Friday, June 15, 2007

Motu Proprio Watch




Looks like the deal is done. What the document actually says, and when it will actually be released to the public both remain uncertain. I won't be available this weekend, so stick with Rorate Caeli for updates.

Betrayal And Defeat

Looks like gay "marriage" is here to stay in Massachusetts, and the voters will never get a chance to abolish it via the state constitution.

And if it is a permanent feature of Massachusetts law, it must be given full faith and credit by every other state. The only way around that is a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and/or exempting states from the full faith and credit clause being applied by the federal courts against states that refuse to recognize this perversion of the institution and sacrament.

God help us.

Heaven have mercy on us.

Most Sacred Heart Of Jesus

O my Most Loving and Gentle Jesus, I desire with all the affections of my heart, that all beings created and uncreated, should praise Thee, honor Thee, and glorify Thee eternally for that sacred wound wherewith Thy divine side was rent.

I deposit, enclose, conceal in that wound and in that opening in Thy Heart, my heart and all my feelings, thoughts, desires, intentions and all the faculties of my soul.

I entreat Thee, by the precious Blood and Water that flowed from Thy Most Loving Heart, to take entire possesion of me, that Thou may guide me in all things.

Consume me in the burning fire of thy holy Love, so that I may be so absorbed and transformed into Thee that I may no longer be but one with Thee.

Hail, Heart most holy,
Hail, Heart most meek,
Hail, Heart most humble,
Hail, Heart most pure,
Hail, Heart most devout,
Hail, Heart most wise,
Hail, Heart most patient,
Hail, Heart most obedient,
Hail, Heart most vigilent,
Hail, Heart most faithful,
Hail, Heart most blessed,
Hail, Heart most merciful,
Hail, most loving Heart of Jesus and Mary;

Thee we adore,
Thee we praise,
Thee we glorify,
To Thee do we give thanks;
Thee we love,
With all our heart,
With all our soul,
And with all our strength;
To Thee we offer our heart,
We give it,
We consecrate it,
We immolate it;
Accept and posses it entirely,
And purify it,
And illuminate it,
And sanctify it;
that in it Thou may live and reign
both now and forever,
and in the age of ages.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Substantially united to the Word of God,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Of Infinite Majesty,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Burning Furnace of charity,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Vessel of Justice and love,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Full of goodness and love,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Abyss of all virtues,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Most worthy of all praises,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, In Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, In Whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Divinity,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father is well pleased,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Of Whose fullness we have all received,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Desire of the everlasting hills,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Patient and abounding in mercy,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Rich unto all who call upon Thee,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Fountain of life and holiness,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Atonement for our sins,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Filled with reproaches,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Bruised for our offenses,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Made obedient unto death,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Pierced with a lance,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Source of all consolation,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Our Life and Resurrection,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Our Peace and Reconciliation,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Victim for our sins,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Salvation of those who hope in Thee,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in Thee,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Delight of all the Saints,
Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thine most-beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and appeased by worthy homage, pardon those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy Great Goodness in the name of the same Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Jesus, who dost burn with love for us, humbly kneeling at Thy feet we adore Thee with the deepest veneration of our soul; and in order to make Thee recompense for the outrages which Thy Divine Heart daily receives in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, we unite ourselves with the hearts of all those who love Thee and give Thee tender thanks. We love in Thy Divine heart this incomprehensible fire of love towards Thy Eternal Father; and we entreat Thee to inflame our hearts with ardent charity towards Thee and towards our neighbours.

My most loving Jesus, my own heart is glad when I think upon Thy most Sacred Heart, all tenderness and sweetness for sinners, and I am filled with confident hope of Thy kind welcome. But O, my sins! how many and how great are they! Grieving now, like Peter and like Magdalene, I bewail and abhor them, because they are an offence to Thee, my Sovereign Good. O, grant me pardon for them all. Would that I might die before I offend Thee again! I pray Thee, by Thy Sacred Heart, that I may live only to requite Thy love.

My Jesus, I bless Thy most humble Heart; and I give thanks unto Thee, who by making It my model dost not only give me strong and urgent inducement to imitate It, but also, at the cost of so many humiliations, dost vouchsafe Thyself to point out, and to smooth for me the way to follow Thee. Cool and ungrateful that I am, how have I wandered far away from Thee! Pardon me, my Jesus! Take from me all hateful pride and ambition, that with lowly heart I may follow Thee, my Jesus, amidst humiliations, and so obtain peace and salvation. Strengthen me, Thou who canst, and I will ever bless Thy Sacred Heart.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who glory in the Most Sacred Heart of Thy well-beloved Son, and call to mind the great benefits of His heavenly charity towards us, may be gladdened by the operation and fruit of those graces in our souls. Through the same Christ our Lord.

