  That’s not exciting.  That’s intimidating.  What they should say is “I’ve ruled out one vocation, and am now faced with a litany of questions along the line of ‘What now?’.  I’ve valued my time with you all, and beg your prayers as I make the transition back into the world.”  That would demonstrate a great deal of humility, and most importantly - it would be real.

Many seminarians sacrifice a great deal to be here.  One gentleman came here with next to nothing because he had been disowned by his family.  He discerned out, and left here with nothing.  Thanks be to God a benefactor found him a car and took him into their home for a few months while he got on his feet….  but would you like to guess how HE worded his email?  ”Exciting news!”  What that man needed was prayer, and he robbed himself of that opportunity by trying to pretend that the transition back was something wonderful and exciting.

This last guy is leaving after six years in formation.  That’s going to be a difficult transition for him.  It’s quite something to go from living in community with a whole bunch of guys with a busy schedule…  to a job and an empty apartment.  Starting over is tough…

Great and exciting news…

These are the emails that I absolutely dread to see.  For some reason, whenever a seminarian of my diocese leaves the formation program, the emails are always titled “Great and exciting news”.  No.  It is most assuredly not great and exciting news.  It is a new direction, it is an end to discernment, all of these things are true.  But in nobody’s vocabulary is the departure of someone from seminary a great or exciting thing.

This diocese is hemorrhaging seminarians, it seems.  That is also neither great, nor exciting. 

Signal boost for a friend.

A friend of mine is giving a talk at the LA Religious Education Congress on the New Evangelization and unmet needs in the parish.  She also happens to be soliciting input.  This is a spectacular opportunity to be heard by a large number of catechists and other laypeople who may then go into their parishes and implement the changes they hear.

She is soliciting one to two minute video responses.  Let’s flood her inbox.  We need an outlet to let our message heard by the masses, and she’s got an outlet in need of a message.

Let’s do this.

Sarah Reinhard:  What do you want from your parish?

An excerpt from The Dogma of Hell.

In the year 1707, St. Francis Jerome was preaching, as was his wont, in the neighborhood of the city of Naples. He was speaking of Hell and the awful chastisements that await obstinate sinners. A brazen courtesan (prostitute) who lived there, troubled by a discourse which aroused her remorse, sought to hinder it by jests and shouts, accompanied by noisy instruments. As she was standing close to the window, the Saint cried out: “Beware, my daughter, of resisting grace; before eight days God will punish you.” The unhappy creature grew only more boisterous. Eight days elapsed, and the holy preacher happened to be again before the same house. This time she was silent; the windows were shut. The hearers, with dismay on their faces, told the Saint that Catharine (that was the name of the bad woman) had a few hours before died suddenly. “Died!” he repeated. “Well, let her tell us now what she has gained by laughing at Hell. Let us ask her.” He uttered these words in an inspired tone, and everyone expected a miracle. Followed by an immense crowd, he went up to the death chamber, and there, after having prayed for an instant, he uncovered the face of the corpse, and said in a loud voice, “Catharine, tell us where art thou now .” At this summons, the dead woman lifted her head while opening her wild eyes; her face borrowed color, her features assumed an expression of horrible despair, and in a mournful voice, she pronounced these words: “In Hell; I am in Hell.” 

And immediately, she fell back again into the condition of a corpse. “I was present at that event,” says one of the witnesses who deposed before the Apostolic tribunal, “but I never could convey the impression it produced on me and the bystanders, nor that which I still feel every time I pass that house and look at that window . At the sight of that ill-fated abode, I still hear the pitiful cry resounding: “In Hell; I am in Hell.” (Father Bach, Life of St. Francis Jerome.)

Schouppe S.J., Rev. Fr. F. X. (2013-08-01). The Dogma of Hell (with Supplemental Reading: What Will Hell Be Like?) [Illustrated] (Kindle Locations 116-127). TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

Professio fidei Tridentina

Hat tip to Fr. Z.

The “Professio fidei Tridentina”, also known as the “Creed of Pope Pius IV”, is one of the four authoritative Creeds of the Catholic Church.

I, N, with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which the Holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit:

I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. And one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Apostolic and Ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of that same Church I firmly admit to and embrace.

I also accept the Holy Scripture according to that sense which holy mother the Church hath held, and doth hold, and to whom it belongeth to judge the true sense and interpretations of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.

I also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all are necessary for everyone; to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege. I also receive and admit the accepted and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.

I embrace and accept each and everything which has been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification.

I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that a conversion takes place of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, which conversion the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either species alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.

I steadfastly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Likewise, that the saints, reigning together with Christ, are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated. I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be kept and retained, and that due honor and veneration is to be given them.

I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and teacher of all churches; and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, and general Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent, and by the ecumenical Council of the Vatican, particularly concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching. I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church hath condemned, rejected, and anathematized.

This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, I do so profess and swear to maintain inviolate and with firm constancy with the help of God until the last breath of life. And I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and professed by all those over whom I have charge. I N. do so pledge, promise, and swear, so help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.

2horse asked:

I think maybe I broke the respond feature on your post by trying to send a link. At our parish we use the prayers on page 28 of the Knights of the Altar handbook, which can be found easily as a pdf through Google. If you would like, I made prayer cards with this prayer using a photo I found online and a pretty font . I'd be willing to send you a copy of the files if you sent an e-mail. I've also seen this prayer on cards for sale online. Hope this helps :)

It seemed to work quite fine for me. (Link, for those interested.  Look on page 28.)  That’s an interesting prayer, because it seems to be built on top of the old prayer that you used to pray before the Divine Office.  It’s the direction I was thinking of going if I had to write my own. It’s good to know other people thought the same thing; it’s a good prayer which covers a lot of bases.

Thank you very much for your kindness, in sharing that link with me.  

A prayer for young altar servers.

I am looking for a prayer that I might encourage our young (8-10) altar servers to pray before Mass to help them focus on our Lord, and to serve with the right disposition.

I’ve yet to find one, and before I think about composing one, I thought that I might ask all of you kind folks.  Can anybody suggest an appropriate prayer that I might train our altar server corps to pray before Mass?

That last bit…

… about superman stopping a locomotive?  That was almost prophetic.  Except it was more like a chipmunk trying to stop a locomotive.

We’ll see.  God’s will be done.

On the bright side, I’m inspired to start writing about spiritual things again.  I have to study tonight for classes tomorrow, but maybe I’ll have my first post up again on the weekend.

Not that I don’t have a plethora of writing notes to go from in my Evernote.