Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why I Skipped My 20 Year High School Reunion

Yup it is 20 years since I graduated high school.  I swear the 10 year reunion that I skipped feels like it was just 2 or 3 years ago!  I strongly considered going but after following the Fakebook group for almost a year I know skipping it was the right decision.  Only a few of my former friends attended and looking back they were not good friends.  I literally had nothing better to do that day but it was very empowering to stay home instead - because my life is so much bigger than K thru 12 and clearly anyone who I admired agreed.

The Humbling Effect of Unrealistic Expectations

Because I choose to worship God almighty via the Traditional Latin Mass does not make me a living saint. I have been presented with the truth of the One True Faith and I accept it as brilliant, compassionate, and completely fulfilling - full of Truth.  But as a Catholic I am still highly susceptible to my concupiscence. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

The Traditional Latin Mass Is Not For Me

Empty churches and closing schools are the norm for the Catholic Church these days.  Gimmicks like Vacation Bible School (VBS) or protestant evangelization programs (ALPHA) do nothing to prevent most Catholic children from turning into apostates as adults.

Recently a woman told me she and her husband attended mass regularly, paid for 12 years of Catholic education for her two children, and one was even active in the parish youth group growing up. She lamented how both are apostates now but she isn't sure what else could have been done? 

My suggestion that returning to traditional practices including the Traditional Latin Mass branded me a "Pharisee".  But why?  I spent more than 20 years in the Vatican II Novus Ordo world and I lamented over the loss of faith among my friends and family!  So when I finally had enough God answered my prayers and I discovered all that existed before Vatican II.

After more than 10 years of praying the Traditional Latin Mass  I can truly say that my life has been transformed in a way that it otherwise never would have.  I have 6 children now and it's because of.. dare I say.. my traditional Catholic faith.  Central to this faith is being pro-life and upholding Catholic teaching on sex and marriage.  Anyone who upholds these hard teachings understands what I am saying, the rest honestly cannot relate.

The consequences of rejecting Church teaching (Christ's teachings) are legion.  Who knows if this women suffered from infertility or if modernist ideas malformed her Catholic faith?  Yet she soundly rejected all things prior to Vatican II for herself and expressed no recognition that any of the nonsense from the last 50+ years was to blame - despite her children's loss of faith.  

When I was younger I never would have said the Novus Ordo was not for me.  It was all that I knew and I was thoroughly propagandized against pre-Vatican II beliefs.  But I spent decades in the Vatican II Novus Ordo church, and I have seen the bad fruits - the loss of faith among my friends and family.  I asked God what else could be done?  His answer was the Traditional Latin Mass.

After 10+ years of TLM worship I still thank God almighty for opening my eyes and allowing me to recognize Catholicism in the TLM like it cannot be found elsewhere.  I had no choice for more than 20 years and I endured the Novus Ordo at times with much doubt.  So before you tell me the Traditional Latin Mass is not for you, realize that decades of comparison carry far more weight. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Babies & Toddlers At Holy Mass

A parish with no crying is a parish that is dying.  Personally I could care less what someone without any children thinks about how distracting my children are during Holy Mass.  My wife and I do our best to keep the little ones in line and the baby goes to the back if he starts crying.  What I have learned over the years is that my children are not that distracting and bringing them every Sunday is the right decision.

I used to marvel at how a family of 6+ children could manage to sit quietly in the front pews during the long quiet Latin Mass.  In Novus Ordo land the front pews were mostly empty.  I would like to pretend that the large families sat in back but honestly I did not see families with more than 3 or 4 kids when I was younger - maybe they were leaving the babies and toddlers with the grandparents!?  Either way no example existed in my life for what to do or what to expect. 

Now I have 6 children going to Holy Mass every Sunday and for the most part they behave.  Long gone are the days of dragging the 3 year old back into the pew.  Long gone are the days of dragging the 5 year old to the stairwell for a stern talking to.  The older children set the example for the younger ones it seems and we as parents have done this before.  We don't always get to pray all of Holy Mass, the kids don't always behave.. but they do most of the time now.