O Divine Heart of my Jesus! I adore Thee with all the powers of my soul; I consecrate them to Thee for ever, together with all my thoughts, my words, my works, and my whole self, and I purpose to offer to Thee, as far as I am able, acts of adoration, love, and glory, like unto those which Thou dost offer to Thine Eternal Father. I beseech Thee, make reparation for my transgressions, be the Protector of my life, my refuge and asylum in the hour of my death. By Thy sighs and by that sea of bitterness in which Thou wast immersed for me throughout the whole course of Thy mortal life, grant me true contrition for my sins, contempt of earthly things, an ardent longing for the glory of heaven, trust in Thy infinite merits, and final perseverance in Thy grace.

Heart of Jesus, all love! I offer Thee these humble prayers for myself and for all who unite with me in spirit to adore Thee; vouchsafe of Thy infinite goodness to receive and to answer them, and especially for that one of us who shall first end this mortal life. Sweet Heart of my Saviour, pour down upon him in the agony of death Thine inward consolations; receive him within Thy sacred wounds; cleanse him from every stain in that Furnace of Love, that so Thou mayest open to him speedily the entrance into Thy glory, there to intercede with Thee for all those who yet tarry in this their land of exile.

Most Holy Heart of my most loving Jesus, h purpose to renew these acts of adoration and these prayers for myself, miserable sinner, as well as for all who are associated with me in adoring Thee, and to offer them to Thee every moment while I live, down to the last instant of my life. I recommend to Thee, my Jesus, the Holy Church, Thy well-beloved Spouse, our own true Mother, all just souls, all poor sinners, the afflicted, the dying, and all men over the face of the whole earth: let not Thy Blood be shed in vain for them; and vouchsafe lastly to apply it to the relief of the souls in purgatory, and above all to those who in the course of their life were wont devoutly to adore Thee.

Most loving Heart of Mary, who, amongst the hearts of all creatures of God, art at once the most pure, most inflamed with love for Jesus, and most compassionate towards us poor sinners, gain for us from the heart of Jesus our Redeemer all the graces which we ask of thee. Mother of mercies, one sigh, one movement of thy heart inflamed with love towards the Heart of Jesus, has power perfectly to console us. Grant us, then, this favour, and then the Heart of Jesus, full of that filial love It had for thee and will ever have, will not fail to hear and answer our request. Amen.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vigil Of the Feast of the Sacred Heart

My most loving Jesus, my own heart is glad when I think upon Thy most Sacred Heart, all tenderness and sweetness for sinners, and I am filled with confident hope of Thy kind welcome. But O, my sins! how many and how great are they! Grieving now, like Peter and like Magdalene, I bewail and abhor them, because they are an offence to Thee, my Sovereign Good. O, grant me pardon for them all. Would that I might die before I offend Thee again! I pray Thee, by Thy Sacred Heart, that I may live only to requite Thy love.
From The Chaplet of the Sacred Heart from The Raccolta

Because the devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are so closely linked (indeed St. Jean Eudes tells us that the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary are One), artists often execute matched sets of the Two Hearts in the same style. It just happens that the Immaculate Heart image that is the match for the above Sacred Heart is the one that was in my house when I was growing up:

For much more about the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, see my blog with Ginny The Inspired Traditionalist, Two Hearts Ablaze: The Sacred And Immaculate Hearts Blog

What Makes Someone Catholic?

A great post over at The Simple and the Ordinary

Motu Proprio Watch

A nice article on the ordinations in Saint Louis tomorrow for the Institute of Christ the King, with another possible, rumored date for release of the Motu Proprio.

July 14th? Well, how thoughtful of our Holy Father, two days before my birthday!

Again, enough with the symbolic dates! It'll be released when it is ready, and the Holy Father is ready to release it, unless the Holy Father assumes room temperature first. Then it would probably never see the light of day. It probably won't be released on a Sunday, or on a major feast day. The Vatican thinks of this as just another working document, and it will be released on a work day.

Check This Out

Need more practical reasons to fight against "altar girls" in your parish? Mac has the low-down on what really happens.