Like most Catholics we sit in the same spot every Sunday.  We are surrounded by other younger large families with young children.  I never notice their kids crying or misbehaving - though I know they do cry and misbehave!  When the kids in front of me start bouncing around it makes me smile, I don't let it upset me.  The idea that disruptive children ruin Holy Mass seems to be a modernist error.  Holy Mass is not all about me, sometimes I don't get to pray, sometimes I leave embarrassed and frustrated, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

One Mass Away From SSPX

In my diocese there are two choices for those who seek the Traditional Latin Mass.  Either you venture into the inner city for Holy Mass at the diocesan indult parish, or you travel to the outskirts of town to the SSPX chapel.  Really there is only once choice if one wishes to be a member of a diocesan parish, but we are all one Mass away from the SSPX.

Recently I read a blog post at Unam Sanctum Catholicam where two anonymous priests complained about rigid traditionalist Catholics who would not become members of their parishes and who were generally more trouble than they were worth according to these priests - each of whom made multiple excuses for why they did not want to offer the TLM.

Is it pastoral to deny Catholics the Latin Mass though?  If my parish stopped providing the Latin Mass as it has for the past 25+ years I would immediately drive to the SSPX chapel which is 20 minutes farther away.  I am lucky that I have an alternative only 20 minutes farther than the 20 minute drive I already make, I know many are not so fortunate.

I had the opportunity to interact with a priest who shared the opinion of the anonymous priests referenced by Unam Sanctum Catholicam, and it was an eye opening exchange.  I learned that just because a priest is friendly to tradition doesn't mean he desires to offer the TLM to traditionalist Catholics.  On the contrary he finds these Catholics an undue burden and sheep that are not worthy of shepherding due to their unreasonable demands.

The question any traditionally-minded Catholic needs to ask themselves is, "What will I do if the indult parish in my diocese ceases the TLM?"  Most diocese don't have the FSSP or other scanctioned traditionalist orders because they were not allowed.  Thankfully the SSPX have chapels where no other options exist.  If the Mass I love became unavailable at my parish, my family and I would be at the SSXP chapel the very next Sunday.  We are all one Mass away from the SSPX, perhaps a good pastor or bishop understands.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Novus Ordo Enriching The Traditional Latin Mass - I don't Think So.

Let me tell you a story about something that might have happened.  A certain "ultra-conservative" yet Novus Ordo thru-n-thru parish had a priest who preferred following the rubrics.  Perhaps the Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated during the week now and then.  Maybe the pastor decided to do away with Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion?

Now imagine this priest retired and was replaced by a priest who was thought to have a similar interests.  But said priest no longer feels the same way he did maybe 10 years ago?  Maybe he has been transferred one too many times or maybe he is just gotten too old to rebel against the status quo?  Yet he still retains a blunt and rigid personality... what could go wrong?

Surely something as inconsequential as "enriching" the Novus Ordo with the idea that consecrated hands provide the Holy Eucharist as normative would not be rebuked by a priest who used to be pastor of an indult parish would it?  Surely it could - causing tumult among the most devout members of the "New Evangelization" movement.

My friends, do not take comfort in a Novus Ordo Mass celebrated by a priest who obeys the rubrics - his personality is why you have what you have.  When he is gone - which will be so much sooner than you think, what once was "enriching" will become "worse than the first."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pagan Weddings

A priest I knew years ago referred to non-Catholic weddings as "pagan weddings".  I remember the phrase caught my attention and I found his perspective on the matter quite refreshing.  When I was younger I attended wedding ceremonies that were performed outside the Church.  I also attended my uncle's wedding ceremony even though he had given up his Catholic faith for the relationship.  Going to "weddings" is really the easy part - it's not going that can be very difficult.

The first wedding I intentionally skipped was my closest aunt's.  She was protestant when she married my uncle but after they divorced we were still very close.  She went on to convert to Catholicism which made it difficult when she decided to marry again, but outside of the Church.  Since the ceremony was to be at the reception hall I did not go or send a gift.  She didn't question me why and so I didn't tell her.

Next was a close friend who was raised Catholic but had joined a fundamentalist protestant religion.  This was very painful because he had actually been in my wedding a few years earlier.  His bride-to-be was a non-religious former Catholic who desired her homosexual friend to be in the wedding too of course.  He knew I wasn't going to be comfortable with the wedding but he was stunned I did not even want to attend.  I offered to be there for him at the reception but it was rebuked.  The friendship ended.

Now my brother-in-law who is not Catholic wants to marry a divorced fallen-away Catholic in an outdoor wedding/reception ceremony and expects not only his sister to attend but her husband and children - oblivious to the moral conflicts that exist.  For me if it's not a Catholic wedding it's a pagan wedding ceremony.  Catholic teaching is very clear about what constitutes a valid wedding for baptized Catholics.  Perhaps if more people understood Catholic teaching on marriage?  Explaining it hasn't helped yet.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Too Rigid For Television?

Within the past 10 years or so television has declined to a state of almost complete immorality.  A large percentage of content is now pushing the homosexual agenda including kid shows.  The problem is not just on cable, the same garbage is found on broadcast networks.  News reports, sports commentary, even the commercials are full of the same filth.  

In my household we have 2 televisions connected to a rooftop antenna and Nintento Wii game systems that provide easy access to Netflix and other streaming media.  The rooftop antenna captures about 30 channels of HD content from the local broadcast networks.  Children are not allowed to turn a TV on without parental consent and continuous supervision.

Most of the time the TVs are off in the house but they are on for video games, streaming content, and occasionally broadcast network news or other programming.  While this is not a perfect solution it is one that works for my family given the pervasive immoral content.  In this way I am able to teach my children about the content which they will surely be exposed to elsewhere. 

So I am not "too rigid for television" but I do believe it can be dangerous.  Sadly it is no more dangerous than what kids might experience in public.  For those who have decided to eliminate television I understand, but I do not agree with the sagacity of keeping their children away from families that allow TVs.  I knew kids who grew up without a TV in their home and it did not prevent them from spiritual harm as adults.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Psuedo Disciples of Vatican 2

Turn on your local televised Sunday Mass if you are looking for the fulfillment of all that Vatican 2 set out to achieve, the desolation of ecumenism.  Substituting glory due to God with the glorification of community, disciples of Vatican 2 practice their craft under the guise of "active participation".

Cameras pan over pews populated mostly by elderly women and mothers all apparently suffering from infertility.  Vein attempts are made to bring the few children present to a special "Children's Liturgy".  Singing takes center stage - literally.  No tabernacle but a legion of "Eucharistic Ministers".  Communion in the hand, where bowing to the back of the next person in line is standard.

The diabolical disorientation of Versus Populum worship is a hallmark belief by the disciples of Vatican 2 and one of it's more divisive aspects.  But like all the hard won protestant reforms implemented after the council, there will be no "turning back the clock".  The Vatican 2 euthanasia program is here to stay, and the practitioners will not be denied their subjective preference.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Novus Ordoland

It's a curious thing Novus Ordoland.  On one hand there is the new Mass which most Catholics will agree is lacking.  On the other hand there is the parish school, fellowship groups, and related events that serve the mainstream modern Catholic Church.

I will not - I cannot subjugate my faith or even the possibility that any of my children will grow up believing that the Novus Ordo with all it's social cliques, stamped with diocesan approval, in any way will inoculate against the acute condition of this world in decline.  When the cult of personality plays false I will not be undecided. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Why It Doesn't Feel Like Family

For the second time in so many years my parish is enduring unusual circumstances with their clergy.  Hopefully this is not the beginning of a pattern.  Instead of explanations we are again presented with a kind of clerical wall of silence.  Everybody knows something is wrong but few want to talk about it openly, most notably the clergy.  A Parish is supposed to feel like a family, but this does not.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