As someone said about a year or two ago (the line was so good, I remembered it, though I forgot who wrote it): It used to be that a woman venturing into the Sanctuary even to dust would cause a stir of dread and anxiety. Now they are farding around in the Sanctuary like it was Dollar Day at Macy's.


The Archdiocese Of Boston Has Learned Nothing From The Scandal

The Archdiocese of Boston was a couple of years ago the epicenter of the pervert priest scandal that oozed throughout the nation and the world. The principal cause of the center of gravity of this phenomenon being located here in Boston was the Archdiocesan policy from the 1950s on, of not keeping dissenters, liberals, and more-or-less openly homosexual faculty, administration, and students out of Saint John's Seminary.

They opened the floodgates, in the name of "diversity," and keeping up the numbers to make things look good, and got a Lavender Mafia deeply entrenched, producing such perverts as Fathers Shanley, Geoghan, and arch-enabler Bishop McCormack (among many others).

In response to the Father Porter Scandal of the early 1990s, Saint John's Seminary was already cleaned out and largely improved before the Scandal rocked the Archdiocese in 2001. The priests produced for the Archdiocese since about 1994 have been pretty solid, orthodox priests, mostly without hints of the perversion of homosexuality.

Now, with the sale of most of the Saint John's Seminary Campus to Boston College, BC's notoriously heterodox theology and religious studies departments, and, probably much worse, the Weston Jesuits, will be sharing space with the Seminary. Both BC and Weston are riddled with breath-takingly heterodox faculty, administration, and students. Open homosexuals and lesbians hold important positions, and the suggestions of the Vatican regarding keeping homosexuals out of the seminary and any sort of religious formation program have been ignored at both institutions.

So these astonishingly heterodox people will be in daily contact with the seminarians of St. John's. And we are to believe that this will have no impact on the quality of priests produced for the Archdiocese. It beggars belief.

Does anyone truly think that, in a few years, the same lesbians and gays who are screening candidates for Weston will not be employed in screening candidates for the Seminary? Does anyone not understand that joint classes, often taught, to save money, by faculty from Weston Jesuit or BC, will not tend to pull the seminarians in a heterodox direction?

That the Cardinal could so misconstrue the nature and cause of the Scandal, and so blithely allow the seminary under his control to march right back down the path that lead to the financial, moral, and pastoral disaster that overtook the Archdiocese only a few years ago is just too much.

The staunch outgoing rector of the Seminary, a Dominican, and therefore not under the Cardinal's thumb, has resigned ahead of schedule, and blistered the Archdiocese with his very legitimate concerns.

The Archdiocese is poo-pooing Father Farren. But he is correct. They are wrong. This move will prove to be terrible for the Archdiocese of Boston, and for Saint John's Seminary.

Remember what conservatives call "O'Sullivan's Law," for former National Review Editor John O'Sullivan, who originated it. All institutions which are not mindfully, aggressively, purposefully, and consistently conservative tend, over time, to become liberal. Under Father Farren, Saint John's Seminary has been pretty close to that ideal. It had rooted out the dissenters, and effaced most of its Lavender Mafia from faculty and administration. Now, as Father Farren leaves, it is going to be increasingly co-mingled with gay-friendly Weston and heterodox BC. Do you think that, without strong leadership, Saint John's will be able to keep from drifting down the heterodox and dissenting path, where homosexuality is just "the way you are," and something to be celebrated?

Liberalism is comfortable and easy. It allows you to be seen as "enlightened" by the world. It gains the praise of the press, academia, and Hollywood. It gets you invited to the flashy parties. But it is also a sin.

The path of Catholic orthodoxy is much harder. The world will hate you for it. It involves sacrifice. It involves making judgments, calling a spade a spade, and a sin a sin. It means rejecting the ethos of modern liberalism, rather than collaborating with it. It means shunning homosexuality, and being considered bigoted by the world. It means hewing steadfastly to traditional Catholic moral teachings, and not making one's accommodation with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The Archdiocese has decided that the way of the world is what it wants from our future priests. And they, within 30 years, shall reap a tornado of destruction that shall make the recent Scandal seem like a Sunday picnic.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Saints' Festivals In Boston's North End For 2007

Follow this link or just look below for dates. Some are just processions, and some are full-fledged celebrations of Italian Catholicism, complete with marching bands and fried dough. Check the website to see which are which.