One Mass Away From SSPX

I believe we are all one Mass away from being SSPX.  We are the Catholics who love our faith and the Traditional Latin Mass.  Most of us have never been to an SSPX chapel or even met a fellow "SSPX Catholic".  But these priests are Catholic and the laity who attend their Masses are in communion with the Catholic Church.   A generation has been thoroughly propagandized to believe otherwise.  Ask yourself what you would do if the diocesan approved TLM was ended in your area?  I bet you know where the closest SSPX chapel is don't you?  A sobering fact.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mowing Down Abortion Clinic Protesters

Today I read a tweet by a young women who struggled with her urge to "RAM HER CAR INTO PPL WHO PROTEST OUTSIDE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD".   In the world of social media and rampant mental instability such comments only add to the danger those few people who may someday go to pray outside an abortion mill.  I've prayed outside a local abortion facility during a 40 Days For Life campaign.  I had no idea what to expect and I don't know if I will ever do it again.

I brought my then 12 yr old daughter with me, she didn't want to go.  What she didn't know is that I did not want to go without her - I did not want to go alone.  She went once before with my wife during the day but we were going at night.  Our city has only 1 abortion clinic located on a busy central roadway.  The neighborhood is poor and full of minorities and college aged people.  We had to park 2 blocks away due to the lack of parking on the side streets.

On the main road there is nothing to distinguish the small commercial building as an abortion mill.  I only knew it was because I had the address - which I'm sure is how those seeking an abortion find it.  The entrance was in the back which is also where the parking lot was.  Out front there was nothing but a camera, a small patch of parkway grass, and the busy street.  We stood in the alleyway that ran between the neighboring building.

In the dark I prayed the Rosary with my daughter, a man with 3 of his young children, and young women who appeared to be in her early 20's.  We prayed for 1 hour and during that time probably 10 people walked by on the sidewalk - all minding their own business as were we.  We had prayed the Holy Rosary in the first 15 minutes aloud, but now we were all praying silently, hoping that no violence would occur inside OR out.

Halfway through our time someone drove by with a window down shouting, "Why do you have to be so racist!!??"  It was a younger white women who drove by a second time to shout some other vulgar and disgraceful obscenities in front of young children.  Apparently this person believed that only persons of color utilized this facility.  Obviously she knew what the building was for despite it's unremarkable appearance. 

When our hour was over we escorted the girl in her early 20's back to her car since it was on our way.  She was visibly nervous and so were we, since we did not know if anyone was waiting for us on our 2-block walk back our car.  Thankfully the night ended without any further incident.  I'm not even sure if the abortion facility was open, there was no way to see inside nor was there any view of the parking lot entrance.  Anyone seeking an abortion here has no contact with those praying out front at the busy street.

I am someone who wants to experience things firsthand so I know what all the controversy is about.  Protesting out front of the local abortion mill was not on my bucket list.  I did it because someone very close to me has had an abortion at this very facility.  I know intimate details about what takes place on the other side of the mirrored glass windows.  I know what this person was thinking when they made the appointment.  I know what they thought when they approached the doors.  I know that people where there praying then and she knew it.  I know that she did not want to have the abortion - that she felt she had no choice.

To know what I know.  To know what takes place both inside and outside.  To know how horrible the circumstances are for those who find themselves entering the back parking lot entrance to this destination for those who are provided no choice in their worlds!  No choice.  No choice?  So much for a women's right to choose!  I feared for the women who entered this facility and their unborn children - but I feared just as much for the people praying outside.  Never did I feel so close to the devil's domain.  I have been to some evil places but here outside the abortion mill, I feared not the people inside, but those who might desire to commit great bodily harm to those praying outside.

Be careful before you judge.  The people outside abortion clinics are most likely not racists, or some heartless protester.  Most likely they are people who know abortion firsthand and all the ramifications that come from it.  Most likely they are praying for the mother who finds herself at the doors of these facilities whatever their situation.  Let them pray in silence.  Do not fan the flames of hatred and evil by tweeting about running them over with your car!  You will end up in jail for murder! Now isn't that ironic?