June 2 - 3, 2007
Santa Maria Di Anzano
Feast Celebration & Procession
Hanover & Prince Streets
Procession: June 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

June 10, 2007
St. Anthony Society
Procession only at 1:00 p.m.
Prince & Hanover Streets

June 24, 2007
Society of Saint Jude Thaddeus of Boston
Procession only at 2:00 p.m.
Hanover and Prince Streets

July 8, 2007
Madonna del Grazie Society
Procession only at 2:00 p.m.
North Square

July 15, 2007
St. Rocco Society
Procession only at 2:00 p.m.
Prince Street

July 22, 2007
St. Domenic Society
Procession only at 2:00 p.m.
North Square

July 27 - 29, 2007
St. Joseph Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 3 - 5, 2007
St. Agrippina di Mineo Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 10 - 12, 2007
Madonna Della Cava Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 16 - 19, 2007
Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna
Del Soccorso di Sciacca Society of Boston
Feast Celebration
Fleet & North Streets

August 24 - 26, 2007
San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc.
Feast Celebration
Thatcher & Endicott Streets

August 27, 2007
St. Lucy Society
Feast Celebration
Thatcher & Endicott Streets

September 9, 2007
Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Society
Procession only at 1:00 p.m.
North Square


The Last Judgment by Tintoretto

"In the church of S. Maria dell' Orto...Tintoretto has painted the Universal Judgement of the last day, painted with an extravagant invention that truly has in it something awesome and terrible..." Vasari, II-511


Saint Anthony of Padua

The Catholic Encyclopedia On St. Anthony


This great Franciscan saint, proclaimed by Pope Pius XII the "Evangelical Doctor" of the Church, is also the patron of those seeking lost things.

When Saint Anthony was preaching in Rimini, a local heretic (some sources say the man was Jewish) stated that he would not believe in Our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist unless a horse knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. After praying, Saint Anthony had a horse brought to him, and showed the horse the Blessed Sacrament in his right hand, and some oats in his left. The horse refused the oats, and knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. And the heretic made his submission to Holy Mother the Church. A great St. Anthony story, and very appropriate since last Thursday/Sunday was Corpus Christi.

St. Anthony and the horse, from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"I'll Bet You A Dollar To A Donut"

I guess that phrase is now becoming obsolete, with the price of a single donut at Dunkies nearing 90 cents.

The idea behind the phrase was that donuts were worth much less than a dollar. Probably a nickle or less at the time the phrase caught on. It was not intended to mean that the matter under dispute was an even bet. You were giving the other person very favorable odds, because it wasn't likely they were right.

Only 4 years ago, you could still walk into a supermarket, or into Dunkin's and get a single donut for 50 cents. Today, 89 cents in DDs around Boston (where Dunkin Donuts are thicker on the ground than fire hydrants-and some of them smaller). Sixty-nine cents in many supermarkets.

In this age when a gallon of low-grade gas costs over $3.25, when it costs more than 1 cent to produce a penny, and when penny candy costs 50 cents or more, quaint expressions of yore are becoming unfathomable to those unfamiliar with the American culture of the 1930s to 1950s.

What are other endangered phrases? The prevalence of digital time-keeping is making our familiar "Quarter of," "Half past," and "Twenty of" unintelligible to both young people and foreigners.

Scary, Isn't It?

The man isn't even Catholic yet, and folks are discussing the possibility he will be ordained as a deacon. What, are deacons supposed to be just like real Catholics, just dissenting from basic moral teaching on human life issues?

For more, check The Hermaneutic Of Continuity


Life Lessons Learned While Washing Dishes

From Dom Bettinelli

Beatification Of Spanish Martyrs

Almost 400 Spanish priests, monks, nuns, and laymen martyred by the Communist government and its forces in the 1930s will be beatified in a single ceremony at Rome this October.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Traditional Catholic Downloads

Father Finigan pointed the way to Keep the Faith, which I had never heard of before. It looks very interesting, although I am still in the dark ages when it comes to MP3 and iPod listening. If it is on a CD and I can play it in my Walkman, though...


A Telling Quotation

Right on the heels of Corpus Christi, I found this over at Salve Regina, and thought I'd share it with a wider audience.

Father George Rutler had asked Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta what the worst problem in the world today is. Her reply:

"Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand."


Paradox Place

So much good stuff I could browse for days!

Cathedrals. Monasteries. Renaissance Art. Medieval Art. Architecture.

Densely organized with hundred of links. And some of the most magnificent photography you will see on the internet.

The following is just a teaser:

From Chartres Cathedral


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Prayer Request

Please keep my blogging partner Ginny's mother in your prayers. She suffered a heart attack yesterday afternoon while visiting her son and granddaughter in California.

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